Horse people know how their horses move so shouldn’t dog people know how their dogs move?
Any knowledgeable equestrian can immediately tell what gait their horse is performing, whether it’s the walk, trot, canter, gallop, or even a special gait, like the pace or the rack. And thanks to a photographer in the 1800s, horse people can even diagram the footfalls of each particular gait.
But how your dog moves compared to a horse can get a little confusing. Dogs switch from one gait to another very quickly, and most people don’t expect them to do much more than either walk or run.
But thanks to a graphic by artist Stephen Cunnane, the confusion in the way dogs move has been made clear. Although there is little reason to study your dogs’ gaits the way equestrians study their horses’ gaits, it’s good to know that dogs actually move in ways that are quite similar to horses.
Watch the video to learn how their feet and legs move during each gait:
A dog’s movement is just as fascinating as a horse’s. So the next time you see your dog shuffling along like a pacing horse, take a moment to appreciate the biomechanics of the gait, just as you would a horse’s.
Which of these gaits have you seen your dog do? Tell us below.
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