About Russian Trotter Horses
originated from the cross-breeding of native Russian Orlov Trotter horses with
imported American Standardbred stock around 1890. The breeding goal was to
develop a Russian racing horse that could compete with American Standardbred
horses. While Russian Trotters were very successful, they were eventually bred
to their original styles of Orlov Trotters and Standardbred variations around
the middle of the nineteenth century.
By 1950 the Russian
Trotter breed was considered established, although some cross-breeding with
American stallions continued. A stud-book was established in 1927. Russian
Trotters are widely found, from the Baltic to Siberia. In 1989 there were
approximately 290,000 in the USSR, of which some 27,000 were considered
Russian Trotter horses
are found in the cold fields of Russia. They are generally used as harness
horses, but can also be used for competitions or for transporting passengers.
They can also be found in Ukraine, Moscow, Belarus. There they are still
currently found in racing in tracks that are popular in Moscow and in St.
They are generally
very tough creatures that can withstand any task, but are also quiet and gentle.
They are easy to train when they are young and are full of life and energy.
Russian Trotters are
around sixteen hands tall. They have a straight head, a regular sized wither,
long legs, and a sloping croup. They can be bred in chestnut, gray, bay, and
black variations. They can be spotted easily with their long and defined legs,
which are ideal for running and racing. Ordinarily, they can also have shiny
coats of fur and wear a very alert expression on their faces.