|First Posted: July 13, 2009|
Sep 28, 2010
Trottingbred - Trot and Pace - A Gaited Breed
Harness racing ponies developed in to small horses by crossing the strong and tenacious Welsh, Hackney, or Shetland to the full Standardbred for their speed. The cross created a very versatile horse willing to do anything asked of it.
In 1977 the Trottingbred officially became a recognized breed of horse by the American Horse Council. Today they are still primarily used for harness racing and only registered Trottingbreds and Standardbreds can be used for breeding.
To Qualify for racing, Trottingbreds may not measure more than 51 1/2 inches shod measuring from the top of the withers. They race for one-half mile on an oval track and are classified by times earned.
This do-it-yourself, family oriented sport is found in the USA, Canada, Bermuda and Italy. What makes this sport unique is its wide range of participants. Age range from age 9 to 93.