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post #11 of 19 Old 04-07-2011, 06:20 PM
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Single footing horses are great. I owned one when I was about three. He was all white. This is a single footing gait:

They are extremely smooth.
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post #12 of 19 Old 04-07-2011, 06:21 PM
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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.
Huh, so 5-gaited ASBs are single-footing... but they call it racking.



Is there a difference between single-footing and speed racking?
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post #13 of 19 Old 04-07-2011, 07:27 PM
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I shall add to the speed confusion. When I was a kid, I rode a good cowhorse who's origins were the YP ranch in Montana. When riding cattle all day no one wants a trot horse. A regular walk was just a little too slow so a single-footing horse became very desirable. Prince had a beautiful slow single-foot gait that gently rocked the rider side to side. He wasn't slow, about like a fast walk which worked well on a cattle drive. These horses learned not to waste an ounce of energy. I soon discovered that falling asleep was one of the pitfalls of riding one of these horses.
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This is what I learned to ride on, had a grade mustang mix who did it then a saddlebred. Imagine my suprise when I got my first butt jarring quarter horse.
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"Singlefoot" is an old time term for a horse that doesn't trot. In that sense it's like the old time use of the term "pace." For a lot of old-timers the two terms were synonomous.

Technically, it just means that the horse always has one foot in contact with the ground, meaning no moment of suspension. I would be reluctant to try and equate "singlefoot" as a description of movement to any of the recognized and defined gaits of other breeds.

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I am an oldtimer and grew up riding a "singlefooting Morgan". Morgans were held in high regard where I come from.

The term "singlefoot" does indeed mean that only one hoof is on the ground while the other three are off the ground.

Singlefooting was (and still is) associated with gaited Morgans - which have been around forever since General Stonewall Jackson rode one in the Civil War. Gaited Morgans

The above link does use the term "singlefoot".

Sorry to burst the bubble of the folks that think Morgans just trot. People have been trying for decades to breed the gait out of the Morgans and also the "Indian Shuffle" that certain Appaloosas perform. Thankfully they have not succeeded

Singlefooting is not considered racking, it is not considered "what the horse must be doing if it isn't performing a runningwalk or foxtrot, etc".

It is a legitimate gait that's been around forever.
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I am an oldtimer and grew up riding a "singlefooting Morgan". Morgans were held in high regard where I come from.

The term "singlefoot" does indeed mean that only one hoof is on the ground while the other three are off the ground.

Singlefooting was (and still is) associated with gaited Morgans - which have been around forever since General Stonewall Jackson rode one in the Civil War. Gaited Morgans

The above link does use the term "singlefoot".

Sorry to burst the bubble of the folks that think Morgans just trot. People have been trying for decades to breed the gait out of the Morgans and also the "Indian Shuffle" that certain Appaloosas perform. Thankfully they have not succeeded

Singlefooting is not considered racking, it is not considered "what the horse must be doing if it isn't performing a runningwalk or foxtrot, etc".

It is a legitimate gait that's been around forever.
I searched for a gaited Morgan before I ended up with the 2 gaited horses I have. People who own them do NOT let them go.
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post #18 of 19 Old 05-08-2011, 12:07 PM
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Hey there,
Single footing is a common run walk motion and yes it is seen more in the "olde time" Tennessee Walkers and when I say that I mean the taller boxier type with a big head. I have both types of Walkers and the smaller more rounded features have a more motor-like run walk feet moving fast whereas the olde time types have the side-to-side single footing that still creates the smooth motion but they have to be "in the gait" to get it, otherwise they pace or their walk is rocking chair like....
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Singlefooting is not considered racking, it is not considered "what the horse must be doing if it isn't performing a runningwalk or foxtrot, etc".

It is a legitimate gait that's been around forever.

So what is its pick up/foot fall sequence?
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