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Why do Racehorses Change Leads? Tips on Horse Leads.

To witness a horse change leads while racing at full speed is quite fascinating. Changing leads is the act of switching the leg that will reach farther forward in stride, but is this natural, and why do horses do this? Racehorses change leads to maintain balance and negotiate a turn to the left or the …

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The 7 Fastest Horse Breeds in the World & the Races They Run

We recently went to the Fairgrounds race track to watch some horse races. On this day, both Thoroughbred and Quarter were running but not against each other. Keeping the breeds separate made me wonder what horse breed is the fastest, so I researched horse breeds that race and their speeds. The worlds’ fastest horse breeds …

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Are All Racehorses Thoroughbreds? The Horse Breeds that Race

Going to the track is a fun outing, and while there, you’ll see horses of varying sizes and colors. But are all the racehorses Thoroughbreds or do other breeds also race? Horses don’t have to be a Thoroughbred to race. Many different horse breeds compete in sanctioned horse races, including Quarter horses, Arabians, Paints, and …

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Where Do the Best Jockeys In the World Come From?

It’s fun to listen to the different accents of the Jockeys and try to determine where they’re from. Jockeys come from all over the world, but is there a dominant region that produces the best jockeys? The best jockeys come from Latin America, and it accounts for the highest percentage of top Jockeys in the …

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Some Horses Carry Extra Weights in a Race. Do You Know Why?

Weights are added to most entries in a horse race. The amount of weight varies based on the weight assigned to each horse and the size of the jockey. But before we delve too far, let’s look at why horses carry added weight in a race? Racehorses carry extra weights to meet the minimum weight …

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Racehorses Often Train Early in the Mornings, Do You Know Why?

My grandson got up early and rode with me to the training center to watch some young horses work on the track. He was tired but excited to see some young racehorse prospects and asked why do horses train so early. Early morning workouts allow the trainers and jockeys time to tend to the horses …

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Are Racehorses Abused? The Cruel Facts of Horseracing.

People outside of the horse racing industry hear horror stories in the media about how racehorses are mistreated and abused. Horse racing proponents often refer to their horses as pampered royalty. What is the truth about how racehorses are treated? Some racehorses are abused and some pampered. In the horse racing world, horses are treated …

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Horse Races Are Run Counter-Clockwise, Do You Know Why?

I have been going to horse racing tracks for a long time. But, recently, I was stumped by an old man who asked me, “why do the horses run counter-clockwise?” I had no idea, so I decided to research this question. Horses race counter-clockwise because American racehorse owners didn’t want to conform to Engish standards …

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The World’s Fastest Horses: Top Speeds and Common Traits

When I watch horses running during a race, their speed amazes me. The horses appear to be traveling at unattainable speeds. Do you ever wonder how fast they are running? I have, so I decided to research the issue and provide what I learned about how fast a horse can run. 55 MPH is the …

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What’s a Stakes Race In Horse Racing? How Horses’ Qualify.

A friend’s horse qualified for a stakes race at Evangeline Downs, so we decided to go to the track to watch the race. Since many people may not understand what a stakes race is, I decided to write a helpful article. Stakes races are the highest classification in horse racing. For a horse to be …

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