Cuban Trotter

By PetMD Editorial on Dec. 20, 2009

The Cuban Trotter, also called the Criollo de Trote, is a common riding horse in Cuba. It is a descendant of Spanish horses brought to the Americas by the conquistadors.


Physical Characteristics


Standing at about 13.3 to 15 hands high (53-60 inches, 135-152 centimeters), the Cuban Trotter is muscular and well-balanced. Its head is small- to medium-sized and quite wide at the base, as is its forehead. Its forelegs are short but strong and muscular, while its hooves are hardy and clean. The Cuban Trotter also has a well-rounded croup, a low-set tail, and large, expressive eyes. Its coat is commonly made of dark, solid colors such as bay and black.


Personality and Temperament


The Cuban Trotter has a really good temperament. It’s friendly and obedient. It has boundless energy and good stamina. The Cuban trotter is also quite intelligent and a very efficient work horse.


History and Background


The Cuban Trotter is a descendant of Spanish horses brought to the Americas by the conquistadors during the Spanish occupation. This is also why the breed has a morphology and constitution that is similar to the horses found in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, and Brazil.


However, the Cuban Trotter was also influenced by Canadian horses shipped to Cuba during the American Revolution. These horses were brought to Cuba to work on the sugar plantations. In fact, these Canadian horses are often credited with bestowing the Cuban Trotter with the ability to trot so gracefully.

The Cuban Trotter, therefore, is a combination of Spanish and Canadian horses.

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