1996 VM Workshop
Official Rule on Breaking

(1) When any horse or horses break from their gait in trotting or pacing, their drivers shall at once where clearance exists, take such horse to the outside and pull it to its gait.

(2) The following shall be considered violation of subsection (1) of this section:

(a) Failure to properly attempt to pull the horse to its gait.

(b) Failure to take to the outside where clearance exists.

(c) Failure to lose ground by the break.

(3) If there has been no failure on the part of the driver in complying with subsection (2) of this section, the horse shall not be set back unless a contending horse on its gait is lapped on the hind quarter of the breaking horse at the finish.

(4) The judges may set any horse back one (1) or more places if, in their judgment, any of the above violations have been committed.

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