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        01-25-2013, 08:00 PM
      #51
    Weanling
    Or watch Doug on Rocket:



    If you tried to ride Rocket in an equitation seat he'd roll you right off. This is the fastest accelerating horse I've ever sat on. He can go from a walk to top end in just a few strides. Definitely not for the novice. Put just, relax, sit back, and let him take you for a ride.

    These horses are doing their thing because the rider is not getting in their way.
         
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        01-25-2013, 08:14 PM
      #52
    Weanling
    The horse you see in my avatar is my Merlin. He accelerates as fast as Rocket, but is not as fast as Rocket. Merlin tops out in the low 20s. But Merlin blows Rocket away pin balling. In fact, have never found any horse that could keep up with Merlin speed racking in the turns(pin balling). And you better stay balanced there or you'll loose a knee in a heart beat.

    Pin balling is racking thru the curves with trees on the corners. Merlin loves it, and takes care of you, so long as you don't get in his way by riding in a equitation seat. Had a dressage rider try and ride him. She couldn't stay on him. Nearly fell off before she learned how to sit.
         
        01-25-2013, 11:35 PM
      #53
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    
    The horse you see in my avatar is my Merlin. He accelerates as fast as Rocket, but is not as fast as Rocket. Merlin tops out in the low 20s. But Merlin blows Rocket away pin balling. In fact, have never found any horse that could keep up with Merlin speed racking in the turns(pin balling). And you better stay balanced there or you'll loose a knee in a heart beat.

    Pin balling is racking thru the curves with trees on the corners. Merlin loves it, and takes care of you, so long as you don't get in his way by riding in a equitation seat. Had a dressage rider try and ride him. She couldn't stay on him. Nearly fell off before she learned how to sit.
    I have a TWH that would speed rack and when he was three years old he was clocked with a GPS going 28 miles an hour and the person with the GPS couldn't keep up with us so we know that he went faster than that. He is very smooth and the faster he goes the smoother he is. He is 16 hands and I have put him up against every horse in my area and he always beats them in the long stretch. What I love to do is let the other horse get ahead of us and then we come up alongside of them ride with them neck to neck for a few seconds then click to him and let him go. He always leaves them in the dust. My husband is always bragging on how fast he can go so I was always letting him do his thing until he was about five years old. I came across another horse that was as fast as him. We were riding on some trails and I guess we were what you call pin balling. He was going so fast that my eyes were starting to water. I have never been scared on him before but this time I was. I started to tell him to ease up and he is verbal command horse and he had always started to slow down in the past. This time he and the other horse were neck to neck and they were staring each other down. I could see a tree was lying down in the distance and I knew that we were going to have to jump it. Then right past it was a low limb. I thought this was it for me. I wanted to jump off but we were going too fast, so I grabbed his mane and tucked my head as close to his neck as I could get and started praying. We jumped the log and he missed the low limb and I was still on. I tried again to get him to stop but soon realized that I was going to have to get way in front of this horse like we usually do to get him to stop. I started to urge him even faster. Only problem with that the other horse got even faster. I started to yell at the other rider that I couldnít stop my horse when his horse broke gait and he started to slow him down. So, I was able to get ahead and then my horse started slowing down. Everyone congratulated me for winning the race. I smiled and thank them but inside I was scared to death and needless to say that was the last time I used him to race another horse. Also, weaving in and out of trees, and jumping ditches and logs, plus going up and down hills on some very narrow trails and that speed, you have to have a balance seat. I donít know what type of seat I had but thankfully I was still on at the end of the ride. My husband has bragged to everyone about that ride. I never told him how scared I was or how I couldnít get my horse to stop until the other guy stopped his. My husband tried to buy the other horse, (thank god that the owner wouldn't sell him) he was sure that if he was riding the horse he would have beat me. By the way, the horse I was riding against was a stallion and I bred my mare to him. The two year old that I am working with this winter is the filly out of him. I think that she is going to make a nice horse like her dad. She already has the desire to go and a smooth gait like his.


    I am sorry that this is so long but when you mention pin balling and balance seat it brought back the ride of my life that happen several years ago. I smile just thinking about it.
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        01-26-2013, 04:16 PM
      #54
    Weanling
    You'll never get a chance to race Merlin. He is a rescue horse. He was an outlaw when I got him 8 years ago. He loved to race, and race, and run away with the rider. He has not raced the first horse since I got him. Nor has he cantered the first stride since I got him. He can stay up with the speed demons, but I always keep him one nose back from the leader of the pack. I can slow him down anytime I want. But he is never allowed to win. Always one nose back.

    Except when we are pin balling, then he is usually out front and everyone is single file. No one has ever even come close to staying up with him pin balling. I'm sure one day there will be one. He doesn't seem to mind staying back even while were pin balling, but he likes it a lot better out front. He can accelerate around just about any of them. Don't do it very often. Seems to upset the slow pokes, when we go flying around them. Unless of course it is my wife's horse, he doesn't care where he is or where the other horses are.
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        01-30-2013, 11:34 PM
      #55
    Weanling
    The Paso fino horses are supposed to do the corto which is between a pace and a trot and quite smooth. I have ridden many of them in this nice gait. None of them had a gait that was trotty enough to post to it nor was it pacey.
         
        01-31-2013, 12:17 AM
      #56
    Weanling
    I think it is just the racking horse style of riding. Not based on what is good for the horse but tradition from the area the horses were developed. Bbsmfg3 talks about having to sit back because the horse accelerates so fast. If that is the way to ride, why don' t race horse riders do it that way. They deal with fast starts and they are not sitting back with their feet stuck out in front. They get up over their horses center of gravity and off the horses' back. That seem like getting out of the horses way more than sitting down hard in the saddle.

    So why is it called pin balling to gait fast through the trees?
         
        01-31-2013, 02:38 AM
      #57
    Weanling
    The corto, largo and rack are the same gait.

    Race horses are galloping, not racking.
         
        01-31-2013, 12:44 PM
      #58
    Yearling
    Bbsmfg - thanks for posting that video of Falcon Rowdy - that was amazing and so fast! One of the nice things about gaited horses - you can get somewhere in a hurry without feeling like you are rushing.
         
        01-31-2013, 10:14 PM
      #59
    Weanling
    Well, I couldnít make my mind up about the horse so I showed the blue roan to my husband. He decided he wanted the horse. He is sending one of our men to go and get him Saturday. He decided this horse would be his project for this year. I already have a two year old filly that I have been working with since she was born. She will be turning three in June. She is very special to me because I got her mother when she was 8 months old and broke her myself. I also picked the stallion to bred her mom too and have decided that this filly will be my training project for the next year or two. My husband picked the blue roan and he will be turning three in March. We will be competing against each other to see who will have the better horse. I am already getting excited about the friendly competition. This will be the first time we will be training horses together that are about the same age. I will start a new topic on our progress on another post later. He may have the prettier horse but I will have the better horse. Wish me luck on my new journey with my little filly.


    I will also get to see what my husband can do with this beautiful blue roan.
    By the way I have tricked my husband into getting him and I didn't have to pay for him out of my extra spending money.
    Also, my husband found out that he was just "cut" a few days before that video was taken. The owner forgot to tell me that important information. That might have made a difference on how he is moving in the video and standing in the pictures. I guess we will find out....
         

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