Journey is my first Appaloosa (yes a cross, but I'll get to that). I am so intrigued by how she moves, and wondering if anyone knows the mechanics of it. Is it an Appaloosa thing? Or just a Journey thing? All most all of my riding experience has been on long legged Arabians having a huge forward impulsion, and star reaching upward loft to their trot. A fun and exciting ride to be sure, but also an exhausting ride as the miles wear on. Phebes "big" trot was well over 13 mph, with the break to canter at about 15 mph.
Journey's trot just feels so funny to me (in an I'm gonna get the giggles way, not the lame way). Pitty-patty pitty patty pitty patty as fast as your brain can think it. Her hoof fall and leg extension are minimal, just clearing the ground, not over-reaching in any way, and seems to be a very efficient way of moving all things considered. it is also very "easy" to ride. As the rise on the trot is so small, but you are doing it faster than you would on the air time of an arabian.
I said all that to ask, is that little wind-up trotting gait an Appaloosa trait?
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- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
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- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
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- Principles of Conditioning
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- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
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