27 October 2011
Question......what exactly is a pace?
Lets talk about the pace. As we discussed before, when a horse paces, he is moving his legs in a lateral sequence. For the simplicity of this article, we will not get into Muscular/Tendon/Ligament System or his or hers confirmation. This is just about the gait referred to as pacing. Try watching his way of going from straight behind him, or in front of him in a straight line. Have him go fast and slow.... if his 2 left feet hit the ground at the same time, and then as they push off, you see no feet on the ground, and then his 2 right feet hit the ground, this is a true pace. Now watch him from the side and develop your eye just to watch his feet, if his inside feet leave the ground and push off, then no feet on the ground as they transfer in mid stride, then his 2 outside feet hit the ground, this is a pace. Yes there are variations of this movement.