Originally Posted by tempest
The Rack is just how the horses move. Does trotting hurt a horse's back? Does cantering? It's just how the horse moves, if it was extremely painful or uncomfortable I doubt most of them would do it.
Trotting can be painful, if the horse was uncomfortable doing it. And I'm not talking about cantering. From what I understand, they don't canter. Just trot as fast as they can with their head very high and back very level. Seems like a lot of pounding of the legs on a tight neck and back. I don't dispute people have been doing it for years, or they fact they people enjoy it. I'm just asking why and if it has long term effects on the horse.
Basically, I want to feel better about seeing the horses at the barn do it! I'm trying to know more about the discipline without coming across as rude at the barn.