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Re: [RC] pacing anglo - Truman Prevatt

Gaited horses - especially the walking horses and five gaited horses - can walk out. If they don't they won't gait. The orverstird seems to come with the package and as they get stronger the walk gets faster and more powerful with more over stride.

The old time walking horse trainers - when they used to spend time on them instead of trying to get the two minute maricle for the show ring - used to have a rider take the horse out day after day and just walk and walk and walk. They would say once they can walk everything else falls into place.

When I was riding the mare (TWH) she had a walk that would require others to trot to keep up. I measured it one time - 6 miles in one hour.  This is the plan old easy flat footed walk - no running walk, no gait. The one thing about it is the thrust that comes from the hind end on every stride. You can really feel if you're not loose in the hips it can get to you.

With non gaited horses that will gait and have a big walk, I suspect if you looked hard you'd find there are two components. One is clearly wiring that gives them the tendency to gait and also conformation that gives them the big walk.


Heidi Smith wrote:
My daughter had a registered Quarter Horse gelding that 'singlefooted'.  A
really nice gait -- comfortable and can cover distances for hours.  Only
problem, difficult to get a singlefooter to flat out walk.

Actually, with my Arabs that amble or singlefoot, I've not found that to be
the case.  The ones I've had with the most tendency to gait have also had
the most outstanding walks.  My best "gaiter" has been my stallion Abu Ben
Surrabu--and one of my favorite memories of his endurance career was doing
the last 12 miles of the Santiam 100 in the pitch dark, up over Cash
Mountain (single file trail over a BIG climb, and jeep road down the other
side), glow sticks swinging on his chest, in 2:05 without ever getting out
of a walk.  We actually put distance between us and horses behind us that
were trotting trying to catch up.  He has an overreach as much as 16" at the
walk pretty routinely, and can really march along.



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