The Study of Healthy Movement of the Horse | The Delicate Intricacies of The Walk

The walk is the most complicated of all the gaits having both a diagonal and a lateral component. It is what we often refer to as a gait of healing.  Because of the intricacies of the walk, it can be the one that is most difficult to have a full and complete understanding of.  But it is the one that is perhaps most important to understand so that we can fully utilize it as a gait of health.

"In the walk, all four legs move separately. Beginning with the hind leg, the sequence is; near-hind, near-fore, off-hind, off-fore. In the walk the horse has never less than two legs in support at the same time; there never occurs any moment of suspension."

It sounds so simple and yet it is anything but...  the complications are endless, the design truly astounding.   

So let us begin by discovering the complications that exist.