Sunday, October 30, 2011
Oh to ride the the sobreandando!
Do you want to ride smoothly?
Do you want to ride fast AND smoothly?
The Purvian Paso has two gaits.
*The paso llano is a broken gait. It consist of a permanent, harmonic, and rhythmic tapping in which the animal makes a gentle and pleasant alternating movement. It is a quick advance in which the center of the horse's gravity stays almost immobile, producing a smooth ride.*
*The second gait, the sobreandando, is faster. Instead of four equal beats, the lateral beats are closer together in a 1-2, 3-4 rhythm, with the pause between the forefoot of one side to the rear of the other side is longer.*
From the site: Peruvian Horses at Fox Creek Homestead
Combine these gaits with a mule who is intelligent and you have something quite special.
This sounds stupid, and to those who don't really 'get' an equine it will make absolutely NO sense.
I looked into Siera's eyes before we rode.
I saw something there, like a window into my own soul.
...and it was free.
While we rode, Siera sought re-assurance from me when we got 'into a scary' place. Where the creek ran hard over the rocks and the footing was soft.
I asked her to step over a downfall which was hidden in the grass.
She stood quietly.
My hand brushed her neck, my fingers played across her withers.
She was content.
We moved on and explored many of the trails that Badger and I have done over the years.
I had to recall, that these were new to Siera.
We had a great ride.
Her eyes and body language told me this was so.