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Re: RC: XP 2001

My mare would trot on rides, but the trot of most gaited horses is much
smoother (and probably a lot less concussive on the legs ) than the trot
of a trotting horse. Not to mention it's less tiring on the rider.

I don't know about John's horse, but I know every Arab the mare rode
with jogged to keep up with her walk. She would get in a grove and knock
off a mile every 10 minutes. That has really got to be an advantage on a

Big again, don't discount plain old luck.


Laney Humphrey wrote:

> Truman, I hope John Parke will also reply but Skoldjur, his iccie that
> did so many miles, trotted and never tolted.
>     If I had to guess, I'd say small size and great self care
> abilities were factors in those particular horses' successes.  Both
> horses really knew how to take care of themselves efficiently.
> Skoldjur would come into camp and flop on his side, dead to the world
> asleep, looking for all the world like he had died.  But in a bit he'd
> get up and start eating.  Neither horse ever wasted a movement either
> on the trail or in camp.
>     There were arabs that were also very good at taking care of
> themselves so I'd agree, Truman, that luck also played a really big
> role!
> Cheers, Laney
> Truman Prevatt wrote:
>> There are probably a lot of factors - luck being one. In general
>> though  the
>> gaited breeds ,here I'm referring to the Icelandic, were developed
>> to cover
>> ground in an efficient manner to both the rider and horse at
>> moderate speeds (
>> a 5 hour 50 is not a moderate speed where a 10 hour 50 is).
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