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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Pacer

 

a horse whose natural gait is a pace; both harness and saddle horses can be pacers.

A horse at a pace has less tractive force than at a trot; therefore it is more suitable for drawing light carriages (sulkies or sleighs) than for drawing a heavy load. In racing in the USSR it is considered poor form for a trotter to lapse into a pace. In the USA pacers compete in races and are faster and more spirited than trotters. They are comfortable riding horses over long distances. With a rider they can cover 10 km an hour and as much as 120 km in a 24-hour period. They are not well suited to changing gaits.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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