This is the question all we ask, when we note this thin line is crossed permanently by the most of our Paso Fino horses in the Ring Show, as well as in training and in pleasure riding with only as simple as loose very little the reins.

This fact lead us to deduct that there is not a big difference between these two gaits.

Although there is information about Trocha, this does not take into consideration the movement as is. The most of it only says that Trocha is a diagonal movement, asynchcrnous and with an eight beat repeated pattern.

As happened with my Paso Fino concerns and the lack of satisfactory answers, along with some Trocha breeders and fans petitions, once they knew my work about Paso Fino, I decided to investigate Trocha, under the same patterns followed in the former gait.

Take into consideration that this is only my point of view. Please feel free to e-mail if you disagree, attaching reasons, of course. All this is done in order to get the truth about this subject.


To lay the foundations of my study, I start with the watching and analyzing of the gait on famous Trocha horses and the experience gotten with the former Paso Fino study:
  1. We can continue accepting eight beats which compund a complete cycle (Marked 1 thru 8 for demonstration purposes)
  2. These eight movements are reduced to four, performed alternatively, once on the right side ( 1, 2, 3, and 4) and then on the left one ( 5, 6, 7 and 8).
  3. In terms of the supports, or hoofs on those the horse is sustained, there are two kinds:
    double (or on only two hoofs) and
    triple (or on three hoofs).
  4. During the eight movements, there are four triple supports (1, 2, 5 and 6), alternated with four double supports (3, 4, 7 and 8).
  5. During the four triple supports, there are two of them executed by one foreleg and two hindlegs(1 and 5), alternated with two by one hindleg and two forelegs (2 and 6).
  6. The four double supports are allways executed by diagonals: one foreleg and one opposite side hindleg (3, 4, 7 and 8).
  7. Trocha does not have lateral supports ( One foreleg and one hindleg of the same side).


Al igual que en el Paso Fino, hay algunos puntos de coincidencia en la mayoría de los observadores, que me permito relacionar a continuación:

  1. Se reconoce la existencia de ocho batidas o tiempos.
  2. Para cada casco, se reconocen cinco tiempos con apoyo en tierra, ( o de impulso ) y tres aéreos ( o de recuperación ).
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  3. Considerando el desplazamiento del caballo, cada casco avanza por el aire en tres de estos ocho tiempos, en el sentido del movimiento del ejemplar. En cambio, en la fase terrestre, una vez apoyado el casco, éste se queda sembrado en el piso sin corregir su apoyo y es el cuerpo el que se desplaza, dando la impresión de que el casco se mueve en sentido contrario; esto sucede en cinco de los ocho movimientos.

Los ocho movimientos en los cuales están de acuerdo los autores consultados se reducen a cuatro repetidos alternativamente por el lado derecho y el izquierdo y son, con su orden de ejecución sus apoyos en el piso y la posición relativa que deben guardar los cascos entre sí :

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