Originally Posted by trailwalker
Bbsmfg3 how is the rack the same as a corto or especially the fino ? They are not the same gait at all as I can tell and I own both a paso and a racking walker. Not being contrary just wondering how you came up with that comparison.
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The foot fall is the same. The amount of animation may be drastically different, ie, the fino vs the corto. To verify, look at the gaits in slow motion and do pauses. You'll see the foot fall is the same, ie, same gait. But, the amount of animation is drastically different. Just like the running walk of the Big Lick Horse is the same foot fall as that of the pleasure horse's running walk. And Big Lick racking horse has the same foot fall as the pleasure racking horse.
I don't know that it really makes a lot of difference, other than knowing what gait your horse should be doing. If you know what the foot fall should be, a video, or an experienced observer, can aid in fixing problems. Especially true, when they are off just a little, but enough to make it rough or not acceptable to judges, if your showing.
It really gets confusing when you have a horse with a very smooth ride, but it's foot fall doesn't match any of the common gaits. That's were the descriptions of slick pace, stepping pace, and a whole lot of other names, have been applied. If the horse does not have a common gaited foot fall, you can get a lot of differing opinions on what to call the gait. Unfortunately, this happens a lot. When the gait has been taught because the signature gait is unacceptable, the percentage of them being slightly off of the true gait is very high. Or when you have breed a horse to another one with differing signature gaits.