Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
I thought your ''I've seen saddlebred foals rack in the pasture'' was a respond to the "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." I wrote in my previous post.
Not to offend you, but the thread is about teaching horses with no rack in their blood to rack, so if saddlebred foals rack or not isn't interesting (in this thread at least, I'd be happy to hear more about gaited saddlebreds and how to get the rack in horses with some ability to rack too, just not in this very thread :) ) Or maybe it is afterall, it just confused me since I thought you were misunderstanding something I had said.. If you had talked about arabians racking as foals it would be more in the lines with the thread, as they're used as an example of ''non-racking'' racking horses. Or do you think it's the same with them? That some of them do it naturally even tho I've never heard f it?
I appreciate all your thoughts and posts, even if you don't seem to have the answer to my question either.. :/ Anyway, it's interesting to read, but as I thought you were responding to what I wrote earlier, I felt like ''wth is all the saddlebred talk, I was talking about non-gaited horses!'' ;)
Since noone else seem to know how they managed to teach those arabians to rack, I guess it's ok to just keep talking about racking horses and teaching half racking horses to rack etc :P
But I don't really see the ''true'' and not true rack thingy here.. don't you just have a word for all gaits like rack? :/ I'm so getting to like the word tölt better.. I mean.. Crow is racking, kinda.. some of it is definetly a four beat gait, it's very much like walk but with a different beat/rythm in it, definetly not walk when you sit there.. and three legs on the ground at least almost all of the time. Little faster than walk but not much.
When we speed up, it gets different.. it can be a smooth steppng pace. But it can also be a more or less pacy rack, but still not with only one hoof on the ground (at least as far as I've noticed) but two. Definetly not real pace, nor piggy pace, but.. a pacey 4 beat, lateral gait. I refuse to think it's bad for him (I can feel how well he lifts his back and carry in it) and I refuse to say it's just a bad, unpure/disturbed gait because he has a too good balance, steady beat and as I said he carries and quite often collects naturally in it.
But frankly, I have no clue what to call it since it's not ''pure'' enough to be rack.. and I don't know anything else that works either...
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