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How Fast Does a Horse Travel in Different Gaits?

I recently led a trail ride on my gelding, and he walked so fast that some of the slower horses had to trot to keep up. When we stopped for a break, my grandson asked, “how fast does your horse walk?” Which began a long discussion about how fast horses travel in different gaits. Gait …

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Why Good Conformation Is Important in Performance Horses

When I go to horse auctions, the first thing that typically happens is I visit my potential purchases and ask their handler to take them out of their stall. My grandson asked me why I spend so much time staring at each of the horses? The answer was simple: conformation. Good conformation is essential for …

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Buying a Racehorse: The Most Important Tip I Ever Heard

I was at the racetrack yesterday and overheard a conversation between two men that really got me thinking. One man said to the other, “The most important thing you can do when buying a racehorse is to make sure it has a solid pedigree. This made me think back to the most important tip I …

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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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