Racking?

Racking?

Post by Casey, D. » Fri, 08 Oct 1993 17:58:06


Please excuse my ignorance of terminology but what is racking? I have never
heard the term before but I am also new to horses. We have owned Sir Shannigan
the Standard Bred Giant for only a year.

Donna

 
 
 

Racking?

Post by Michael J. Doherty J » Sun, 10 Oct 1993 07:16:57

: Please excuse my ignorance of terminology but what is racking? I have never
: heard the term before but I am also new to horses. We have owned Sir Shannigan
: the Standard Bred Giant for only a year.

: Donna

 
 
 

Racking?

Post by Michael J. Doherty J » Sun, 10 Oct 1993 07:25:41

: Please excuse my ignorance of terminology but what is racking? I have never
: heard the term before but I am also new to horses. We have owned Sir Shannigan
: the Standard Bred Giant for only a year.

: Donna
The Rack is one of the five gaits in the Saddlebred show ring.  It is a
type of a broken pace--a four-beat lateral gait (as opposed to a
diagonal/trotting gait).  It's a fast gait and very flashy--comfortable for
the rider, but not too comfortible for the horse--most can't do it for any
length of time.

Regards,

Mick Doherty

 
 
 

Racking?

Post by (Shocker's Senorita » Sat, 16 Oct 1993 01:03:38

Please also remember there is an actual registry of/for Racking Horses.
Mostly comprised of Walking Horses, some Fox Trotters and a few Rocky
Mountain Horses. Actually the rack, being a lateral gait, is very close to
the running walk. They are both a 4 beat gait, the rack does not have as
much of an overeach as the running walk (back end). A natural racker, will
rack barefoot, and when ridden regularly - the rack is very comfortable to
the rider with less stress to the horse then if he was trotting. Of course
while trail riding you may have to circle around (if not w/other gaited
horses) as they do move out in a rack!


Quote:


> : Please excuse my ignorance of terminology but what is racking? I have never
> : heard the term before but I am also new to horses. We have owned Sir Shannigan
> : the Standard Bred Giant for only a year.

> : Donna
> The Rack is one of the five gaits in the Saddlebred show ring.  It is a
> type of a broken pace--a four-beat lateral gait (as opposed to a
> diagonal/trotting gait).  It's a fast gait and very flashy--comfortable for
> the rider, but not too comfortible for the horse--most can't do it for any
> length of time.

> Regards,

> Mick Doherty

 
 
 

Racking?

Post by Virginia DeGior » Sat, 16 Oct 1993 03:36:53


writes:

Quote:

> Please also remember there is an actual registry of/for Racking Horses.
> Mostly comprised of Walking Horses, some Fox Trotters and a few Rocky
> Mountain Horses. Actually the rack, being a lateral gait, is very close to
> the running walk. They are both a 4 beat gait, the rack does not have as
> much of an overeach as the running walk (back end). A natural racker, will
> rack barefoot, and when ridden regularly - the rack is very comfortable to
> the rider with less stress to the horse then if he was trotting. Of course
> while trail riding you may have to circle around (if not w/other gaited
> horses) as they do move out in a rack!



> > : Please excuse my ignorance of terminology but what is racking? I have  
never
> > : heard the term before but I am also new to horses. We have owned Sir  
Shannigan
> > : the Standard Bred Giant for only a year.

> > : Donna
> > The Rack is one of the five gaits in the Saddlebred show ring.  It is a
> > type of a broken pace--a four-beat lateral gait (as opposed to a
> > diagonal/trotting gait).  It's a fast gait and very flashy--comfortable for
> > the rider, but not too comfortible for the horse--most can't do it for any
> > length of time.

> > Regards,

> > Mick Doherty

to add confusion to an already confusing subject - both answers are right!
just be aware of the context (i.e. breed) you are talking about -

***ia

who grew up in lousiville watching the saddlebreds 'rack on' at the state
fair horse show and who now owns a tennessee walker.

 
 
 

Racking?

Post by Linda B. Meri » Sun, 17 Oct 1993 06:44:06

I am getting confused about the use of the term "rack."  The only
solution I can think of is that one/some organized section of the
horse world is using the term "rack" to mean any broken lateral gait,
including a Paso Fino's gait, a TWH's running walk, a Missourri
Foxtrotter's fox trot, as well as the American Saddlebred's
true rack.  They have classes for "racking horses" in which
the participants can perform any of these broken lateral gaits.

Am I right?  Or are these "racking horse classes" really put on
just for horses doing a true rack?

I think it's time for some net video.  Somebody just recently posted
an excellent taxonomy of these lateral gaits.  (Alas, they disappeared
before I could save them.)  But nothing would clear up this confusion
like a good set of slow motion reference sequences.

Linda B. Merims
Waltham, MA