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Horse Tutorial: Part 2


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I felt like doing a second part of the horse tutorial, just cause. And someone wanted tips on movement. I'm no expert, but I reccommend anyone get "How to Draw Animals" by Jack Hamm, cause he goes through ten frames of each movement of each regular gait of the horse. I've internalized them thanks to him.

I also included stuff on gaited horses, because I can never resist letting people know that I own a Peruvian. I used pictures of Chano being worked for reference, because really, a 4-beat gait like his is impossible to get by watching him. Plus, I've tried to tell folks about gaited horses and they're like "What? Your horse is gay?"

I saw gaited riders at the Equine Expo in Texas in 2003, and the riders carried glasses of champage to determine who was the smoothest. A lady who had bragged up and down about her Tennesee Walker spilled her glass in like the first two minutes and ran around bumping into everyone else to make them spill their cup. But the guy on the Peruvian Paso stallion dodged her for the whole race and din't spill a drop. Heh.
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Trotting doesn't suck if you don't post???
my little dude has the smoothest trot I've ever ridden, I don't need to post.  It either depends on the breed itself or the horse, I'm not sure, the three Arabains I've ridden were all very smooth, the two Walking horse geldings I've ridden were extremely clunky and akin to a giraffe, A LOT of movement in the neck, though this is just my experience, I could go on, but I don't want my comment to be 1000+ words, lol.  The worst experience trotting horses I've ever had was a Welsh C cross, an Appaloosa, and those two before mentioned walking horses, clunky, horrible, all of them made my legs hurt, I just switched to a whole nother gait to avoid their unholy excuse for a trot.  
Though, I admit, it's far more fun to tölt and run (I'm never sure if he is cantering or galloping) than to trot with T.
I can't help but giggle at the lady who had her cup spilled on her Walker, they're not bad, but I heavily prefer any other gaited breed to them, like I said before, very clunky, unless you're near cantering them, it's a very awkward experience for both you and the horse.  
Paso Fino's (seem to energetic lil shits who can't sit still) and Icelandics (best gaited horse I've ever ridden, extremely smooth, calm, some do have fears, but the ones I've been around weren't bred in the US so they were extremely relaxed) seem to have the best gaits IMO.  I would love to ride a Peruvian paso though, I'm afraid Tjaldur is going to be the most "exotic" horse I've seen, I only ever saw two Pasos down where I live, I'm not sure how I'll find a Peruvian Paso.