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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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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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Why Do Horses Wear Leg Wraps? Here are 6 Good Reasons!

If you watch horse racing, you’ve seen some horses race with their legs wrapped and others running without wraps. Have you ever wondered what horse leg wraps are used for? Horse leg wraps support tendons and ligaments, protects against rundown abrasions and interference injuries. They are also used to cover wounds, keep flies off horses’ …

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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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Seabiscuit: 10 Facts about the Horse That Captured Our Hearts

Seabiscuit was a champion racehorse. But the facts surrounding his rise to glory and fame aren’t typical. He broke all the rules; he had lousy conformation, was small, and didn’t train well. But he blossomed and captured the hearts of the racing world. Seabiscuit was the all-time money winner and horse of the year in …

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Registered Thoroughbred Horses: What Colors Are Permitted?

When I watched Thoroughbreds being saddled for a race, I noticed they were a lot of different colors. This made me wonder what colors are acceptable for Thoroughbred registration. The American Jockey Club recognizes the following colors for Thoroughbred registration: black, white, chestnut, gray/roan, bay (brown), and palomino. Thoroughbreds can have white markings. A lot …

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Do Thoroughbreds Have Bad Feet? 5 Traits of Poor Horse Hoofs

Our friends’ racehorse was scratched from its debut race for the second time. The horse has a hoof ailment, prompting my wife to ask if Thoroughbreds have bad feet? Thoroughbreds typically have bad feet. Their feet are weaker and less durable than most horse breeds. Thoroughbreds’ feet are typically flat-soled, long-toed, with thin, shelly walls, …

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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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Why Are Racehorses So Young? Does Age Matter in a Race?

While looking at the racing form, I noticed most racehorses were between three and six years old. Seeing the ages of the horses made me wonder why racehorses are so young. Many racehorses are so young because they reach their peak performance levels at the ripe age of four and a half. Also, there is …

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