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GAITS OF HORSES 2001…D. Karen Hansen, PhD 2007…Stephen R. Schafer, EdD University of Wyoming
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Gaits n Gait = Way of Going n Gait = Horse’s manner of moving its legs during progression n Horse is unique among other animals because it has many gaits
Basis For Determining The Gait n Footfall sequence n Beat n Stride n Suspension
Walk n Mother or basis or foundation of all gaits n Walk = 4-beat gait that is slow n LH (1) - LF(2) - RH (3) - RF (4) n There is no suspension phase n At least 2 feet are always on the ground
Rack n The Rack is actually a modified walk or exaggerated walk in which flexion is key to the movement n Since it is a walk, it is a 4-beat gait. n Also known as the singlefoot n Used by American Saddlebreds and Racking Horses n Very smooth for the rider n Can be fast
Canter/Lope n Canter (English Term) & Lope (Western Term) are the same gait n Canter/lope = 3-beat gait with a “lead” and a suspension phase n Speeds may vary depending on horse, but usually faster than trot n Left lead: –RH(1) - LHRF (2) - LF (3) suspension
Gallop n The gallop or “run” is the horse’s fastest gait n It is a 4-beat gait with a suspension phase and a lead n The “hand gallop” is used in showing n Left lead: –RH(1) LH(2) RF(3) LF (4) suspension
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