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    09-19-2011, 01:03 AM
In the first video I cringed at them racking the horse on the pavement!
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    09-19-2011, 02:59 AM
What a dork..riding on that pavement at thiat speed! So, I have seen it with singlw footed horses around where I board too, and they are super fast, and it sure looks fancy, but I also agree on how harsh it must be on the horse. In my area, we have packed sand, sodt sand, and deep sand...and the occasion pebbles or crumbling rocks...this gait it not compatible with most of these surfaces when we go one rides and it looks like the rider is also in peril, and the rider here ihas excellent equitation at al times. Racking horses are also becoming more popular, but not sure why. What ever happened to just gaited , smooht horses?
    09-19-2011, 03:04 AM
Asking our farrier here, who works on 6 diffrent gaited horses..he says it is his biggest challenge when he comes out to shoe. Balancing each foot/tapering and shaping,adjusting due to thier strides and step wear, plus the length is always an issue on the back feet. The Foxtrotter is dif. From the TWH, to the single footed to the darn sadlebred...oi! I also know the speed gait is trained, but the rack is not always encouraged to train, but not always an easy pace to maintain. We here in El paso are not fond of this exibition (so we call it) and say you should stick to the natural gait...raking is for show. Watch the trotting races, and see how smooth those babies are, and fast!!...and see, no "rack"
    09-19-2011, 03:41 AM
You are mistaken. A speed rack is just that. A rack that has been sped up over time. Some horses are naturally more coordinated and therefore are able to rack at faster speeds. All gaits (even the trot) produce a certain amount of concussion the the hooves and legs. Going fast at a trot is going to produce the SAME amount of concussion on the legs/hooves as going fast at the rack. Different foot falls, same speed.

As far as riding on the road goes, I don't agree with it. Lots of people do it though...not just 'dorks' on gaited horses.

While you feel that the speed rack isn't suited for your type of land, what gait is then? You do realize that you don't put a foot in the stirrup of a speed racker and then just press a button and BAM! Speed rack! They have other gaits, including a walk.

All gaited horses have become more popular in the last 20 years. They are hearty, well balanced, usually sane, surefooted horses. They make for a comfortable trail ride. They are popular with all types of riders.

Not all gaited horses rack. There are walkers and fox trotters and Icelandics and rackers and the list goes on. I love Smooth Gaited horses and would own one now if I hadn't had my heart stolen by *gasp* a thoroughbred.

As far as the training part goes, racking is usually discouraged in TWH. A TWH running walk is much smoother than a rack...but the rack is still a comfortable gait. In list of preference on a gaited horse (for myself and the general population of gaited horse enthusiasts) I would choose a nice walk over a rack and a rack over a pace. I would rather trot than pace.

Hope this clears some things up.
    09-19-2011, 03:55 AM
Green Broke
I will have to read this one a few times to figure out what you are all talking about. It walks, it trots, it canters, and it gallops. To me they are the natural movements of the horse. But I will keep an open mind and read some more.
    09-19-2011, 10:19 AM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
In the first video I cringed at them racking the horse on the pavement!
Tiny, I think they do that so they can drive alongside to see how fast the horse can go.
    09-19-2011, 08:28 PM
Originally Posted by Stan    
I will have to read this one a few times to figure out what you are all talking about. It walks, it trots, it canters, and it gallops. To me they are the natural movements of the horse. But I will keep an open mind and read some more.
Define "natural." You'll never see a foal doing piaffe in the pasture, but you will see a gaited foal doing its gait. (Note that piaffe is not just trotting in place).
    09-19-2011, 09:19 PM
Yes, even some piaffe can be hard on a horse.

What amazes me is that horses continue to do what stupid people ask them to do.

    09-19-2011, 09:55 PM
You can see in the video that that horse is not too happy about doing what he's being asked to do. I can hear the whip on him.
Usually horses doing Piaffe aren't asked to do it that long without breaking.
Takes a lot of strength.
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    09-19-2011, 11:36 PM
You are on target! Beautiful guy who looked unhappy...what is tied at the muzzle?? My viewing was not that sharp. Sad to see him have to go thru the entire, senseless musical score...grrrrrrr. What was the point again? I think we are digressing from racking...and stupid people thing.

"If I can't do it with my horse, then it's not worth doing!"

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