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

How Much Does It Cost to Transport a Horse? Tip for hauling

The cost of keeping horses is expensive. Ours often stay at a training center, and we pay someone local to haul them to their races, but this month’s bill made me realize that I needed to find out the going rate to transport a horse. In general, most commercial equine transportation services charge .75 to …

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How Much Difference Does a Jockey Make in Horse Racing?

I put a lot of time and effort into my new three-year-old filly, and I thought she would do really well. But so far this year, we’ve had only fifth-place finishes at races? Maybe it’s just not meant for us, or perhaps switching jockeys will help improve her performance. The jockey is an integral part …

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Bowed Tendons: Causes, Treatment, & Expected Outcomes

I took my family on a tour of the barns after we watched some young horses work at the training center. While there our youngest child asked why a groom was running cold water over a horse’s lower legs – the trainer told us the horse bowed a tendon, which raised even more questions. A …

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Incredible Horse Racing Facts. Number 6 Will Blow Your Mind!

It has been nearly four centuries since formal horse racing was developed and over this time, there have been some amazing horse racing facts that you might not know about but should. I’m going to share with you critical information about horse racing, racing personalities, and the most important players in the game – thoroughbred …

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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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