The Troika

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 23, 2008, 3:20

The troika is a traditional Russian driving arrangement of three horses pulling a sleigh or carriage. The harness and method are unique, as described on this lovely and informative site:

"The present form of troika driving has been customary only since the middle of the 19th century. The center horse, firmly put between the wooden shafts under the Duga, moves in an extended straight forward trot, while the horses on either side gallop smoothly and swinging with outward bent heads, led by the coachman with only a single rein. This produces the harmony of movement which reminds one