Horse Gallop

Horses September 23, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

Although the gallop or run appears to only be a faster canter, it is in fact a different gait containing four beats. Like the canter, the gallop also has a right and left lead. The footfall pattern of the gallop on the left lead is the right hind, left hind, right front, left front. Likewise, the right lead footfall would be left hind, right hind, left front, right front.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.