Gaited horse races?

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    12-29-2012, 04:28 AM
Gaited horse races?

I don't know why, but it blows my mind that Chance was a race horse. Absolutely does. Is it possible for gaited horses to race?

I heard about saddlebreds racing and they can be gaited (I think?) so I'm not entirely sure. But the hunt is on for information about this bugger!
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    12-29-2012, 07:45 AM
Standardbreds are either pacers or trotters. Pacing is a form of gait, ie horses that pace can often single foot and rack with some training. I know there are some speed racking competitions but they seem largely informal.
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    12-29-2012, 03:03 PM
Green Broke
If you mean gaited racing - yes - a few of us have been known to do that.

The fella in my avatar is only 14.3 and undefeated in quite a few neighborhood gaiting races - of which he was always the shortest Tennessee Walker in the crew. He performs the stepping pace and has an awesome awesome reach.

While his heart was still in winning position, I retired him at 15 because, looking back, the slowing down ended up being all about the metabolic issues he was developing It also would have tore his alpha self up to have lost a race and I wasn't about to see that happen

This is a TWH speed racker and one of my favorite videos to burn FAP time on when I want cheered up

    12-29-2012, 03:26 PM
Green Broke
Wow, I never seen anything like that!
    12-29-2012, 04:11 PM
That is cool!!

I actually never knew that there was stuff like that!
    12-29-2012, 06:51 PM
Green Broke
For the record, we did not do anything long distance. It was always "from the stop sign to the trail head" on the dirt road (I mean dirt not gravel-lol).

It was about 1/8th mile and our horses were in BTA physical condition because, back then, we all logged a lot of hours trail riding

I don't want anyone thinking we just pulled our horses out the pasture and rode heck-bent-for-election toward the next county. I don't remember any of our horses ever breaking much of a sweat, so it was a fair race, except for the fact that my Great Guy was way smaller than everyone else and still "walked away" from everyone

I was always a bareback rider and my worst fear was somebody's dog coming out of the woods unexpectedly -lollol

When I would sit straight up and loosen the reins, Duke would flick his left ear indicating he knew "the game was afoot". I would give him a nudge with my hands and off he'd go. It was just about as much fun watching him stage himself for the race as it was watching him win

Duke was 16 in the avatar, he turned 25 in October and we've been Best Buds since he was a coming three year old.
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    12-29-2012, 08:47 PM
Different breed, toelt race
    12-29-2012, 08:57 PM
Green Broke
Because I have to pay Good Ole those infamous "FAP" charges, I only watched the Tolte race once. I swear I saw the horse with Number 1 on the rider's leg break into a canter for a few feet; I hope he didn't win

Mercy, they were on the move
    12-29-2012, 08:59 PM
Green Broke
My gaited thinks she's a wild Arabian and has never lost a race! She's the fastest horse I've ever seen. She really short strided (and cross canters half the time!), so she looks like a head and a bunch of legs when galloping full speed.

We always raced on a long dirt road. It took forever to walk up there, but only four minutes to gallop back down. We started in a line from a stand still. Someone would count backwards from five and than BANG! Off they went! She always started in the back, but once she found her speed, she passed everyone and didn't slow down until we were at the end of the road. With speed and endurance like that, no one ever beat us. Best memories of my summer.
    12-29-2012, 09:41 PM
Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
Because I have to pay Good Ole those infamous "FAP" charges, I only watched the Tolte race once. I swear I saw the horse with Number 1 on the rider's leg break into a canter for a few feet; I hope he didn't win

Mercy, they were on the move
Im already over my GB allowance two lol.
Don't know what the rules are for breaking in a gallop, maybe the same as with standies, three strides?
I find them quite small as they are, taking off like "Smith's cat", as we call it

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