One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]North American
(of a horse) walk by moving both legs on each side in alternation, each foot falling separately.
- ‘Most of the time he trots; sometimes he single-foots; occasionally one half of him trots and the other half single-foots.’
- ‘You could have a pacer that single-foots, that doesn't have a nice one-two gait.’
- ‘Your horse single-foots at a certain speed and it's that speed only that he is comfortable.’
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