08-09-2013, 09:22 AM
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I have to agree with the others. My mare could hold a moderate rack for a long, long time. Longer than my much larger QH could canter along side her for. Slow it down and I could ride for hours like that. She actually preferred it to a running walk. I had to hold her into a running walk. A rack she would just "rack on!"
How long is long? No clue. Just a pleasure ride through the rolling hills of northern NH. Sometimes it could be all day. Sometimes just a quick ride before the school bus brought my kid.
She did those gaits at liberty in the pasture too. One of my best memories of the old girl was her attempting to snooze in the sun. I had two young ones at the time, 2 yr olds. They were bored and pestering the old girl to move around, just like people kids teasing their parents into going for an adventure. Old Chris snapped at them a couple times but they kept it up. Suddenly she leaped into movement and took off across the pasture in full speed ahead rack. The fillies bounced and ran and were left behind quickly. Old Chris returned to her sunny spot and you could just see her saying, "young ones, you have much to learn." They didn't bother her the rest of the afternoon.
I still miss that old mare.