Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Dawsonville, GA
The real question is the timing. As most of the shots are at an angle and I can't get the vid to play only one frame at a time, it's very difficult to see. BUT, it's not a true rack as far as I can tell. It is either a fast running walk, or a rather low pick-up saddle rack.
The difference isn't head bob or not as that can vary a good deal from one horse to another and tends to fall off with the higher speeds. The difference between the two gaits technically is timing and which feet are touching at what times. IF he's doing a very fast running walk, ONE of his front feet will always be in contact with the ground no matter how fast he's moving. If he's doing the saddle rack, there would be an extremely brief moment when both front feet are off of the ground, or at least both not flat and supporting weight. -Usually- there is also more lift in the front legs than this horse is showing.
That said, the horse in this video doesn't look consistant. At times he's doing an almost 'canterish' rolling hop in the front end, and at other times he's doing a smoother and more consistantly timed step. Do you guys/gals also see that?
I don't claim to be a gaited horse expert. But if you look up the differences between the gaits as described by 'experts', this is the information given between these two as I understand it.
This horse is of course working hollow and I would watch for back tension and soreness if he is prodominately worked gaiting. Some more collected gaits occationally worked inbetween gaiting, or at least tummy lifting exercises to engage and lift the back, can help if you find this to be the case.
I found the latter coupled with deep massage of the tight loin on my gelding to be helpful. It'll take more time to train my youngling for any collection (out of laterial gaits) though simply working on going down hill trails and backing up exercises also help him to engage his back end and bring it under him to loosen and slowly stretch/lift the back. Which in turn should allow him to use the lateral gaits better and longer without back pain. Too much collection work though might make him start favouring the trot, so everything in moderation and adjusted to the individual horse's needs of the moment.
I'm only musing and still trying to learn more myself.
Paige Easley Patty