If you are interested in "speed racking" as I think you are? That is extremely hard on the horse, not just on their joints and muscles but on their minds too.
The whole purpose of a horse that will gait, is for a nice smooth ride, not to push the horse until it is exhausted. I've seen horses ruined by "speed racking" and can not understand why anyone would want to do it.
Not much difference between the way those horses are done, and the Big Lick horses. Just cruel, and unnecessary.
I’m curious, what kind of horse to you ride? How much experience do you have w/gaited horses? Have you ever rode a horse that can speed rack?
I agree that speed racking is hard on gaited horses, but if there conformation is right for it and if the horse is in shape there is nothing wrong with speed racking them with care. You do have to watch to make sure that you are able to control your horse and not all gaited horses should be ridden in this manner.
My horses truly enjoy It. I am not talking about any special shoes, gadgets to make them rack. I am not saying have them rack until they are exhausted or speed rack them every time you get on them. You have to have common sense….
I ride w/ a vet that specializes with gaited horses or performance horses. I am sure she would tell me if she thought I was harming my horses in anyway. She knows how much I care about my horses and their health.