31 March 2013

A Question on the Trot

Here are two images of quite well known horses. I own the rights to neither photo and, for ease of comparison, have flipped image B so the horses are headed in the same direction. I've not posted the source URLs yet since I would like to ask a question of anyone who stumbles upon this site:

What specific type of trot is each horse performing? 

If you have time, I'd like to know how you decided. That is, what are the characteristics of whatever type of trot you assign to each horse. I will appreciate even the briefest of comments though, for example,  "both horses - jog trot," which I'm guessing anyone who hit this site will know is wildly incorrect.



This is a rarely visited blog, but when (if?) I collect at least ten answers, I'll post the source URLs with their description of the type of trot.  

By the way, I'm just curious. I do not show. I have no vested interests. I'm just CURIOUS.


  1. Well..It seems to me both horses are doing an extended trot, but the white horse has more of a flowy graceful line.

  2. Horrid examples of the extended trot. Hind end is lagging and front is too lifted and fligny.

  3. Horse A is schooled with abusive techniques to attain the goose step which is not a trot.....
    Horse B appears to being doing Spanish Trot.....recognized in old school dressage

  4. The first horse is doing his signiture "extended trot". The second is doing either spanish walk or spanish trot.

  5. Top horse...modern example of extended trot.
    Bottom horse...Spanish Trot, which is no longer accepted in competition.

    Black horse's head is cranked in and horse is looking down...symptoms of modern competition. Since the front leg is raised, then it must be an attempt at extended trot. Hind legs don't match front legs on terms of engagement, but OK, whatever.

    White horse looks surprisingly like black horse except that hind leg is showing much more bending through stifle and hock. With that much angulature of hind leg and foot coming under the belly, you'd expect the front end and back to be similarly collected. Back and neck are appropriate to the hind legs range of movement, but then the lift of the front leg says that this is an old gait where the cadence is disrupted to show control.

    White horse is also rocked back a bitt more to achieve freedom of front end.

  6. Neither is an extended trot, both are examples of spanish trot.

  7. Both look like they are not using their backs...but doing some version of the extended trot.

  8. black horse may not be behind vertcial due to picture angle...old saying front legs should not write a cheque that the back legs cant cash! His other rider used to tone this down to match, so it is extended. White horse is spanish trot which is not a competition move

  9. Both trotting,the blackhorse extended trot,behind the vertical,not so easy to see from the angle but doesnt seem using the hind legs as should.The grey. is doing extended trot l think but does seem to have the hind legs trailing behind which seems odd as the foreleg is so high,perhaps this a movement from alta esquela