The natural motion of an American Dutch Harness Horse should be functional for its job:
a powerful driving horse which trots in cadence with high, open motion in front, forceful impulsion from behind and has a lot of suspension
A true show horse catches your eye. You don't need to analyze it. It has that undefineable universal appeal.
Correct & sound
To prevent problems in the future it is important to breed for correct and sound motion.
- balance & rhytm
- technically correct
- no physical flaws
Show horse traits
To achieve the show horse look it is very important that the horse moves uphill.
- upright self-carriage
- trot with a lot of suspension
- high, open flexing front end motion with the knee above the horizontal
- forcefull impulsion behind
The show horse element requires overall quality in every single detail.
- athletic ability
- dignified, cadenced trot
- sharp or lofty motion
The ultimate high stepping show horse has universal appeal.