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post #61 of 66 Old 11-16-2013, 02:44 PM
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Racking is a natural gait for many horses..and speed racking is their natural way of going at high speeds..it is neither cruel not disgusting.
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post #62 of 66 Old 11-16-2013, 09:31 PM
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From a farrier's perspective:

I don't own, have never owned, and never plan to own a walking/racking horse. Just not my thing. But........

I do admire the horses, their style, and their temperament. I've worked on hundreds of them. Many of which I put the final set of shoes on, or did the last trim before the horse died of old age. I NEVER remember seeing a walker/racker with arthritic joints or "concussion-related" lameness. Even at 20-plus years old. I can't explain why, but that's just been my experience. In 16 years of farrier work, never saw it. And I'm right smack in the middle of gaited country.

I don't have a dog in this fight. Just think there's too many folks getting their education from YouTube
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post #63 of 66 Old 11-17-2013, 01:25 PM
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I can't even read past the third page.

Seriously. These gaits are natural. Yes, there are people who will force a gait or train it, but for the most part, this is something you will watch these horses do out in the pasture.

I ride a TWH mare who paces. I don't like it and we're working on it, but that is her gait of choice. And if I let her, she will speed pace all day long. She also racks but I can't get her to hold it at a quick speed. She stepping paces as she walks in the field, and she paces as she wants to pick up speed.
In contrast, she has a TWH pasture mate who is a dream in the way he moves. He doesn't pace, he racks and he does it in the pasture. He races cars along the fence line.

I don't agree with making horse move like this on pavement.


You sore a horse to get a big lick.
You breed a horse to get a pace and a rack. There's not any cruelty involved in it.

There are uneducated and outright stupid and cruel people owning every breed in the world.
But to call gaited horse owners and those of us who put speed to our horses on their natural gaits "sub-class"... I don't even.

If you hate this, then I hope you hate racing too, and cart races, and barrels and poles and everything else that requires speed.
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post #64 of 66 Old 12-11-2013, 08:32 PM
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periodically racking one of these horses on asphalt will not hurt them what so ever.

these are big motor horses and they love to go. theres no forcing them to rack like this at this speed. its natural to them. you have to hold them back or they will want to go wide open all the time.

it seems that they want to go even faster when they do get on asphalt. just have boreum on their shoes and they will be ok.
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post #65 of 66 Old 12-11-2013, 09:05 PM
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Good God that horse is in a hurry. Must be feeding time back at the barn.
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post #66 of 66 Old 12-30-2013, 12:08 PM
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Several breeds perform this gait under different names. Check out an Icelandic performing a flying pace. My Icelandic performs this freely when turned out in preference to a run. I was taught in college that this is less damaging than running because they single foot and their weight is balanced throughout the gait vs a run where the weight shifts throughout the gait. Makes sense when you think about it.
I can't imagine it's any more damaging to a horse than a thoroughbred or standard bred racing or a barrel racer or a Reiner or a jumper. These horses are athletes. They just compete in different events. Nothing disgusting about it.
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