1. What does cadence mean when used to describe horses?

    Cadence is one of those often used, little understood, terms that is frequently used to describe a horse. So when someone says a horse has a good cadence, what exactly does that mean?

    Cadence is the rhythmic flow in which a horse's four hooves hit the ground. A trained eye can easily see a horse that is in cadence versus a horse that is out of cadence. Show judges, for example, watch for this during competitions and use it as a measure of a horse's performance depending on the event. ...