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The Trocha y Galope is a Colombian saddle breed, that is named after its ability to perform the trocha and galope gaits.

The origins of the Trocha y Galope are similar to the origins of Trote y Glope and Trochador horses, and indeed these three breeds are closely related to each other. While the Trocha y Galope is considered to be a lineage of the Colombian Paso Fino, the two are treated as completely different breeds, both in terms of breeding and competitions.

Trocha y Galope horses named after their trocha and galope gaits, both of which they perform naturally. The galope is a 3-beat, during which the legs move in a sequence that is identical to that of a regular canter. However, the galope is more collected than a regular canter, as the legs cover less distance in each step. This reduces the movement that the rider experiences, and consequently makes this gait more comfortable than a regular canter. Nevertheless, the Trote y Galope can make up for the short steps by moving their legs rapidly, thus generating the speed of a regular canter.

The trocha is a 4-beat gait where the sequence in which the legs move is identical to a walk, but the timing of the movement of each leg creates two broken diagonals. First, the hind-right leg moves, followed by the front-right leg. When the hind-right hoof hits the ground, but before the front-right hoof hits the ground, the horse raises and moves their hind-left leg, and therefore creates the first diagonal. When the front-right hoof hits the ground, but before the hind-left hoof hits the ground, the horse raises their front-left leg. When the hind-left hoof hits the ground, but before the front-left hoof hits the ground, the horse raises their hind-right leg, and therefore creates the second diagonal. When the front-left hoof hits the ground, the horse raises their front-right leg.

While the sequence in which the legs move is identical among the Trochador and the Troch y Galope breeds, there is one significant difference between the two. The Trocha y Galope tends to raise its legs higher than the Trochador, and therefore its trocha gait is considered to be less harmonious than the trocha gait of the Trochador (see the 'Trochador' for more information.)

The reason for the higher leg action among Trocha y Galope horses is their conformation. Not only that Trocha y Galopes are taller than Trochador horses, they also have longer legs and backs, as well as different shoulder and hip angles. Furthermore, many Trocha y Galopes are larger and heavier than the smaller and more compact Trochador horses. All of these factors affect the movement of Trocha y Galope horses, who need to move in a different manner than Trochadors to support themselves.

In Horse Isle, all Trocha y Galope horses must be able to either amble or canter, meaning that they must be AmAm or coco. Because Amco horses are unable to amble nor to canter, these horses are heavily penalized. Therefore, it is high unrecommended to cross an AmAm horse with a coco horse.

Trocha y Galope horses come in the colors of bay, black, brown, chestnut, and grey. They stand between 14.1hh and 15hh.


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