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RE: [RC] conformation dogs/horses - ranch

If I remember properly from an article about gaits and animals in Scientific 
American a decade or so ago, while the feet move similarly dogs and horses do 
many gaits differently.  At the dog equivalent of the gallop, they bend their 
backs to lengthen their stride.  Horses can not do that.  The reason was that 
dogs weigh ~100 lbs or less while horses weigh ~600 lbs or more.  The extra 
weight forces horses to have a much less flexible back.

I assume that similar things happen at the trot.


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