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Re: [RC] speaking of twh/mft - Elite

   Our gelding Vindicator does this wide extended trot.  His head sways
side to side as his body flexes with the back leg reaching up along side.
   Another fringe benefit is how intimidating it is to other riders  : - )
I have yet to ride with someone without them commenting on "the trot" and
start asking questions about the horse.    In serious competition a rider
can really toy with a trot like this, extending and then bringing it back
making the other horse trot, canter, trot, canter, and wearing them out.

Linda

The other fringe benefit of this is that having the hind leg track to the
outside of the front leg in a really fast trot helps to eliminate any
chance of a collision between the forelimb coming back into flexion as the
hind limb reaches forward into full extension.

You can feel horses with this sort of trot literally "shift gears" when
the trot becomes this long--their backs actually drop (not in a
hollowed-back sense--the whole body becomes lower) as those abductor
muscles kick in and the trot lengthens.

Any Standardbred worth his salt trots this way quite readily--if you ever
have the opportunity to sit behind one in a sulky, it is quite a sight.

Given a fit horse that is doing this for all the right reasons, I consider
it a very desirable characteristic--certainly not a fault!

Heidi



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