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    02-16-2013, 09:24 PM
Racking Horses

[ATTACH][/ATTACH]went riding today. Second time on racking horses.


the photos posted here origingally were posted by the OP without the horse owner's permission, and have since been removed. Please always be sure you have the "OK" to post photos of other people's horses before you do so.

Coming 3 yr old gelding. Broke but still needs work. Wants to break gait. A direct son outa PRETTY BOY FLOYD. Im told he turns solid grey in summer. In pic you can see the grey. It shows when he lathers up good. Too much horse for my limited abilities.

A very nice 8 yr old gelding. 1/2 walker horse 1/2 standard bred. Dead broke. Very good ride. 25 mph horse. Even though I only went half throttle on him. Im very interested in this horse.

Very nice stud horse.

A rowdy mare. Dead broke. This picture is from a week ago. Different farm.

Yup, im sold on these racking horses. I now have a reg. TN walking horse for sale.
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    02-16-2013, 09:41 PM
I only rode the first two pictured a couple miles today. Too cold for me, even though I was bundled up. The first one will be a good horse in another yr. Second one is golden.. the mare in last pic, it was warmer that day. She was in rough shape. Had not been ridden but once all last yr....but she was easy going and tame. I had just de burred her tail and mane. It was matted in good.
    02-17-2013, 09:26 PM
MY OTSTB trotter is a natural racker and while he is a lot harder to train to saddle than most OTSTBs (he is by a stallion known for throwing very stubborn horses) that rack just cannot be beat!

I like the 2nd horse or if you want a sweet project, that mare is just adorable, she has a very kind eye. I don't think you could go wrong with either horse.
    02-18-2013, 12:29 PM
Where are you finding these horses? I'd love to have a dead broke racking horse, just too rare in California.
    02-18-2013, 05:43 PM
Racking horses in CA

Not sure where in Cali you are, but the Standardbred track Cal Expo and northern Cal have a great many Standardbreds. If you got the time to train a OTSTB (which is tons easier than an OTTB) than contact the local CA owners/breeders/trainers assoc and let them know you are looking for a STB that is in need of a home. Chances are you will have a new horse in a few days.

Nice thing about OTSTBs there is no let down time, or months off to let them relax. I've thrown a saddle on all of my horses after they settle in and never had a problem. I've even took some of our racing stock out on trail rides when I was racing. Standardbreds are awesome :)
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    02-18-2013, 06:24 PM
Idrivetrotters, I have a OTSTB trotter who single foots from time to time. How do I encourage him to do this? I agree OTSTB are the best!
    02-18-2013, 07:34 PM
These arent all standard breds. They are crosses, with alot of standard bred in them. Its my understanding that generally a pure standardbred isnt as smooth a ride as a singlefoot horse. Since the standard gait is based off a pace. The first pictured horse, the 2 yr old is a rougher ride than the others, I was told its based off a pace and not a trot. Seems backward to me. But I asked to make sure I understood them correctly. But then im told some standards are based off a trot, and these are the more desireable ones for the smoother gait. Harder to find but they out there.
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    02-18-2013, 07:40 PM
Originally Posted by Malda    
Where are you finding these horses? I'd love to have a dead broke racking horse, just too rare in California.

VA is singlefootin country. Theres alot of them deeper south too. Round the louisiana area. Mississsippi and texas I believe.
    02-18-2013, 08:24 PM
I'm partial to the Pretty Boy Floyd horses, if they are outcrossed well.

BUT, they can be very hot.
    02-18-2013, 09:00 PM
Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    
I'm partial to the Pretty Boy Floyd horses, if they are outcrossed well.

BUT, they can be very hot.
bob can you explain that term?

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