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post #1 of 28 Old 03-25-2015, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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My horse is pacing?

I have a clydie x gelding that sometimes paces at the walk and i don't know why :/ Anyone have any experience with this?
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post #2 of 28 Old 03-25-2015, 09:05 PM
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i don't know what you mean. a horse cannot "pace" at the walk. he is either walking or pacing, or other gait. a pace is closer to a trot in speed. I mean, a pacing horse will move out as fast as a trotting horse, if not faster.
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Do you mean he paces back and forth? Like he is anxious or nervous?
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here's a cool video of a horse pacing quickly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClQCvT3P4EE
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i mean like how gaited horses and standardbreds pace. He walks with his right fore and hind at the same time..like a giraffe haha
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post #6 of 28 Old 03-25-2015, 09:19 PM
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Well maybe the x part is a Gaited horse
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Perhaps, his old owner told me hes a stationbred but who knows.
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What is a stationbred?
Did you mean he is half standardbred? The pace is not a walk, but a gait that horses who are gaited bred, perform instead of a trot

Here is a good link that goes into gaits, and you can see the difference between a pace and at rot

Horse gait - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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post #9 of 28 Old 03-25-2015, 10:04 PM
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ALL horses walk rh/rf/lh/lf moving the pairs off feet on the same side at the same time. Many animals do. Same movement similar visual.

Now a pace (as in the actual gait that Standardbreds and gaited horses do) is interchangeable with the trot. In the trot the diagonal legs move, in a pace the lateral. The legs on the same side move literally at the same time and rise and fall at the same time resulting in a two beat gait as opposed to four.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh2yveXTKaU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfPTCpBhhMA

Note the footfall is the same. The horse just tends (some, and yours do not) to move diagonally and the giraffe laterally.

Horse pacing at 2:40- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2jBYugBFvc.

With your giraffe analogy I got (I think!) what you meant and that you did not mean the true gait "the pace" as that is a separate trot like gait.

It doesn't mean anything it's just how he moves. If he is truly pacing it's a separate gait and doesn't mean anything more then that he can and will pace.
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i mean like how gaited horses and standardbreds pace. He walks with his right fore and hind at the same time..like a giraffe haha
Well, that does sound like lateral movement buT a short clear video of the horse in movement could put an end to all the guessing
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