Dog Trail
Dog Trail

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Z-shaped Gallop Pattern
Trail made by an animal moving at a transverse gallop.
Characterized by the following footfall sequence:  
1. right hind foot
2. foot left hind foot
3. right forefoot
4. left forefoot
5. a (collected) suspension phase  - all feet airborne and gathered under the body
The trail is in the shape of the letter Z.
Also known as a transverse gallop pattern.
Cf. rotatory gallop pattern