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Information about horse racing, from training techniques to racing equipment, is examined.

Horse Heart: A Guide to Rate (BPM), Size, and Function

As a horse owner, I’ve always been fascinated by their anatomy, and one of the most intriguing organs is their heart. It has incredible pumping power that makes it possible for horses to run fast and cover long distances efficiently. A horse’s heart is a melon-sized organ weighing 8 – 9 pounds. It beats 28 …

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Quarter Horse Racing: Distances, History, and Records

My first racehorse was a quarter horse, which got me hooked on this sport years ago. So during a conversation with some friends about horse racing, I found it surprising to learn how many people aren’t familiar with quarter horse racing. The quarter horse breed originated in the United States. They are known for their …

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Horse Racing: Can You Get Rich Betting, Breeding, or Owning?

Horse racing is a sport that has been around for centuries. With all this time, you would think there would be one particular way to get rich from it, but there are actually three ways you can make money: betting, owning horses, or breeding them. It is possible to get rich from horse racing, but …

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Is the Sport of Horse Racing a Dying Industry?

COVID-19 affected most industries and has many people wondering if the horse racing industry will die out or thrive when it’s passed. I have friends on both sides; some fear the pandemic will be its demise while others think it will bounce back stronger than ever. The sport of horse racing isn’t dying, but it’s …

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Is Horse Racing Good or Bad For Horses?

I often get approached by people who wonder if horse racing is good or bad for horses. There are many different opinions on the matter. For some, it is a sport that brings families together to raise, train, and watch the animals they love to compete. On the other hand, horse racing is the exploitation …

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When Do Racehorses Retire? Plus 7 Things They Do After Racing

Retired racehorses are an excellent choice for equestrians of all levels and are extremely popular trail riding, dressage, and barrel racing horses. As such, I get asked all the time when a specific horse is going to retire from racing. In general, racehorses retire between eight and ten years old. However, it’s challenging to know …

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The Different Kinds of Horse Races Explained

With as many as 300 horse breeds worldwide, there are many different types of horse races, and they all have unique histories and cultures behind them. But let’s look at some common types of horse races you might see on TV or read about in books. There are four primary kinds of horse races, flat …

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Can Horses Be Insured? What About Racehorses?

When you say the word insurance around most people, they tend to cringe. It’s something we all pay for in one way or another, whether it’s home, life, or auto. But what about a horse? Or, to be more specific, what about a racehorse? Can they be insured, and if so, what’s the cost? Horses …

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Can Cloned Horses Race? Is Equine Cloning Fair and Ethical?

A friend of mine recently asked why breeders don’t clone the best racehorses. She is very interested in horse breeding and wanted to know if cloned horses can race or does the racing associations ban cloned horses from competing. Cloned horses cannot race in either Thoroughbred or Quarter horse races, which are the foremost racing breeds. However, …

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How Far Can Horses Run: without Stopping, and at Full Speed?

Recently I learned that many prestigious 18th-century horse races in Europe exceeded three miles. Finding out about these long horse races made me wonder how far horses can run full speed without stopping. Some horses can run five miles without stopping if they’re fit, but it’s important to note that these animals are individuals. And …

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