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post #21 of 28 Old 03-26-2015, 02:35 PM
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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.

not a typical walk. the timing between back right/front right is so close as to almost be unified.
in a normal walk the spacing is even ; back right, front right, back left, front left . . . equal amount of time between each step.

this is more typical of a gaited horse, almost a foxtrot, or "indian shuffle".
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He only moves this way at a walk, which confuses me even more. Thanks for the replies everyone! And good thing we don't compete in dressage.
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post #23 of 28 Old 03-26-2015, 08:27 PM
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Looks normal to me. The movement just looks more lateral then diagonal but again note the footfalls are the same.

See my previous post.

It's just the way he moves. Though if he only does it under saddle the rider could be causing/effecting it.

It's really not that unusual, nor does it mean he's gaited. Does he do it if you slow him down and just let him stroll?

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post #24 of 28 Old 03-26-2015, 09:08 PM
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There is no such thing as a "Stationbred" breed but, there are Standarbreds and they are known to pace.

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It's not really a breed but the term "station bred" isn't uncommon is Australia for describing a type of horse. As the OP is in NZ maybe it's used there too.

I don't know what the equivalent in the US would be (maybe ranch-bred?), but here it refers to horses bred on Stations (very large working farms) usually for cattle work and general usage. It's from these horses that the Australian Stock Horse was "founded".

Even now horses bred for hardiness and utility are still bred on stations. People don't want to jump through the hoops of registration, or their horses aren't eligible but they're still bred and they're still good. They do generally resemble the Australian Stock Horse.

Saying all that though I'd be surprised if there was any gaiting breeds in a station bred horse, gaiting breeds are uncommon in Australia, besides the Standardbred, and the Standardbred doesn't have the best reputation.

Maybe it's just a random occurrence? Like how some people walk a bit weird?
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post #25 of 28 Old 03-26-2015, 10:15 PM
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I'd like to see a video from the other side of the horse and directly from the rear. It looks to me like there is a problem with the right hind, but without seeing the left side I can't say if it's a problem just on that side or a visual effect of the off-time walk. He also seems to take a mis-step at 00:14. Is that an anomaly or something recurring?
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post #26 of 28 Old 03-29-2015, 11:51 AM
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He does look very stiff/uncomfortable. I think it may just be him but it could be a lameness issue as well.
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Do you think he looks uncomfortable? i keep rewatching the video and i see no signs of pain? what about him makes you think that?
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post #28 of 28 Old 03-30-2015, 07:07 PM
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I can't explain it; I'm not well versed enough. I just look at his back end and it looks off, stiff, tight... watch the video and try to not look at the front of the horse just the back legs. Best I can explain is that he doesn't seem to be bending enough, especially at the stifle.

If you can get another video directly from the back and another from the other side maybe a more knowledgeable person will chime in.

Has he ever been assessed for lameness?
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