> >I own a 9 year old Standardbred Gelding. Most of the time, I use him as
> >racking horse. He is currently a fine and fast racker. He carries
> >very nice and I have not had any gait problems with him, but I wish he
> >would exaggerate the lifting of his front legs just a little more.
> >A friend of mine, who owns over 15 Standardbreds, suggested that I tell
> >farrier to "give him a little toe." He said that this could be
> >accomplished by decreasing the 45 degree angle of the foot to around 39
> >My Questions:
> >1. Would decreasing the angle help him exaggerate his movements and
> >him a better racker?
> >2. Would this cause the horse to be uncomfortable?
> >I currently shoe him with #1 Toe Weights on the front and #2 Half
> >Round-Half Wedge's on the rear.
> >Please post your response to the newsgroup because the e-mail address on
> >this server is not my own. Thank you in advance for your help and
> I thought racking was a breed of horse. I have a standardbred and she
> has a strange trot.. her lope is normal tho i think, my mom mostly
> rides her. Can horses be taught to rack?
Yes, Standardbreds can be taught to rack. Of course, there is a racking
horse breed. Some are born with a natural rack. In my area, SC, almost
all Standardbreds are used for racking or pacing. My horse has a very,
very, very smooth rack. He can rack upwards of about 20 mph and up to 14
mph without a shoe on his foot. My brother also has two Standardbreds, one
of which has been clocked racking upwards of about 30 mph. Yes, 30 MPH!!!
I have about 10 neighbors that own Standardbreds for a grand total of about
60 Standardbreds within 5 miles of my home. ALL of them are used for
racking or pulling buggies (pacing). All of Standardbreds, that I know of,
that rack are not encouraged to lope for fear of making the horse confused
and starting gait problems.