Would the load on a racing trotter (given the speed, the fact that the
horse lands on two legs from total suspension, but lack of rider) be
greater than a gaited horse that lands on leg (with 1 or 2 legs already on
the ground) with rider at a working speed?
> From: Tivers@aol.com
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: What consitutes an overly long pastern and should support
boots be used?
> Date: Wednesday, March 19, 1997 11:39 AM
> In a message dated 97-03-19 00:54:49 EST, you write:
> << I can offer one POV on pasterns. Over on Caballo-L, the
> Peruvian list, it has been said that any pastern that goes below
> horizontal when gaiting is too long and weak. This should be true
> either ridden or free. Is this is a reasonable minimum
> standard for any breed, gaited or not? At the trot, or any gait?
> Obviously this will not be true when landing over a jump--I mean
> under normal flat travel. >>
> I have stills and videos of champion Standardbreds pacing and trotting in
> world record times with pasterns below horizontal. It's not pretty--but
> seem to survive it.