Posted by Gwen on May 16, 2005 at 18:00:41:
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In Reply to: Re: Centaur suit posted by IdahoBob on May 15, 2005 at 09:47:46:
Actually, horses can do both gaits. At higher speeds a horse usually falls into a trot, which is the left hind foot/right fore foot motion. Some horses, by either birth or training can do a "pace" gait, where both legs on the same side move together. It is one of the most comfortable ways to ride a horse.
I have already made a prototype out of pvc pipe which is holding up very well, (thanks for the suggestion!) and I have already figured out what I cannot do. A true horse walking gait is too hard to reconstruct. I cannot shift enough of the weight of the damn thing while walking so it is very unsteady. So, I am going to reconfigure the mechanism. I am going to try out a trotting gait, as that is more recognizable as horse-like than a pace. Hopefully, it will be more balanced and easier to "steer" and I won't end up in the middle of the street with all four hooves in the air!
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