| New Jersey, Racking Horse 4 year
old. Ridden in low port curb with 8 in shank with western saddle
in round pen and 50 x 100 arena by rider who has been riding 15 years but
is new to gaited breeds.
Question: I recently purchased a 4 year old racking horse, I ride him
in the same bit that we tried him in at time of purchase, I am not used
to a leverage bit and would rather ride in a snaffle, he does not rack
consistently in either bit, but he is better with the curb. When
asked for a gait other than a regular walk he usually starts at a trot
and does not always go into the rack and sometimes pick up a very
slow 4 beat canter, the previous owner seemed to put him more on the bridle
to get him to rack but I am afraid that he is losing his brakes with this
technique. I would like to know how to get him to pick up the rack and
if it is ok for him to trot and canter, I was told that would ruin his
rack, if there is a specific cue I could teach, which one works the best.
your advise is greatly appreciated.
From Panelists Laura
To get a good rack from this horse, it sounds like you will need to
If the horse knows the whoa command and will stop when asked, letting