Top Tips on Trotting Up

Top Tips on Trotting Up

Horses are often trotted up for a lameness assessment in front of the vet.

 
Here are our top tips on how to do it correctly:
?? If you have been asked to handle the horse, whether you are using a head collar or bridle it is important to have control of them.
?? Do not restrict the horse’s natural movement by holding the lead rope or reins tightly under the horse’s chin.
?? Allow the horse to have their head so the vet can see any head nods or tilts.
?? Keep level with the horse’s shoulder.
?? Use a loose rein/lunge line so the vet can see the horse in a straight line.
?? Do not pull the horse along, let them walk/trot beside you.
?? Walk and trot in a straight line.
?? Maintain a constant even rhythm.
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