"""But I'm sure The Ninjawill havesomething smart to say about that, because they know everything about walkers.""""
Why, yes. WE (a single person) know everything about Walking Horses. Thanks for recognizing that. Lol. ;) Was that smart ennough for you?
No, I don't, but I do know an extensive array of people involved with the breed, from memebers of the board at TWHBEA to fellow trail riders. And I myself have been well educated on the breed and most of it's goings on. I never claimed to know everything, someone just felt obligated to KEEP ON nipping at my heels after I had attempted to appologize and change the subject.
The breeders I know, all say swingy colts are more for the performance world, as the pads and weight lends to make a loose horse walk. Of course, all breeders, or most, breed for naturally gaited foals and try hard not to get trotters or pacers. That's the goal. But IME, it has been proven that trotty colts gait easier and more naturally than pacey ones.
Rookie, I copied and pasted that, so that wasn't actually my opinion. But that was from an article in Voice Magazine, the TWHBEA mag. I honestly dunno anything about SB's, so can't say whether or not that's true about Onward.
Also, a SADDLE RACK, or single foot, and the TRUE RACK, is NOT like a RUNNING WALK. They are totally seperate gaits, with different foot fall sequences. So to breed for either, you have to do things differently. The running walk is a square gait, the rack is a lateral gait.
In the running walk, the hooves leave the ground and set down at even intervals, as they do in the walk and flat walk/dog walk. The sound is an even 1-2-3-4 beat. You can recite the phrase "let's go a-long" to the beats of the gait when riding on firm surfaces. The footfall sequence and timing are the same in this gait as they are in the ordinary walk and flat walk.
The SADDLE RACK/singlefoot (the same) can sometimmes get classified as a square gait, because, like the walk/running walk/ flat walk, it has an even footfall set-down timing and 1-2-3-4 beat.
It also, however, has a lateral hoof pick-up timing and a lateral footfall sequence, so is considered a lateral gait. This pick-up and set-down is possible because the horse takes slightly higher, and more time consuming, steps with his fronts in the saddle rack than in the truely square gaits. The saddle rack is usually a 3 foot, 2 foot support gait, but at moderate speed the support changes to a 3 foot, 2 foot, 1 foot support, because there is a moment in the stride when both fronts, but never both hinds, are clear of the ground at once. There is usually some slight overstride, but not like the run walk, and less- if any- headshake as well.
The true rack is a much faster version of the saddle rack. However it is slightly different in support and weight transfer. In the true rack there is mever a 3 foot, 2 foot support. Instead it's 1 foot, 2 foot that supports him alternately.
Tennessee Walking Horses
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