Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
"as the rack is showey but inefficient for covering ground"
Whoa, what gave you this notion? The pleasure rack of a natural racker, consumes less energy than any gait, except the flat walk. The only racks that consumes very high energy is the Fino and the Largo, and with some horses the Corto, and of course the, built up, show racking horses.
This is one of the major reasons why we ride racking horses. We'll slow rack(8 to 12 mph) for miles without stopping. Never could do that with the TWH, or the Foxtroters, and never do it with troting horses.
The foxtrot and running walk varies dramatically from horse to horse. Some horses perform them with relative ease, and for others it is a huge energy consumer. It all depends on whether they are conformed to do the gait they are being ask to perform. All too many folks, will force a gait, whether they are conformed for this gait or not. Just because a TWH is supposed to do a running walk, doesn't mean it is conformed for the gait, ditto, foxtrot, and all other gaits of gaited horses.
If your horse is performing "His gears are walk, run walk, foxtrot, rack , canter" some of them are forced and/or trained, whether intentional or not. It is impossible for a horse to be conformed to naturally perform all of these gaits. Just like I've seen arabs do the spanish fiesta. They sure are not conformed for this gait. It had to be trained.
A word of caution. I'd sure find out what gaits your horse is conformed to perform, and use only those. Otherwise, the extended use of gaits outside their naturally conformed gaits, can lead to major health issues.
Last edited by bbsmfg3; 06-03-2013 at 09:31 AM.