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Re: [RC] [RC] TWH training - Truman Prevatt

May be what is called a "foxtrot." I've heard people describe a foxtrot this way. A stepping pace, amble, etc. are an un even four beat gait that is really a broken pace and tends to the side of being lateral.  If you number the feet lf = 1, lr=2, rf=3 and rr=4 it goes something like the two feet on one side hit the ground like 1-2 and a pause and the two on the right side hit 3-4 so it looks and sounds like 1-2 ---- 3-4. The foxtrot is a four beat gait but it is more a broken trot which goes something like 4-1 --- 2-3.

Clear as mud?


Maryanne Stroud Gabbani wrote:

Quite a lot of the cart horses in Egypt are gaited Arab mixes and it's very common for riders to "train them out of that weird gait" with the explanation that it's not good for them. OTOH, no one has any TWH or anything of the sort here. I have a very good friend who is one of the riders who gets crazy about the funky gait and I haven't the slightest idea what it is, but it seems to be natural. Certainly isn't trained because no one in Egypt would have the faintest idea how to train it. In Dory it looks a bit like a trot in front and a canter in back and her little 14+ hand body can keep up with a 17 h warmblood in extended trot. I've always wondered what it was because it was really comfortable and WAY too fast to post.


Like Tina I pick the speed ( at least in theory I pick the speed ) and the horse figures out what to do with his feet. Jon Warren told me one time that a gaited horse that would trot did much better in distance riding than those that didn't. He should know.


Re: [RC] [RC] TWH training, Maryanne Stroud Gabbani