Originally Posted by RiosDad
12.5 mph is a very good trot but it is not sustainable and I believe it would be quit rough to ride. My arab can hit 12 but he is really extending, rough and I know it is taking too much out of him. 8 mph is comfortable and something he can maintain over hours.
Correct, we wouldn't stay at that pace for hours on end. We were both trotting and walking today, just 8 miles overall. She's a relatively new horse for the woman I ride with-her $1 horse...and we wanted to see how well she could trot out. I was happy with that result though! It was a very smooth ride on this particular horse. She is a morgan but has a paso fino type gait, with the paddling motion, if you know what I mean. =) I didn't really post, just kinda felt like I was floating above her.
Anyway, yes, I'm not saying that's a normal trot...just goes to show how much it could vary I guess.