How Do You Trot Up A Horse Correctly?

HQ magazine|June/July 2020

How Do You Trot Up A Horse Correctly?
A veterinary inspection commonly involves leading a horse in a walk and trot, so that the vet can check for any lameness issues. A trot-up is a common part of the vetting for a horse; is required if your horse goes lame for any reason at home, and is also required at higher-level competitions.

In these scenarios you must always lead from the left-hand side. To lead correctly you need to stay level with the horse’s shoulder and focus on where you want to go, to help keep the horse as straight as possible. Put your right hand towards the top of the rope or reins near the head, but leave a little slack (around 30cm), otherwise you risk restricting and thereby affecting the horse’s movement. Your left hand should be on the end of the rein or lead rope so that there is very little left loose to dangle that could pose a tripping hazard for you or the horse.

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June/July 2020