Sunday, June 22, 2008

What Gait / Melkolka, Icelandic Horse

What gait is this Icelandic Horse doing?

A still image from the video:


Friday, June 20, 2008

Lee Ziegler Stepping Pace Description

From Easy-Gaited Horses by Lee Ziegler, in regard to the gait of stepping pace:

"It is a broken lateral gait in which the hooves on one side of the horse lift from the ground close in time and set down close in time, but not at exactly the same moment, as they do in the true pace. The hind hoof sets down noticeably before the front on the same side."

The following image is part of her Gait Description Chart (click on the image to see a larger version).

The image below, from Lee's book, shows drawings of the three-foot support, and the separate lift-off of the laterals.

Link to Lee Ziegler's book: Easy-Gaited Horses

Thursday, June 19, 2008

What Gait / Peruvian Paso Demo

What gait is this Peruvian Paso doing?

What Gait / Peruvian Paso Pairs

What gait(s) are these Peruvian Pasos doing?

What Gait / Black Peruvian Paso Stallion

What gait is this black Peruvian Paso stallion doing?

What Gait / Champion Peruvian Paso

What gait is this champion Peruvian Paso doing?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Middle Aged Woman

A performance, bareback and bridleless, Peruvian Paso Horse:

Peruvian Paso Gait Video

Here is a video showing the movement of the Peruvian Paso:

Stepping Pace and Sobreandando

Verne Albright's book, The Peruvian Paso and His Classic Equitation:

We are attempting to tease out the difference, if there is one, between stepping pace and sobreandando.

To begin, here is the gait chart that shows the intermediate gaits from trot (left) to pace (right).

Here is a chart by Verne Albright showing gaits from trot (bottom) to pace (top).

In the first chart, you can see that stepping pace falls in the pace category, with rack sitting between the square gait of running walk and the lateral gait of pace.

In the other chart, sobreandando is the gait sitting between paso llano (square gait, running walk) and huachano (lateral gait of pace).

(Note: There does not seem to be an allowance for the rack in the Albright chart.)

Here is de Ascasubi's chart of the sobreandando, from Lee Ziegler's webpage:

Here is Albright's chart of the sobreandando:

The chart that Lee used is the same as Albright's chart... except that Albright's chart has a mistake in it... the last footfall to the right is placed incorrectly.

While these one-dimensional diagrams of the timing of grounded feet are helpful, they are limiting as they are unable to show us the set down and pick up, which also defines a gait and makes it different from another gait.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What Gait / Pumpkin Pony

What gait is this pony doing?

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Here's a picture from Lili in regard to the canter discussion, which is taking place here: Yahoo GaitedHorse Group, Discussion about Canter

Friday, June 13, 2008

What Gait / Pinto TWH

What gait is this black and white Tennessee Walker doing?

Tennessee Walker Gaits

This video shows different gaits done by Tennessee Walking Horses.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

What Gait / Jersey

What gait is this grade gaited horse mare, Jersey, doing?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Horse Gait Descriptions

This video describes and shows walk, trot, pace, and canter:

Monday, June 9, 2008

Gaiting In Hand

This is a naturally gaited Morgan, gaiting in hand:

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Breed Natural Gaits

Breed Naturally Gaited Horses; not horses that need boots to gait!

Training Gait with Clicker Training

This is a video by Leslie Pavlich, working with her Quarter Horse on his easy gait (i.e. running walk of gaited horses). She helps to bring out the gait with clicker training:

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Natural and Artificial Gaits of the Icelandic Horse

Some gaits are created by force, manipulation, or mechanical aids:

Monday, June 2, 2008


Why does it have to hurt to gait?