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post #11 of 28 Old 03-25-2015, 10:38 PM
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IF he truly 'paces' at a walk, that is incredibly strange! And unstable for a 4 legged beast. I would consider he may have a neurological problem - perhaps gaited genes gone awry - or he's got a body/physical issue causing him to have to move like that.

The way our brains are wired, it is innate for all animals(not specifically bred/conditioned to pace/gait) to 'cross crawl'. Try it yourself - see how hard & how much concentration it takes to walk & swing the same arm & leg forward at the same time. Now try running like that.... try not to fall over! I reckon it's harder than patting your head while rubbing your belly!
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i've got a short video and i'll post it to youtube and link from here. It's so strange!!
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He may be doing the stepping pace. Loosie, gaited horses are wired differently. I watched a young arab move with lateral action. My mare did as well altho she ws part walker. She could do that very slow, elevated canter. Other than that she moved like a regular horse.



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Interesting! Tail swishing to one side but doesn't look like he's got a problem with it. Does he gait at other paces or just the walk? Be interesting to find out his breeding. Be interesting to see if/how gaited horses were different neurologically...
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I need to get on my desktop and find some video of my Tennessee Walker that was a lateral pacer at liberty but did the stepping pace when being ridden.

I honestly can't recall Duke ever moved laterally while doing a dog walk, which is what your horse's movement is called in the Walking Horse world.

That's as distinct of a lateral movement as a horse can have and he in no way looks uncomfortable or moving that way to compensate for injury. He looks pretty comfortable in his skin to me

There is no such thing as a "Stationbred" breed but, there are Standarbreds and they are known to pace.

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He is walking in a perfectly normal sequences of steps.

The hind leg on one side moves forward then the same side front, opposite hind and opposite front (if you start with the left hind then it draws a letter 'N' in pattern) which is what he is doing.
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He is walking in a perfectly normal sequences of steps.

The hind leg on one side moves forward then the same side front, opposite hind and opposite front (if you start with the left hind then it draws a letter 'N' in pattern) which is what he is doing.
Ok, I will take your word on that Because I can't see it and I've watched the video three times What that translates to is my eyes are bad and I have trouble picking up on the finite details of leg synchronization

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The grey is moving laterally, not diagonally. That is how my mare walked when relaxed. When collected she'd walk diagonally. Loosie, haven't you watched the S. Am Pasos? The front legs are moving in rapid succession but the hinds aren't. I've often wondered how the horse keeps track. Kinda like us rubbing our belly while patting one spot on our head. I can do it but I know lots who can't



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That is a borderline "lateral" walk. It is a walk where the four beats are not equal, as is seen here. It is considered a fault in dressage and will cost you major points. iIt can be worked on. Thai article might help.

How to Correct a Lateral Walk | Dressage Today
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