The world of racehorses is a world of its own, where winged horses cross the victory post. It is on the one hand the racecourses where the best horses compete against each other, and on the other hand a place of competition between horse breeders and different professionals, the lads, jockeys and trainers, always in search of the rare pearl that can bring in millions.
The preparation and training of a racehorse
If you can’t afford to put money into a racehorse, you can always console yourself by placing bets. Racehorses start training at a very young age, as early as two years old. A racehorse foal should train between eight months and one year before his first race. Initially, the trainer focuses on endurance, breathing and responsiveness. The speed, for its part, is worked on a little later. It is nevertheless important to remember that not all racehorses become celebrities. From a very young age, they are grouped according to their level and aptitudes. It is important to establish a good relationship between the lad who rides him in training, and later the jockey who rides him in races.
For flat races, racehorses are classified as young horses up to and including three years of age. Once he is four years old, he enters the category of “old” racehorses. For jumping races (hurdles), the horses start later and are “old” from the age of 5. In cross-country and steeplechase racing, the “old horse” age is from the age of 6 years. In other words, the career of a racehorse is generally played before the age of 6 years old and after the age of 5 years old, the majority of them are reformed. If they are lucky, they end up in the hands of an enthusiast who devotes time and passion to them, to make them a magnificent saddle horse. Others, on the contrary, will continue to make a career in endurance racing, if their legs have been well preserved.
A driving torque, the horse and his jockey
Whether racing on the flat, over jumps or trotting, racehorses make people dream and allow them to be exhilarated by speed. The craftsman of the race after the horse, it is always the jockey who forms with his steed, the most beautiful couple. This one is a character of capital importance for the animal. Small, light but very muscular, the apprentice jockeys and lads go to a trainer to learn how to ride, first in training and then on race day. The race jockey rides very short and maintains his balance in three points of support: stirrups, knees and reins. The whole racing world is in a frenzy for these magnificent athletes that are racehorses, considered by some to be beautiful like gods.