What makes a horse a trotter?

Trotters have a two-beat gait in which the opposite forelimb and hind limb move together, while pacers exhibit an alternative two-beat gait where the legs on the same side of the body move together.

Where did trotters originate?

French Trotter

Other names Trotteur français Anglo-Norman Trotter Norman Trotter
Country of origin France
Use trotting races
Height 154–167 cm

What breed is a trotter?


The Standardbred is best known as a harness racing breed.
Other names Trotter Pacer
Country of origin United States
Distinguishing features Well-muscled, long body, slightly heavier than a Thoroughbred, solid legs and powerful shoulders and hindquarters; able to trot or pace at speed for racing.

How big is a trotter?

The colors of the French trotter are usually bay and chestnut brown. It is an average-sized breed which stands 15.1 to 16.2 hands high (60-65 inches, 152-165 centimeters).

How much do trotter jockeys make?

The average rider probably makes about $7,500 a year and, traveling with the family and everything, I actually don’t believe he makes a living.” Incomes are at least as unequal today.

What does Trotter mean?

one that trots
Definition of trotter 1 : one that trots specifically : a standardbred horse trained for harness racing. 2 : a pig’s foot used as food.

What does trotter mean?

How fast is a French Trotter?

A stamina-based training method for trotters carried out at an average speed of 30 to 35 km/hour (1’40 to 14’2/km), over distances ranging from 6 to 12 kilometres. The trotter gallops with his fore legs and trots with his hind legs (opposite to ‘traquenard’). This type of gait is not allowed.

How fast do Trotters trot?

Standardbred Trotter Some horses are bred to race at a fast trot instead of a gallop, while pulling a driver in a lightweight cart called a sulky. A champion trotter, known as Lee Axworthy, was the first horse in racing history to trot a mile (1.6 kilometers) in less than two minutes.