WALK. One of the paces of a horse. It is the slowest and least raised of all, and performed by the horse's lifting up his two legs on a side, the one after the other, beginning with the hinder leg. Thus, if he leads with the legs of the right side, then the first foot he lifts is the far hind foot; and in the time be is setting it down (which in a step is always short of the tread of his fore foot on the same side) he lifts his far fore foot, and sets it down before his near fore foot. Again, just as he is setting down his far fore foot, he lifts up his near hind foot, and sets it down again, just short of his near fore foot, and just as he is setting it down, he lifts his near fore foot, and sets it down beyond his far fore foot. This is the true motion of a horse's legs upon a walk.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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