What is a Trotter?

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What is a Trotter?

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        10-12-2010, 01:58 PM
    Question What is a Trotter?

    Hey guys :) so on Saturday morning i'm going to see a 23 year old, chestnut Standardbred Trotter, that is up for part-loan. I know this may sound stupid, but I have no idea what a trotter is! Can anybody clear this up for me?
    Thanks :) x
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        10-12-2010, 02:06 PM
    A trotter is a Standardbred that was/is used for harness racing. When trotting, they actually move their legs in diagonal pairs, right front and left hind, then left front and right hind striking the ground simultaneously.
    Now, pacer moves its legs laterally, right front and right hind together, then left front and left hind.
    At a harness track you'll hear trotting and pacing races, this is where it comes from.
        10-12-2010, 02:07 PM
    Thank you! That makes more sense now :) x
        10-12-2010, 05:50 PM
    No problem, glad to help you out.
    You should see these guys in action at the track with the pace that they have.
    Good luck looking at the one you're going to look at on Saturday!

    standardbred, trotter

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