Frank wrote: <<<<What exactly is the purpose of the
Is it to determine
whether the horse is sound?
If so, then I don't see
whether hazing is or is not even relevant.
I know some
would tell me that some vets use the trot out to check on the
attitude, alertness, willingness, etc.
soundness the primary concern during a trot out?
, if you got to, don't haze 'em if you don't want to, but to
whether they are sound, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3 or grade 4, get
The purpose of the trot out is to help
determine the physical and mental state of the horse. The impulsion, and
attitude are as important to the overall assesment, as is the trot. If the
horse trotted out with impusion, had it's ears forward and responded to his
handler at the vet in, and then could not perform that way at 75 miles, it would
be safe to assume that the horse was tired and that would be a factor in the
Hazing your horse, or the NEED to haze it, tells
the vet many things about your horse's physical and mental state. Beyond
that, it is most certainly possible to have an absolutely sound horse who can no
longer go on, and will be pulled.
Laura Hayes #2741