|When analyzing gait it can be rather confusing and sometimes difficult
to pick up at first with the eye until one has spent a lot of time simply
looking at lots of horses. It will help a lot to know what the far ends
of the gait spectrum are.
By developing an eye for theses first will help to be able to decipher where in between the other gaits lay.
||The maximum end of the lateral gaits is the pace, the
maximum end of the diagonal gaits is the trot . The even gaits of the running
walk and paso llano fall in the middle.
The trot and pace are the easiest to see because they are both 2 beat
This picture is a wonderful example of the trot.
This picture is a lovely example of an extended, forward and free trot. This horse shows no restriction of the head, neck and body. This is a very common sight to see on many of our gaited horses when out in the pasture .
Also knowing if they have trot and using the trot in some of our gaited horses that tend to be toward lateral can be a great tool to build strength in the back to carry a gait better and break up a strong to the lateral horse.
Don't be afraid to find that horse that has trot but also know if the horse has the structure and genes to support your desired smooth gait
By Liz Graves
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