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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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What Is Horse Racing with a Cart Called? and What’s a Sulky?

A friend told me about a fantastic horse competition he saw; horses were racing around a track pulling small two-wheeled carts. He didn’t know anything about the sport, which made me realize that many people may not be familiar with the various horse racing styles. Horse racing with a two-wheeled cart (a “sulky”) is called …

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Top 10 Greatest Racehorses of All Time. Two You May Not Know

Recently some friends and I discussed the greatest racehorses of all-time. We agreed on many of the horses, but disagreed about others, so I decided to do some research and compile my list for all to see. Horse Record Color Sex Years raced Man O’ War 21-1-0 Chestnut Stallion 1919-1921 Secretariat 16-3-1 Chestnut Stallion 1972-1973 …

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Why Do Thoroughbred Racehorses Have the Same Birthday?

Regardless of when a racehorse is born, they all have the same birthday, January 1. Relegating all horses to the same date of birth is strange, but surely there must be a rational reason, so I decided to discover why thoroughbred racehorses have the same birthday. Thoroughbred racehorses have the same birthday to make it …

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Breeders Cup Mile the Next Race for Tiz the Law

By: Emma Woodshut US Horse Racing Preview Breeders Cup 2020 Preview Tiz the Law is one of the nation’s favorite horses in training, and after a great start to the year winning the Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes, all eyes were on the horse at the Kentucky Derby to see if he would win the …

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