Racking horse wants to canter

Racking horse wants to canter

Post by edwa.. » Tue, 31 Aug 1993 23:04:24


My wife and I have been playing around with horses for uh, lets see now,
one, two , three, uuuuhhh about a year now.  It's the first common hobby
we have found.  We purchased a beautiful spotted saddle horse this spring
(Tony's Merry Madonna) who is teaching us about gaited horses.  She is big,
strong, gentle and smart.  

She was taken care of by a friend this summer and when we got back we found
that she had been cantering her hard first thing out every time she rode.
Now she it is really hard to keep her from breaking into a canter when
we want her to rack.  I can keep her under control at a slow rack, and
she can do a really fantastic fast rack in a large open field.  The problem
is that she always breaks into a canter when we turn.  She cannot get out
of the canter without stopping almost completely.

I'm sure we can fix this, but I don't want to confuse her in the process.

So my questions are:
Could someone give me a glossary of gaits?  I think what my horse does is
called racking, and she very definitley has a slow rack, a fast rack, and
this bouncy walk I've heard called dog walking.  What to Tennessee Walkers
do? Is that a rack also?

How can I get her to not canter when she turns, and how can I get her to
break back from a canter to a rack? Is it possible?

Lastly,  sometimes when she racks slow, she leaves her back hooves on the
ground so long that it looks like she is limping.  She is not hurt, and
does not do this consistenly.  She looks like her back hoof is stuck on
the ground and she picks it up at the last second and takes a looong step with
it.  She does this more with one than the other, but she will do it with both.
Is this some show step we are unaware of?  She has been shown regularly by her
previous owners.  She seems completely healthy in the legs.

Thanks,

ed
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Racking horse wants to canter

Post by Jan Predmo » Sun, 05 Sep 1993 04:43:09


Quote:

> I'm sure we can fix this, but I don't want to confuse her in the process.

> So my questions are:
> Could someone give me a glossary of gaits?  I think what my horse does is
> called racking, and she very definitley has a slow rack, a fast rack, and
> this bouncy walk I've heard called dog walking.  What to Tennessee Walkers
> do? Is that a rack also?

No glossary of gaits, but I have worked with and raised Tennessee Walking
Horses for 20 years and the official gaits
they do are the flat walk, the run-walk and canter.  In reality these (or
at least mine) horses can do all kinds of combinations
and, although they have a natural propensity to do "single-foot" gaits when
not cantering, trotting and pacing are frequently used by tired or sore (or
just being hard-headed) TWH's.

Some of the other gaits I have heard/read about:
        stepping pace
        fox trot
        swinging trot
        rocking-horse canter
        and how about "dead" run...that one always invokes a funny image to my
twisted imagination

Byt-the-way,  slowing down from a canter on a Walker results in the horse
usually picking up a run-walk and settling into that with no problem (I'm
referring to the "flat-shod" or "plantation" walkers not the "built-up"
walkers).  But it seems to me that a rack would be a little bit harder to
develop from a canter.
See, a run-walk has 3 feet on the ground at all times with one foot moving
forward...while a rack is supposed to have only one foot on the ground and
three moving forward.  So it makes sense to me that your horse would have
to really get out of the canter, and begin a slow rack and then accelerate
into the racking gait where the wind whistles through your hair.

 
 
 

Racking horse wants to canter

Post by Truman Preva » Sun, 12 Sep 1993 04:18:08


Quote:



> No glossary of gaits, but I have worked with and raised Tennessee Walking
> Horses for 20 years and the official gaits
> they do are the flat walk, the run-walk and canter.  In reality these (or
> at least mine) horses can do all kinds of combinations
> and, although they have a natural propensity to do "single-foot" gaits when
> not cantering, trotting and pacing are frequently used by tired or sore (or
> just being hard-headed) TWH's.

> Some of the other gaits I have heard/read about:
>    stepping pace
>    fox trot
>    swinging trot
>    rocking-horse canter
>    and how about "dead" run...that one always invokes a funny image to my
> twisted imagination

As far as descriptions of gaits, there is a good video out called the "Gait
of a Tennessee Walking Horse".  It is available from the outfit in Colorado
that rents videos.  It goes in to detail on the gaits.  

As far the Walking horse trotting and pacing, I use a walker for endurance
and she is doing well.  I have had some interesting conversations with ride
vets about gaited horese in endurance.  Two of the conversations were with
vets from Tennessee who were very fimilar with walkers.  Both said that the
two beat gaits (trot or pace) were much more energy efficient than the
other intermediate gaits and those walkers that used these gaits tended to
do much better.  My walker has a very nice extended trot and a very fast
pace.  She has 500 miles, top ten in about half the rides and has never
(knock on wood) failed to finish.  

Truman