Trotting horses and their races

trotting horses

Some equines had a characteristic gait called trot that captivated many fans to equine sport and breeders. This made the breeds of equines that possessed the trot will begin to be sought out. These races ended up being called the Trotter race or trotting horses.

The world of equine sports did not take long to embrace this characteristic step to carry out races, where the driver is seated in a light car or on the back of the animal.

At present these careers have a great popularity in the Balearic Islands and in France.  Do you want to know a little more what they consist of?

Before entering the world of trotter racing, let's get to know these equines a little better.

Trotters in Spain they are not very well known equines, despite the great fans that exist in the Balearic Islands. This hobby started with copies of a chestnut trotting horse and Anglo-Norman trotting mares. This It was the base of the Spanish Trotting Race, to which the genetics of the English thoroughbreds, the Norfolk Roadster and different Spanish, Dutch and Danish horses were added later.

Despite being a race Created for trotting races, it was found useful in field work. 

We are going to open our mouths with a video of a race held in Palma, where we can appreciate the passage of these equines:

As a curiosity, there is a Spanish children's song that talks about a trotting horse.

What are Spanish trotters like?

Spanish trotters, with a height at the withers of about 150 to about 170 cm, are animals broad-bodied, with a robust back and shoulders. highlights the rump somewhat oblique. Its limbs are long and strong. They are leg-legs, a characteristic that in other breeds would be considered a defect. They also have large, very lively eyes.

As for their fur, they usually have layers like chestnut and chestnut. Sometimes gray and black capes can also be seen, with some subtle white markings on the limbs or on the head.

Besides being equines very intelligent, they are balanced and have a very noble character. 

What are French trotters like?

They have a height at the withers of about 160cm. They are equines of Strong and robust build, with very muscular hindquarters and a short loin. The limbs are long, strong and powerful.

They have a good character, which is essential for this sport.

Their fur usually has bay, chestnut and chestnut colored coats.

Harness racing

This kind of horse racing are performed by adopting the equines a specific gait or trot, while pulling a sulky (a two-wheeled cart). There are exceptions like in France where they usually use a cart but the saddle.

Each place has its own rules regarding this type of career. In Harness (North America), they are restricted to Standardbred horses. These equines are so named because they could originally run a one-mile race in standard time. They are equines with a calm character, which have legs that are somewhat shorter than thoroughbreds and a more robust body.

These races involve more strategy and sprint than the rest of the races. They can be carried out in two different airs: jog or pace. A jogger moves its front limbs in diagonal pairs. On the other hand, a horse in rhythm moves its limbs laterally. In Europe, races are usually run only at a trot while in other parts of the world the rhythm mode can also be carried out.

jog race

Rhythm racing

In rhythm mode, the horses are less prone to breaking stride as they often carry hopples or locks that connect the legs. Also, the rhythm it is a natural step for many equines. 

The sulky driver carries a whip that he uses to indicate the horse by tapping and making noise on the shaft. However, in some places whips are prohibited, as is the case in Norway.

The sport of jogging results of great interest in France, where they breed their horses to be fast. These horses are used for trotting, saddle racing and with harnesses.

Trotter racing in Spain

These races on the peninsula are held mainly in the racetracks of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, that is, in the Balearic Islands.

Menorca is closely related to equines. Trotter races are held at its Municipal Racecourse in Mahón every Saturday in the summer months and on Sundays in the winter months.

It was in the Hippodrome of the Citadel, also from Menorca, where The first trotter race was held on July 2, 1071. Races are also held at this racecourse from February to October.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I did writing it.


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