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Horse’s That Crib: 6 Reasons You Should Avoid Buying Them?

Recently, a friend looked at a horse he was interested in buying; the horse was put together well and had a solid pedigree, but it was a cribber. He asked me if he should avoid buying a horse that cribs. I wasn’t certain, so I decided to do some research to find out. It would …

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Why Jockeys Wear Silks and 12 other Horse Jockey Facts.

During our recent visit to the racetrack, my grandson noticed the jockeys wearing different colored silk shirts than they wore in earlier races. Seeing this prompted him to ask why do jockeys have to wear silks. Jockeys are required to wear the horse owner’s silks. The horse’s owner registers the silks’ pattern and color with …

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What Are the Different Types of Bets in Horse Racing?

We recently went to the racetrack with a group of friends that’s never to the horseraces. They researched gambling on horses online but didn’t understand the basics, so I thought it a good idea to explain the bets a person should know before wagering at the racetrack. The bets you can place on a horse …

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Race Horses Live How Long? You May Be Surprised!

When I recently watched a horse work at the training center, I realized that most of the racehorses in training are incredibly young. This made me think about their lifespan and how long they’re likely to live, so I decided to do some research to find out. The average lifespan of racehorses is 27 years, …

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Horses Ears: Positions and What They Mean is Revealed!

I was watching some horses leaving the paddock and noticed their ears moving in different directions; it seemed as though they were communicating. It made me wonder, are they sending signals to each other, and if so, what message are they sending, I did some research to find out. The positioning of a horse’s ears …

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How Often Do Racehorses Race? Annual, Monthly, and Lifetime

When I was looking at a racing form, I noticed some of the horses had long breaks between races while others ran quite often. This made me wonder how often the average horse races and how the frequency of races impacts their performance. So, I did some research to find out. On average, racehorses race …

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Why Do Race Horses Wear Masks and Other Gear?

Women dress up and wear fancy hats to the race tracks to be different and feel good, especially for the Kentucky Derby. But have you wondered why some racehorses wear a mask? I have, so I decided to research why horses wear masks and other gear during a race. Racehorses wear masks called “Blinkers” or …

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What Does a Racehorse Trainer Do? All the Facts You Need.

After the excitement of purchasing our first racehorse subsided, we had to decide who was going to be the trainer? We bought him before we chose his trainer. So I researched the role of racehorse trainers. A successful racehorse trainer must win races and be able to run a business, while supervising staff, planning strategy, …

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How are Racehorses, Bred? Tradition vs. Modern Science

I always enjoy this time of the year seeing the foals, the future crop of racehorses, playing in the pastures. However, I never thought much of the process it took to get these foals here, so I started doing some research to learn about how racehorses are bred. Thoroughbred stallions must “live cover” a thoroughbred …

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What is a Gelding and Why are Racehorses Gelded?

When I initially purchased a Thoroughbred colt, I hoped he would flourish into a successful breeding stud. However, before running his first race, the trainer recommended that he be gelded. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I decided to research gelding to learn more to make an informed decision. A gelding is a castrated …

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