The canter, also known as the lope in western riding, is a three beat gait beginning when the first hind hoof strikes the ground. The second beat is made as both the second hind hoof and its diagonally opposite fore hoof strike the ground together. The last beat is the remaining fore hoof striking the ground. The three beats are separated by a momentary suspension when all four hoofs are lifted off of the ground.
a three-beat gair of the horse where legs on opposite sides and leading strike the ground at the same time. Faster than the trot and slower than the gallop. Chestnut: a horse of any "brown or red" color with the same color or darker mane and tail (but not black). Dark ones are called Liver Chestnuts or Seal chestnuts, while light ones can be Golden Chestnuts, Red Chestnuts, sorrels, and more.
The canter consists of a series of bounds. In the correct canter three hoof beats should be heard. It is known as the right or left canter according to which foreleg is leading. In the right canter the left hind leg is placed on the ground (first hoof beat), then the right hind leg and left foreleg together at the same time (second hoof beat), followed by the right foreleg (third hoof beat). The left hind leg should leave the ground before the right foreleg is put down, then comes the left diagonal; finally the right foreleg, followed by its suspension. In correct canter the entire weight is carried in the following sequence: one hind leg, two hind legs and one foreleg, one hind leg and the diagonal foreleg, one hind leg and two forelegs, one foreleg, all four legs in the air (the moment of suspension). This sequence of steps must be maintained at all tempos. The canter is incorrect if four hoof beats can be heard, which happens when the hind leg is put down before the corresponding diagonal foreleg.
Medium (speed) gallop. The word canter refers to a particular speed (pace) in the gait of gallop. The speed in canter differs slightly in relevance to a particular equine industry or discipline. See gallop for more. (Most public dictionaries have incorrect definition for this word. Example: A smooth gait, especially of a horse, that is slower than a gallop but faster than a trot.)
The canter, is a controlled, three-beat gait performed by a horse. It is a natural gait possessed by all horses, faster than most horse's trot but slower than the gallop, and is used by all riders. The speed of the canter varies between 10-17 mph, depending on the length of the stride of the horse.