Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Northern Florida
Ok, so thirty five years ago, it was pretty much the same thing. In western pleasure, they liked to call the slow trot a jog. As far as gait, it's the same thing but slower. As with anything over the years, people have a tendency to want to exaggerate things to stand out. The jog is still the same two beat gait as a trot only sloooowwweeerrrr. In English, it would be a slow trot so we are now back to calling the same thing two different names.
Imagine if someone came to watch people riding, and they've always rode english and have never seen western riding. They make a comment "That horse has a really nice canter" Another person who's ridden western all of their lives says "Oh no, that's a lope" The english person is scratching their heads as they are seeing this three beat gait duh duh duh- duh duh duh They ask "What is a lope?" the other person "That right there" English person "that's a canter if I've ever seen one"
I personally don't see any difference unless you want to differentiate it by speed but it's still the same gate. There is obviously a difference between a canter/lope as opposed to a gallop. Three beat vs four beat.
Personally, I think that if you want to differentiate between speeds in the same gait by calling them different names that is fine but it's still the same gate. Wouldn't it be less confusing to call it the specific gate with a speed attached to it? Or is this too boring?
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Last edited by LoriF; 02-26-2020 at 06:48 AM.