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Hitting their straps

Posted by Colhaze on May 06, 2008 at 15:42

This is an answer not a question, 'hitting your straps' comes from horses in harness, they wear straps to keep them in the correct gait.

Four legged animals have four gaits - they can have diagonal leg sync, front and back sync or side to side sync. hence walk, canter, trot and gallop. When a horse is running at full speed without breaking its stride, it hits its straps as it stretches out in the rhythm of the trot.