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    02-05-2012, 10:07 AM
Green Broke
Sleipnir, the eight legged horse of the Norse god Odin. Count the legs on Blue as he reaches 30 mph in a speed rack.

Ok so he's a standardbred. I am and always will be a standardbred fan.

Don't think I'd have the nerve anymore to open one up like that. But it sure looks fun.
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    02-05-2012, 11:12 AM
Originally Posted by SueNH    
While I'm waiting for the ice to melt... How would you speed one up?
I have no idea! Even my Fox Trotter is a go-go-go machine. Except when she's going out, because she's bit barn sour. I know with her I have to keep squeezing and releasing constantly to get to to anything other than a dog walk away from home. I've actually been thinking of trying spurs, which is kind of funny, because parallel or towards home I can hardly keep her at a walk.

I would try squeezing and releasing when the horse moves a bit faster. But I'm a gaited newbie myself so I really don't know.

I love the Standardbred. I have actually never seen one in "real life." We don't have harness racing in Arizona and Standardbreds don't seem to be common. But Izzy my Fox Trotter was doing a slower version of that pace yesterday when I was riding her with friends and they were cantering. Normally she will canter too, but I think the footing wasn't to her liking and she was just pacing away to their canter.

Look at the video of Midnight Sun here:

Tennessee Walking Horse - Midnight Sun #410751, home page by Walkers West

I don't know why they don't show them like that anymore. Everyone has heard of Midnight Sun, including me, but I never saw a video of him until yesterday. What a fabulous, non-exaggerated Walker. I'm not a show person, but I really feel this is what they should be striving for. Gorgeous horse! You could ride that anywhere! Not exaggerated, not freaky, just smooth and gorgeous and very "natural" compared to what the show walkers have turned into today. The big lick walkers are a freak show.

I just assumed they had always been that way. Not true!
    02-05-2012, 12:03 PM
Great thread.

Here's a video of Papa's Royal Delight, a great TWH stallion who was trained without pads/chains/shoes - a wonderful mover. There are even better vids of him under saddle but this shows what can be done bareback and without a bit - for all those who say that you have to have the right bit to make them gait - not!
Also, I audited a clinic by Larry Whitesell, great clinician and world champion trainer of gaited horses. He said to get more speed, cue behind the girth just before the hind leg is ready to lift off the ground (as the front leg on that side is most forward). That causes them to really reach forward with the back leg and in my horses' cases has always caused some speed.

Also, for my mare (who is awesome, I didn't train this into her) I just cluck at the rhythm of speed I want and she speeds up or down until she's in rhythm. How cool is that? I don't know if that would work for other horses, e.g. Is it natural for gaited horses to match rhythm like that? Would like to hear from you if it works!
Good luck!
    02-05-2012, 01:43 PM
Green Broke
Oh goody! And a rider shaped more like me! And I just picked up more watching that woman than all the hunchback clips put together.

Walkers are a rare sighting up here. My husbands family was into racing standardbreds. My old mare was a racing dropout. Not fast enough but willing to go go go. I had to hold her back most of time. Only truly opened her up a few times because she was already in her late teens when I got her but we had 10+ lovely years and many miles together.

I know they don't need a particular bit. My old girl gaited just fine in a bosal covered in fleece. Still have the bridle all set up like she left it. Had it hanging on a hook near the door and would still take it down and oil it. It may go back in service.
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    02-05-2012, 03:18 PM
Originally Posted by SueNH    
While I'm waiting for the ice to melt... How would you speed one up?
Two ways, one is to keep squeezing them up until you reach the speed you desire and then make them stay there. Takes muscling them up and aerobic conditioning. Second way is ride with someone that likes to go fast, your horse will naturally work at keeping up and learn to go that speed.
    02-05-2012, 04:38 PM
Green Broke
She is completely dead sided. No response out of legs or seat. I'm probably worrying over nothing. She was such a mess when I got her she may react totally different.
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    02-05-2012, 09:06 PM
Sideline question... the video shows the TWH's with tails straight up?? Hows that work?
    02-05-2012, 10:25 PM
They used to actually break tails to get that look. Now they use a tail extension that is clipped or tied on to achieve the same look.
    02-05-2012, 10:29 PM
I assumed the tail was "set" the same way they do Saddlebreds. I think the tendon is cut, the tail is set up in a brace and then when it heals, it heals in the more upright position. At least that's what I've always heard. I haven't been around show horses with tail sets in person, but I remember reading about it in a thread about Saddlebreds here on this forum.

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