The North American
Single-footing Horse is well on its way to becoming a performance-
based "breed" registry.
What makes the true single-footing gait unique?
Ideally the gait is an intermediate 4 beat gait and is very near
even in timing. It can be performed at a huge range of speeds from a
relaxed trail speed of 7 to 9 mph, to a ground eating road gait
speed of 12 to 15 mph, to the breath taking racing single-foot (and
the speed at which the name "single-footing" comes from) of over 20
mph. At the fastest speeds these horses will be traveling with one
foot on the ground at a time, thus the name "single-footing".
Single-Footing Horses come in all sizes and colors.
In 1991 an
organization was started for the production of ranch horses,
pleasure and competition trail horses, and versatility horses that
travel with a true old style traveling single-footing gait. The
North American Single-Footing Horse Association was started as a
performance based registry.