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I know that a running walk is generally a gaited horse term but I was wondering if anyone else trains their stock horses to pick up their version of the running walk?

I have been working with Dobe on it and he is doing pretty well but isn't always consistent. I guess I just don't ride him enough.


The best example is at the very beginning and about 3 minutes in.

Does anyone else have a video of their stock horse doing a running walk?
 

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I don't have any videos but most of my horses walk really good. Just before your horse trots around the 3 minute mark is how my horses travel most of the time. Thier head is swinging a little and they really step out.
 

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Yeah, he is more consistent out on the trail as he is not used to working circles. He would go a lot faster if only his darn stride wasn't so short. LOL.
 

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He's got a bit of a swim in his front like the termino of the Peruvian Paso's. Maybe he has some spanish blood in there?
 

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To really get him to go, try making him walk through tall weeds or grass, it gets them to step out nicely.
That's what we do with the Walkers to get them to gait, his head was moving really nicely from a gaited point of view, like Kevin said at the 3 minute mark right before he trots is exactly how he should look if you are wanting the running walk.
 

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I swear to god that Zierra's dam Zena did the fox trot :lol: That mare never knew how to do anything slowly, and even when I managed to convince her she didn't need to gallop anywhere, her walk was still a determined "hang on cause we're gettin' there fast!" It was smooth as silk and so fast, I swear she could not have possibly been doing a "normal" walk gait.

Zierra doesn't have a running walk, but I absolutely ADORE Arabs for being able to do the half-walk/half-trot jig. Zierra is pro at doing it in a very relaxed manner - we compromise when she wants to go and I want to walk, if I give her her head a bit, she'll amble along at this absolutely smooth jogging pace. I don't even know how to describe it, but I've found most Arabs can do it. I suppose it would almost be the equivilant of the western pleasure jog, but more like a fancy Arab walk with a bounce. :lol:
 

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I think it's awesome that you're teaching a usually non-gaited horse to do the running walk. Gary Lane has an excellent book/DVD on training horses to do excellent, impulsive gaits. I tried his methods on my once-pacey Tennessee Walker and the results were amazing.
 

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I love it smrobs! Hes even got a little head nod in there! My old QH (heart horse) executed a running walk when asked. It was never quite as smooth as my gaited friends but covered as much ground and could have fooled a judge...had he not been built like a QH!

While it does take balance and concentration on the horses part, a flat walk/running walk are basically just that...a very fast walk. A well balanced horse should be able to pull that off.

I knew a girl years ago who had a very well bred QH who could rack like you wouldn't believe. Josey had the smoothest, fastest rack ever! It was truely amazing and all self taught!
 

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LOL, Cori. He does his best but his stride is so naturally short that it really doesn't cover that much ground. Quite a few years ago, I rode a little paint stud that could absolutely fly at the walk. It was a good thing too because his trot would leave you with bruises.
 

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Zierra doesn't have a running walk, but I absolutely ADORE Arabs for being able to do the half-walk/half-trot jig. Zierra is pro at doing it in a very relaxed manner - we compromise when she wants to go and I want to walk, if I give her her head a bit, she'll amble along at this absolutely smooth jogging pace. I don't even know how to describe it, but I've found most Arabs can do it. I suppose it would almost be the equivilant of the western pleasure jog, but more like a fancy Arab walk with a bounce. :lol:

Yes!! Lacey totally does that too! It's my favorite. :lol:

Last summer at camp she'd sometimes get really into it and I'd just be happily going along being like "this is the best gait ever!", then we'd hear a shout and discover that the 10 kids on horses behind us were basically being left in the forest. :lol: After that happened a few times I had to rein her in a little bit more and not let that happen, but man, it was way comfier than a walk and we were going places!
She has a super long stride too so we can cover major ground.

I think she does other "gaits" too, but I only discovered them this last year and since then I haven't been riding anywhere where I could get videos. Maybe next summer.
 
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