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post #1 of 19 Old 04-06-2011, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Old-Timers Single-Footing Gait

I remember my Father, who passed away in 1970 often commented on seeing a horse with rider doing a "single-footing gait". Anyone ever heard of this gaiting foot fall sequence? Could have just been an old time term for a gaited horse. It was after all a LONG time ago. My Father was born in 1910.
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I'd guess it would have been a term for a gaited horse, maybe a running walk? I don't know much about gaited horses but that's my guess :)

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Singlefooting and Racking are very very similar. My 'old timer' gaited friends would say that a singlefoot gait is taught and a rack is natural.
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Single-footing is the same as racking : )

The North American Single-Footing Horse is a legitimate breed with a breed registration, unlike the National Racking Horse Association which registers any American Saddlebred or Tennessee Walking Horse.
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Singlefooting and Racking are very very similar.
That's what I thought too - The differences are so minor that some people consider it the same gait.
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That's what I thought too - The differences are so minor that some people consider it the same gait.
What is the minor difference, exactly?
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Basically around here, we call a speed-rack a singlefoot. It's darn hard to count footfalls when they're going 30mph!
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Vivache nailed it. A slow rack or saddle rack is just a rack. A speed rack is a singlefoot. Thanks for jarring that nugget that was stuck in my brain loose! *laugh*
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Thank You all so very much for your info. I had been curious about the singlefooting for a long time. Glad I asked about it here.
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In Easy-Gaited Horses it's listed the other way - Singlefoot as slower and rack as faster. Which, yeah, doesn't make sense with the name. But the basic difference between the two is 3-foot/2-foot support at the slower gait and 2-foot/1-foot support at the faster gait.
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