"Proud to be a part of the Racking Horse Breeders
Association of America - Decatur Alabama"
Officers For 2011
President, Sue Dunn
Vice President, John C. Dash
|Speed Racking Horse Association
The Description Of The Breed
The Speed Racking Horse is a horse breed which has been around for many years, but is
just becoming popular among equestrians. The speed racking horse is an all around perfect
horse in the hands of a skilled racking horse trainer. Good breeding combined with responsible
training produces a versatile horse with speed and the smoothness of the racking or single-foot
horse. A well bred speed racking horse should have a good level mind and be willing to walk,
slow gait and fast gait when asked.
The Speed Rack is an even 4 beat gait where the foot falls are left hind, left fore, right
hind, right fore which softens the lateral movement. A good speed racking horse is able to gait at
25 to 28 MPH and smooth enough for the rider to maintain a easy seat in the saddle.
The Speed Racking Horse in many cases can be a cross between a home grown non-registered
horse and a Racking or Walking horse. This is a difficult mix to breed because the breeder must
be careful not to get a colt with too much pace or the horse will cross over to a pace rather than
maintain the smooth four beat rack that causes a smooth movement at all speeds. While size can
vary, a sturdy build with refined confirmation is desirable. A well bred Speed Racking Horse is
distinct breed and unusually docile with a very large back end, a naturally high stepping
front end, exceptional stamina and the innate ability to metabolize oxygen better than all other
gaited breeds. So if you own a speed racking horse or just enjoy watching them burn up the
ring on a Saturday night you are not part of a minority, but definitely a majority. What we all
share is the need for speed.
Written By John C. Dash