| The walk is the most important gait of
the horse, because this gait stresses/exhausts the horse the least, hence
he endures in it longer. The heavy coldblooded horses are able to endure
work only in walk (hence not suitable for anything else but heavy draft).
The walk is the horse’s slowest gait and is the least tiring; by
increasing the speed/tempo the tiring is fast.
(In the numeric description of the legs sequences in all gaits, the hind legs are displayed as the initiation of the movement since they are the source (motor) of the horse's traveling/moving forward motion).
The numeric sequence in regular walk
The numeric sequence in irregular walk (pace)
In the walk, the hindquarters are
shifting/pushing regularly the body forward by interchanging activity of the hind
legs, the front legs then interchangeably catching/supporting the body and
in the heavy draft with lowering and straightening helping in the pull.
During the walk, the body mostly
rests on two diagonal legs, but in a slow walk there is a moment where the
body will rest on three legs.
The horse is setting down all four
legs in sequel and separated time intervals; hence we can hear four
hoof-beats. The legs follow in this sequence: right hind – right front,
left hind – left front etc. hence the movement is lateral with four
separated shift/steps of the legs (four hoof beats).
The desirable walk is: clean
(regular following of the legs), impulsion-full (light, easy, lively
stepping out), roomy (long steps) and sure (not stumbling).
The so-called Spanish Walk (pas
espagnol) is circus way trained (whipped) and exaggerated lifting of
the front legs almost to a horizontal level. The action of the hind end is
barely noticeable and is not in harmony with the action of the front legs.
This has nothing in common with the classical (Spanish High School) or the
campagne riding and training.
Ludvik K Stanek a.k.a Lee
the 1953 Special Zoo-Technique - Breeding of Horses
Published in 1953 by the Czechoslovakian Academy of Agricultural Science and certified by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Written by: MVDr Ludvik Ambroz, Frabtisek Bilek, MVDr Karel Blazek, Ing. Jaromir Dusek, Ing. Karel Hartman, Hanus Keil, pro. MVDr Emanuel Kral, Karel Kloubek, Ing. Dr. Frantisek Lerche, Ing. Dr Vaclav Michal, Ing. Dr Zdenek Munki, Ing. Vladimir Mueller, MVDr Julius Penicka, pro. MVDr Emil Pribyl, MVDr Lev Richter, prof. Ing. Dr Josef Rechta, MVDr Karel Sejkora and Ing. Dr Jindrich Steinitz.