Originally Posted by bbsmfg3
"My concern is will it hold up. A lot of gaits are fine for flat land or arenas but do they hold up for miles of actual trail type terrain"
Holding up and traveling rough terrain, is a very strong point with our racking horses. I'd rather ride our racking horses in the rough terrain than a mule. They are very sure footed and pay more attention to the trails.
I have to agree with my racking horse too.
I have a TWH/racking horse that I have ridden in very rough and dangerous terrian. When it was appropriate on the trails, he could rack just as smooth and when the trails got steep, rough and rocky he would have the smoothest running walk and it felt like he was glidding up an down hills. He never stumbled not even a little bit. He neck reins like a quarter horse and we could weave in and out of trees and tight spots with ease. He jumps over logs that are my waist high like they are nothing. I have ridden him 20 to 35 miles in a day. He would be as fresh acting as he was when we started as when he ended. My friends that are younger were moaning and groaning how tired and sore they were. I just grin and say you need to get a smooth horse.
Yes, I think most racking horses can rack and take any trail a quarter horse or any other horse can do without any trouble and you will enjoy the ride even more because how smooth the ride is and how relax you will be on the ride.
Now, I like to glide over the trails at a fast pace. I feel like I get to see a whole lot more country and in a short time. My horse enjoys it as much as I do. He is nickering and greeting me at the gate ready the next day for another ride.
I also like it because I am burning a lot more calories and I get to eat more when I get back to camp....LOL