Abstract

An Analysis of Various Equine Gaits to Determine How a Discipline for Horses Can Be Selected

To determine the efficiency of equine training, an evaluation of the horse being used is necessary. The domestic horse comes in almost 400 different breeds, with each being purposefully and selectively bred for a purpose. With a diverse set of purposes that the horse fulfills, each breed has a distinctive gait, or way of movement. When put under saddle, these gaits have a specific feeling for the rider with some horses being bigger or smaller movers. Although each individual horse has a movement of their own, the breed perpetuates the movement expected of high-quality horses. By comparing different movements of horses' gaits using a formula created to determine the impact, or bounce, factor of each horse through each gait, breeders, riders, and trainers working with the horse can select the discipline best suited for each horse.

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