Introduction to Horse Racing
|Horse racing is known as an equestrian sport which has been around for hundreds of years. The earliest example of horse racing was during the Roman Era when men would race their horses via a chariot. These races were purely designed for gambling purposes and men who won would receive food, shelter, animals or money.|
Nowadays there are various different types of horse racing events which are short distant sprints or long distant races such as the quarter mile race. Horse racing is very popular in the United States, Europe and Australia.
|There are particular breeds of horses which are bred and produced particularly for horse racing. They include Arabian, thoroughbred and quarter horse breeds. Each breed has their own distinctive features and builds. Generally, race horses are slim in build and medium height. This type of physical structure enables the horse to glide swiftly on the race track without having to carry heavy body weight.|
Horse racing requires many hours of daily training and exercise therefore the race horse breeds have specially trained trainers to help get the horse for high speed races.
|Jockeys play an important role within horse racing as they are the ones who control the horse and give the horse instructions. The horse and jockey will share a close bond of trust, confidence, firmness and attentiveness. The jockey and horse must always train together to ensure the horse will feel comfortable and take instructions off the jockey when racing.|
Jockeys, during a horse race are completely in control of the horse and they will instruct the horse to go fast, slow, turn corners and sprint straight to the finish line. Horses are saddle ridden during horse racing events. A jockey is generally of a small petite build which helps keep the weight down on the horse. Jockeys use a whip to guide the horse to run faster. They are highly trained on how to use the whip because if they are excessively used they will be penalized or suspended by horse racing associations.
|Race Horses are can be a very valuable commodity. They are worth a lot of money, particularly if they are winning many races. But they are also valuable because of the amount time and money that goes into their training regime. Race horse trainers are paid a lot of money to get a horse up to the necessary standard for entering races.|
Race horses are generally Thoroughbred, Arabian, Quarter or Egyptian breeds of horses. The reason for this is that these particular breeds have the ideal body and muscle structure for racing. Some are more suitable for fast short distance races, while other race horses are built for endurance and long distance races. A successful race horse will be a product of the combination of a great trainer, a great jockey and a hard-working horse.
Thoroughbred Horse Racing
|The thoroughbred horse is purely bred as a race horse. They are highly trained in the horse racing field because they are completely suited to it. They have a slim build and tall body which makes them the perfect candidate for racing. Thoroughbred Horse Racing occurs all over the world. The races are purely designed for thoroughbred horses and they can only participate in the race events.|
Thoroughbred horse racing is designed also for thoroughbred owners to gather together and watch each others horses compete against one and another for cash or ribbon prizes. At the end of a race the thoroughbred horse who wins will be crowned champion and will continue on the race against others thoroughbreds around the world for national world champion titles.
Horse Racing Tracks
|Horse Racing Tracks vary in size. The quarter mile track is a popular one across the world and so is the mile horse race track. Shorter race tracks such as the 1000 meters and 1500 meters are popular also around the world. All horse racing tracks must have a good sturdy ground cover of either grass or well looked after dirt.|
Before a race, the ground of the horse race track must be completely accessed to ensure no problems will arise and put the horses and jockeys at risk. When horse racing tracks are not being used they are well maintained and looked after by grounds keepers and experiences track staff. Horse racing tracks feature grand stands with seating arrangements for onlookers, owners and trainers to completely enjoy the intensity and excitement of a race.