some vets i talked to that judged the competitive trail
rides said they felt uncertain concerning how to judge
the degree of lameness for these horses since they didn't know what the gait
was supposed to look like.
i had one friend in vermont with icelandic horses that went to a few
rides with several horses and found that the vets said her best - and
soundest horse - was the one that trotted instead of the tolt. she
- of course - thought just the opposite.
now that i am doing mostly endurance - the small differences that added
up in ctr are not the important factor.