The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct. 25, 2008
    Posts
    2,237

    Default Weird Spanish walk-trot... huh?

    My 8yo OTTB has been doing this lately and I'm wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences...

    Occasionally at the trot (usually once a week, sometimes more), Horse will drop his head and break out into this weird front-leg-lifting Totilas-like "spanish trot" (for lack of a better description). He only ever does this after he's well-warmed up and usually "up" after a good canter and/or some jumping. I rarely ride on much contact, so it's not like I'm pulling him into a frame; if I give him leg and drive him forward, he usually knocks it off and returns to a normal nice forward trot.

    To the untrained eye, it apparently looks "really cool!" and "wow, how did you train him to do that??" and "is he a dressage horse??" but it's definitely nothing I've trained for or am asking for... in reality, it feels like an evasive/disobedient thing-- poll way lower than his withers, not exactly working through/over his back, hindquarters aren't underneath him (I wish!). He's never tried to buck during this maneuver, and he's otherwise sound, but it's baffling to me as to why he's doing it, especially since it seems to require a lot more effort than just trotting around like a normal horse.

    Before anyone asks, no, I don't have video of it.

    Ideas?


    (ETA-- just noticed, it's my 1000th post! Cool!)
    *friend of bar.ka

    "Evidently, I am an unrepentant b*tch, possible trouble maker, and all around super villian"



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb. 28, 2006
    Location
    The rocky part of KY
    Posts
    9,507

    Default

    The pony does something similar but never under saddle, and my belief is he does it to show off. Under saddle it probably is a disobedience, or horsie daydreaming.
    Take a look at the Spanish Walk post by Watermark Farm for other experiences.
    Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
    Incredible Invisible



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec. 13, 2005
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    1,429

    Default

    He probably just feels good and is playing. They will often "get on the muscle" or do other moves out of exuberance. I had a gelding that did that as well. Bow his neck, and do Zenyetta type moves with his forelegs. All out of play.



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug. 28, 2007
    Location
    Triangle Area, NC
    Posts
    6,723

    Default

    The metal of his bit could make his face itch once he's warmed up and salivating.
    www.destinationconsensusequus.com
    chaque pas est fait ensemble



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun. 1, 2009
    Posts
    573

    Default

    My mare does this when she gets slobber on her legs. She tries to rub it of by bringing her knees really close to her muzzle. Its kinda fun, but def not allowed. She has finally outgrown it, but I used to have to have someone wipe off her legs all the time.
    Do not toy with the dragon, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!



Similar Threads

  1. Question about 'Spanish Walk'
    By Watermark Farm in forum Off Course
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: Oct. 22, 2011, 03:03 PM
  2. An Exceptional Spanish Walk
    By Mike Matson in forum Off Course
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: Sep. 3, 2010, 02:53 PM
  3. Spanish walk for non-spanish horse?
    By fatorangehorse in forum Dressage
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: Dec. 10, 2009, 12:00 PM
  4. Spanish Walk
    By appychik in forum Off Course
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: Jun. 18, 2009, 10:54 PM
  5. Teaching the Spanish Walk
    By Carol O in forum Dressage
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: Jul. 25, 2008, 07:07 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness