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Re: [RC] Extended Trot - Sisu West Ranch

".... What I saw on these horses was their front legs all beat up by the back legs hitting the front. ..."
Back in the good ole' days when men were men and horses worked for a living, you could buy a special harness to teach your buggy horse the "passing trot*" where the back legs are spread wide, and miss the front legs.  My first endurance horse was a speed quarter horse who taught himself to do this.  When his trot hit ~11 mph you could feel the rear end drop, the strides per minute go down, and the speed pick up.  I measured from his hoof beats a couple of feet of over stride.
It was extremely comfortable to ride, and apparently comfortable and efficient for him. 
*My farrier who was born in the Amish tradition, taught me this term.
Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875
(406) 642-9640

[RC] Extended Trot, Peggy B-Smith