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Colombian Paso Finos have a unique gait most other Paso Finos don’t: the trocha. And recent study results suggest that gait isn’t genetically similar to lateral gaits in other ambling breeds like Icelandics, Tennessee Walking Horses, and pacers.
Horse gait analysis is getting more advanced: A recently developed and tested comprehensive motion sensor system can simultaneously record and analyze data remotely from eight parts of a moving horse body, researchers say.
Rising on the “correct” diagonal on a circle or curve helps counterbalance the horse’s movement asymmetry created by the curve itself. And if the horse is lame, the wrong diagonal could enhance that lameness and the right diagonal could mask it.
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