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Horse Movement

Post by Mordecai
Posted on 2011-01-21 17:14:43
Horse Movement

All horses move naturally with four basic gaits: the four-beat walk, which averages 6.4 kilometres per hour (4.0 mph); the two-beat trot or jog at 13 to 19 kilometres per hour (8.1 to 12 mph) (faster for harness racing horses); the canter or lope, a three-beat gait that is 19 to 24 kilometres per hour (12 to 15 mph); and the gallop.<65> The gallop averages 40 to 48 kilometres per hour (25 to 30 mph),<66> but the world record for a horse galloping over a short, sprint distance is 88 kilometres per hour (55 mph).<67> Besides these basic gaits, some horses perform a two-beat pace, instead of the trot.<68> There also are several four-beat \"ambling\" gaits that are approximately the speed of a trot or pace, though smoother to ride. These include the lateral rack, running walk, and tölt as well as the diagonal fox trot.<69> Ambling gaits are often genetic in some breeds, known collectively as gaited horses.<70> Often, gaited horses replace the trot with one of the ambling gaits.


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