Speed Racking

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    08-07-2013, 11:22 AM
Cool Speed Racking

I love the way speed racking horses look, but worry that they are trained using inhumane methods like the Big Lick walkers. Can you guys tell me more about racking horses and speed racking?

I mean look at this guy I'm in love

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    08-07-2013, 12:01 PM
This horse has been shown. They wont allow or even deal with people that do soaring on horses. Most of the horses today are bred for gaits. They looks for a horse that has a easy time with it. Once they know how to do it, most of the time it comes easy for them. Like this guy.
    08-07-2013, 01:53 PM
As in any equine discipline there will be a range of training practices involved.

    08-07-2013, 03:20 PM
Rackers are my favorite also.

Unfortunately, we have the "big lick" rackers also. Weighted shoes the whole deal, similar to the Big Lick TWH.

AND, just like in the TWH world the rackers have the pleasure horses and the big lick.

I avoid the big lick in either breed. Your video did not play, but I've seen the Undertaker perform in person. He's a pleasure horse, not a big licker. A very nice horse.

Now Reverand Homer he is different. You need to judge him for yourself. There's a long story behind this horse. I've been very impressed and very unimpressed with his offspring. When he is breed to good, naturally, gaited mares, his offspring have been reasonable to exceptional. But when bred to average, pacey, mares, not very good.

My wife rides a pleasure speed racker that has been thru the radar at 36 mph in a true rack. Now that is addicting. She won't ride him that fast, but not at all uncommon for her to be in the upper 20's on some trails.

IMHO, the rack is a better trail gait than the running walk.
    08-07-2013, 03:29 PM
I normally would rather ride a horse then watch it be ridden, but there's just something about watching a horse rack. Those front legs remind me of the pistons on a train, and seeing those long manes and tails floating in the wind they make as they fly down a dirt road in nothing but boots or horseshoes... just wow. I bet riding one is as close as you could come to flying without having wings.
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    08-07-2013, 03:46 PM
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My standardbred racked and racked barefoot. I didn't often open her up because she was already 19 when I got her but she got her groove on with no harsh bits or funky things on her feet.
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    08-07-2013, 04:08 PM
Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    

IMHO, the rack is a better trail gait than the running walk.

I agree. There is really, nothing like it in the world. Gets your heart racing and makes you happy to be alive. Add that in with good friends and lovely scenery and it makes for a heck of a wonderful day.
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    08-07-2013, 04:51 PM
I think you have to define "better."

If you want to ride several hours then racking is not the way to go. It's an energy intensive gait that puts great demands on the back as a racking horse must go hollow or it won't go at all.

The running walk, done correctly, is a very low intensity gait (maybe even lower than a trot). The back is level to slightly basculed, meaning the rear is fully engaged and taking some of the strain of the ride. It's not as fast, not is it meant to be. The flat walk is an endurance gait (that can be done for serveral hours). The running walk is a distance gait but not a speed gait.

So, define "better"!!!

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    08-07-2013, 05:40 PM
I've ridden with walkers and my racking STB is still going when they are all worn out.
    08-07-2013, 05:45 PM
"If you want to ride several hours then racking is not the way to go. It's an energy intensive gait that puts great demands on the back as a racking horse must go hollow or it won't go at all."

Must be something wrong with my horses, and most of the racking horses we ride with. They prefer a slow rack all day long, as compared to walking. The slow rack is the easiest gait on the horse of any I've ever ridden. Racking horses, do NOT always hollow their back while racking. Some do, but most do not. Our horses will tire quicker at a walk than at the rack. And if you don't let them play, ie, go as fast as they like, they seem to get bored a lot quicker, and pay less attention to what they are doing. On most trail rides, we only walk thru rough terrain, then we slow rack or let'm play. And most of our rides are 6 to 8 hours. If I walked my boy for very long, he'd really wonder what he had done wrong.

True racking horses like to rack, all of those other gaits seem to bore them.

The hollowing of the back is usually the result of poor riding skills by the rider.
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