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Racking Horses come from the Southern United States, mainlyrnAlabama. They are known for a distinctive sugarfoot gait.It is believed thatrnthey are related to Tennessee Walking horses. An Alabama business personrncreated this horse and worked diligently to maintain them for years to come.

rnrnTheir ancestors were first bred on southern plantationsrnprior to the American Civil War. They could be ridden comfortably for hoursrnbecause of their smooth, natural gait. They were also bred for a goodrndisposition, intelligence, and versatility. Their development was similar tornthat of the Tennessee Walking Horse, also popular in the southeastern US. Inrnthe late 1800s, horse shows became increasingly popular in the southeasternrnUnited States, as an alternative to the gambling associated with horse racing.

rnrnIn the mid 1900s, Racking Horse enthusiasts formed their ownrngroup, the Racking Horse Breeders Association of America, and their breed wasrnrecognized by the United States Department of Agriculture as separate from thernTennessee Walking Horse in 1971. In 1975, the Racking Horse was designated thernofficial state horse of Alabama.

rnrnTwo stallions who became well known in the early days of thernassociation were EZD Falcon Rowdy and Speck. EZD Falcon Rowdy was a dappledrnbuckskin owned and ridden by John Demetris. He was noted for his goodrnconformation, and he won two world championships in speed racking, in 1976 andrn1983. He was a popular sire as well.

rnrnSpeck, owned by Robert Skimehorn, was a red roan stallionrnwho won 14 world championships in speed racking and was also a very influentialrnsire. Although Speck died in 2000 as the result of a stroke, his and EZD FalconrnRowdy's bloodlines are still influencing the Racking Horse breed today.

rnrnIn the early 2000s, popularity of the Racking Horse wentrndown and many distinct bloodlines died out or became closely related, leadingrnto inbreeding. To counteract this, the Racking Horse Breeders’ Association ofrnAmerica (RHBAA) has reopened the registry to horses that meet breed standardsrnfor height, conformation, and gait. Some breeds often eligible for this are thernTennessee Walking Horse, Standardbred, Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse and RockyrnMountain Horse.

Racking Horses can be used for shows or competitions, forrnharness work, or for riding. An Athletic creature, the Racking Horse can runrnfor miles without any fatigue symptoms. They can also be great earners and dornvery well inside the competition circuit across the country.

Racking Horses are elegant and lean. They stand at around fifteen hands tall and can be bred in various colors. They are considered tornhave an attractive looking face, sloping shoulders, and a tall frame, they alsornhave a silky tail and short mane. They have clean joints and a very gracefulrnappearance that gives the Racking Horse a look all of its own.

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