Friday, February 27, 2009

Got Gait? Slo-mo Video Reveals the Peruvian Paso's Termino Gait

Their legs look like eggbeaters and move so fast you can't tell how they do it. But thanks to a little YouTube clip, you can see the famous signature termino gait of the Peruvian Paso breed slowed down. Note that the horse's action is now just below the knee and is not the same as what we would call "winging out" or "paddling" in an ungaited horses. Enjoy--and don't stand too close when one goes by!

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Anonymous said...

Fran, Looking at this clip and watching the jockeys feet and legs, IS THIS A TRAINED GAIL or a natural one?? How do these ANIMALS MOVE IN THE PADDOCK OR IN AN AT REST SITUATION.
It's all totally new to me!! never seen one before. PNB.

Anonymous said...

It's great to see a gaited horse make your HoofBlog! I think all the gaited breeds could use a little more recognition!

Anonymous said...

Would also like to see a video of the same horse not ridden to see if it is more exagerated with the rider. I work on some of these, and have ridden some....very smooth. I still think they move that way because traditionally they have a very large rider on them and they want to get their feet back on the ground with as little time elapsed as possible.
The elboe does show some "opening" as the leg is brought forward, so it does seem to involve more than just below the knee. At least when the hoof hits the ground, it is balanced/level :)I believe they also cannot be shown shod at the National Level.

Anonymous said...

I too think we should see/look out for more of the gaited horses (saddle breds, morgans, tenn W, Rocky Mnt, etc). THey each have their own beautiful uniqueness and problems associated with man's use of it. Maybe by paying a bit closer attention (like we have with the thoroughbreds lately) we can shed some light into the darker corners in "other" barns. These horses deserve their time in the spotlight too :)

IceRyder said...

Thanks for putting this video up, Fran. If you need any more video of gaited horse movement, let me know.

Anonymous said...

Hello anonymous!

Peruvian Paso foals start gaiting within hours after being born. So there is not too much training involved. It's genetic. It's what they do.

I know that many horrible things are being done to animals for the sake of shows or price money. But this is not one of them.

Unknown said...

I have worked on a Peruvian farm yeasts ago. That Termino or paddling is all natural