Vikingo del Los Angeles, a Paso
Fino stallion, left; Flair, a grade Icelandic
gelding, right. Flair is at position five of the
rack. Vikingo's canter is highly collected
with a tight, fast beat.
A stallion who is a good step father.
Pintura de Don Francisco, a Paso Fino mare,
left; Flaming V's Sunflower (Sunny), a Horse of
the Americas Spanish mustang filly, right. Both
Video of Vikingo herding Sunny and Red, her
adopted Thoroughbred colt.
Here they are all at a relaxed speed. Flair is
rackingwhile the rest are doing three-beat or
Flair has burst into a gallop and taken the lead.
Sunny is in postition two of the canter, while Vikingo
is, as usual for a Classic Fino at high speed, is doing
an odd sort of four beat gait.
Detail of Vikingo from the photo above.
This is not a perfect canter ( a three beat
gait), but rather a four beat canter,
common among gaited horses. His right
forefoot (the lead) is just leaving the ground,
going into suspension. In a perfect canter,
the left hind leg would be landing just now.
Detail of Vikingo, from photo above. He is
going into suspension off his right hind foot,
whereas to the left we see him going into
suspension off his right forefoot. Although
he is faster in this picture, I think he isn't
galloping (a four-beat gait) because his head
is so high.