August 15, 2008 | | Comments 0

Racking Horse

Racking Horse

Recognizing the Uniqueness of the Racking Horse

The Racking Horse breed bears a unique name that originates from its unique gait. Like other American horses however, this breed has similar origins. Since horses were wiped out from the American continent in the ice age, it is correct to say that the Racking Horse, like other breeds, indirectly originated from Spanish and European breeds that were brought over to the continent.

Naturally, many different American horse breeds emerged through the centuries. The Racking horse in particular is linked to the Tennessee Walking Horse. Although there was no initial distinction between the two, the Racking Horse arguably had a smoother gait that recommended it to plantation owners of the south. The early ancestors of the modern Racking Horse were therefore already around since before the Civil War.

It was only in 1971 however that the Racking Horse was recognized as a distinct breed. Breeders had become organized and worked for the recognition of this breed. An association was eventually established. Naturally, it was the intention of the Racking Horse Breeders’ Association of America to promote the horse and maintain its breed purity. Their efforts have been largely successful, with thousands of horses now registered with the association.

Today, the horse breed has become so respected that it is the official horse of Alabama. Although the modern origins of the breed can correctly be pinned down to the state, it retains its old name. Its name is not only a reflection of its unique traits. It is also a symbol of the wide scope of the breed and registry, covering many other different regions other than Alabama.

The Racking Horse shares many similar traits with other fine horses. Although it is a light horse, it possesses powerful muscles, clean bones and a refined form. At 15.2 hands or more, it is indeed an elegant sight. Among its accepted colors are chestnut, gray, dun, black, roan, bay, buckskin and palomino.

What truly sets this breed apart though is its lateral four beat gait. The gait is natural to these horses. They are born with it. Unlike trotting, the distinctly single foot gait by this breed does not lead to an uncomfortable, bone jangling ride. The gait of these horses is so comfortable that they can be ridden over long distances in extended periods of time. In most cases, smooth is the best way to describe these horses.

Both experienced and new riders can enjoy the special gait of these horses. Today, many of these horses are bred and used by average Joes. You do not need to be a high profile citizen to be able to afford to keep a Racking Horse.

These horses excel in particular at pleasure riding and as show horses. They may however also perform well in trail riding and jumping.

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