Originally Posted by iridehorses
I'm afraid that you took me too literally. My point being that I believe you can teach a horse to learn different disciplines or "tricks", whether it is dressage, reining, or racking. If it isn't natural, then it is a "trick".
Then all riding is a ''trick'' ;) But the thing is, that while dressage or reining is something pretty mucch every horse can do, and (almost) all of it is done ''in the wild'' even if not under the same circumstanses as under a rider. (piaff when the horse is excited or nervous, rollback when it needs to get awway from danger etc) But racking is a gait most horses today can't, or arn't supposed to be able to, do. You see icelandics pacing and racking in the pasture, but you don't see a swedish warmblood doing it, and as far as I know, you don't see arabians doing it.
What's normally called tricks are often more natural than riding, btw. Rearing, bowing (they do it everytime they lay down ;) laying down, siting (when they get up again) pawing (checking ''strange'' grounds), 'yoga'' (itchy) etc :P I say 'tricks' are way more natural than carrying a rider over obstacles, making leg yieldings or shoulder ins..