A fairly recent breed of horse developed in the early 1950s by crossing the
Orlov trotter with imported American Standardbreds. The Metis trotter though
less attractive than the Orlov in appearance, has a faster pace and is
quicker on the racetrack.
It stands at about 15.3 h.h. and is either grey, black, brown, chestnut or
bay. The head is slightly plain; It has inherited the upright shoulder of
the Orlov though it is powerful; the girth is deep though the body tends to
be long; the limbs are strong with good bone.