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        12-03-2009, 06:35 AM
      #11
    Showing
    I've always had a passing interest in Standardbreds and grew up near Yonkers Raceway in NY. I've never had the difference between a trotter and a pacer explained. What is the difference?
         
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        12-03-2009, 03:01 PM
      #12
    Started
    Trotters, trot :) Pacers, pace! A pace is a two beat lateral gait: the front and hind right legs move together, and the front and hind left legs move together. Vs the trot, where the opposites work together: front right with hind left, and front left with hind right.
         
        12-03-2009, 03:20 PM
      #13
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by CheyAut    
    Trotters, trot :) Pacers, pace! A pace is a two beat lateral gait: the front and hind right legs move together, and the front and hind left legs move together. Vs the trot, where the opposites work together: front right with hind left, and front left with hind right.
    Duh!! {smacks forehead with heel of hand}
         
        12-03-2009, 03:24 PM
      #14
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    Duh!! {smacks forehead with heel of hand}
    hey, that's the most common question im asked. Most people don't even know standardbreds race on those gaits. Either they know there are pacers, or trotters, they never know there are pacers AND trotters racing lol.
         
        12-03-2009, 09:43 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    The crazy thing is how DIFFERENT trotters and pacers are in personality and looks. You can tell a trotter from a pacer from a mile away in most cases. I love the personality of a trotter - they are a little hotter in my experience, but they are a great challenge. It's so awesome when you get a going well, a real sense of accomplishment. Trotters are way trickier to figure out!
    Oh, and my fave trotter I had was Laddie - he made 1.1 million in 2 seasons and took me to the Hambletonian where he was 3rd. That was the best! He's in Sweeden now, I think he's a stud.
         
        12-19-2009, 01:48 AM
      #16
    Foal
    MMM very much so! Alot of the trotters are very "traditional" looking, much more solid =D
         
        12-20-2009, 08:46 AM
      #17
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Sea To Sky    
    MMM very much so! Alot of the trotters are very "traditional" looking, much more solid =D
    actually I wouldnt call them more solid than a pacer. If your speaking in terms of racing, no trotters are more apt to break than pacers. If your speaking body build, no again- trotters may seem more solid, but that's because their muscle is concentrated, more to the chest and rear due to them working opposite legs at the same time, where as pacers muscle is more even through the body because of having to work a whole side of his body at one time. A good pacer will always "rock" when pacing, its a sign of using the WHOLE body to work, rather than the pacers who just wort their legs.
         
        12-21-2009, 05:12 AM
      #18
    Foal
    I mean big horses in general. Here in NZ we have a fair bit of Sundon around on the trotting side of things and he can throw some giant colts! Such as Delft and Lightning Don... But by the traditional looking I mean you are more likely to get a trotter that looks very similar to how standardbreds looked many years ago than a pacer.
         
        12-22-2009, 05:33 PM
      #19
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Sea To Sky    
    I mean big horses in general. Here in NZ we have a fair bit of Sundon around on the trotting side of things and he can throw some giant colts! Such as Delft and Lightning Don... But by the traditional looking I mean you are more likely to get a trotter that looks very similar to how standardbreds looked many years ago than a pacer.
    im confused here. STBs arent supposed to be big, 15-16hh at the largest. And truthfully your pacers will look more like early STBs as they tend to be sleeker and longer legged. Early STBs more resembled TBs (though a tad bit heavier), as that's who they originated from (Messenger). Your trotters tend to be stockier and heavier than pacers, and sometimes shorter.
         
        12-24-2009, 08:36 PM
      #20
    Foal
    I work with the standardbreds. We only have 3 trotters and 10 pacers right now. Trotters are more rewarding but can take a lot to figure out and keep flat. But once you have a good one, they are great!
         

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