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post #1 of 10 Old 03-18-2014, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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trotters & pacers..... Singlefooters?

Ok, I love horse racing, any kind of horse racing, and as a result HRTV sometimes gets the best of me.....

The other day I was watching sulky racing, and while I understand most are pacers I was talking to a guy who was telling me that standard breds come in essentially 2 flavors, trotters and pacers. I have been looking at speed rackers and singlefooters for a couple years. My question is this.... would a single footer be considered a trotter or a pacer or does it fall somewhere in between?

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-18-2014, 02:38 PM
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Both Trotters and Pacers can be trained to rack (Singlefoot). My Standardbred was a pacer during his race days..he racks naturally under saddle.
I was talking to someone last weekend who has trained by Trotters and Pacers to singlefoot. His take was Trotters are smoother, Pacers and faster...

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Neither the Pace (a two-beat lateral gait) nor the Trot (a two-beat diagonal gait) are a Singlefoot gait. The Singlefoot gait is 4 beat lateral gait.

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post #4 of 10 Old 03-18-2014, 04:16 PM
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Actually, they come in 3 flavors, some are natural rackers.

You'll get an argument from some folks about which flavor(pace or trot) is the easiest to train to rack. Personal preference.

We've found very few of either have a really nice slow gait. Almost all can have a nice fast rack and/or pace.
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post #5 of 10 Old 03-18-2014, 04:39 PM
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"Single foot" just means that the horse always has at least one foot on the ground at all times. There is never a "moment of suspension" either laterally or diagonally.

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post #6 of 10 Old 03-20-2014, 10:25 PM
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I have raced Standards and I've reschooled them for pleasure and yup both "flavors" of Standardbreds can singlefoot/rack. I have found trotters to be smoother and pacers to be fastest but yeah it is really hard to get them to do the rack/singlefoot in a slow manner without spending a lot of work on the walk. I am currently taking an OTSTB trotter and getting him to rack naturally. He has maybe a few moments of brilliance at a slow gait but he is smooth at a faster gait. Thankfully he is 16.2 and his walk keeps up with Walkers easily.


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Nice picture!
And I have put the names together!
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Yup, I go both ways ride and drive :)

I love my Standards, they are my absolute favorite breed, I love the versatility, athleticism, and goof ball personalities.

My guy his name is Beaux (2002 Mr. Beau Windswept - Tagliabue x Beauty Windswept x Baltic Speed) he raced until he was 9 124 starts and was a nice 1:57 trotter.

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I have raced Standards and I've reschooled them for pleasure and yup both "flavors" of Standardbreds can singlefoot/rack. I have found trotters to be smoother and pacers to be fastest but yeah it is really hard to get them to do the rack/singlefoot in a slow manner without spending a lot of work on the walk. I am currently taking an OTSTB trotter and getting him to rack naturally. He has maybe a few moments of brilliance at a slow gait but he is smooth at a faster gait. Thankfully he is 16.2 and his walk keeps up with Walkers easily.


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Is that a Kimberly Synthetic Stock or Endurance Saddle? I had one of those. Great "second" saddle, rode it whenever it rained. Very comfortable.
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It's a Kimberly even though the tag on it says Downunder. I got it technically 3rd hand but used 3x before it was gifted to me. Funny story, first lady never used it for 1 year then rode in it twice before she sold the horse. She traded a cow barn call with my vet for the saddle. It was too large for her horse so we traded out for the saddle. I do love the saddle, but my next one will be the lite rider with the half flaps. My guy hates havin the saddle touch him so everything has to be covered. Gotta love divas.
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