Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Finding Good Horse Racing Trainers

By Kristen Baird

Owning a race worthy animals is an exciting experience. There is just nothing to compare with a day at the races cheering on your own horses to a winning finish. But behind all the fun there is a tremendous amount of work and expense. Working with a really good trainer is the best way to ensure successful race horses. These professionals really understand the business and know how to pick a winner.

Owning race horses is a great opportunity to really get up close with the animals. Most of them are placed with horse racing trainers who know how to get the best from any animal. It typically takes many months of careful work and training for the equines to be ready for the track. Some animals are especially bred to race on the flat, but other jump fences on their way around the course, and yet others have special breeding to be trotters or pacers pulling a light cart and jockey behind them.

In many parts of the country horses race in trotting or pacing contests. These animals are trained to maintain their gait whilst pulling a light weight cart controlled by a jockey. It takes a lot of skill to prevent an exuberant animal from breaking its pace and cantering. In addition the jockey must know exactly where to place himself in order to make a run for the finish line.

In the tight knit world of race horses reputation is everything. A good trainer will have plenty of people saying positive things about them. Their clients will be loyal and only to happy to give them a glowing reference. It is a good idea to talk with a number of people to ensure that there is consistency in the reports.

Training takes a long time and a lot of patience. It typically begins when a horse is two years old. They will be introduced to a light saddle and a small rider on their back. If this is done carefully there should be no problems. Once the animal is comfortable with their jockey they will increase their speed until they are confident moving at even a flat out gallop. This process often takes several months to complete.

Choosing a trainer does require a lot of homework. The first step is to look for those that have a good consistent winning record. Most people then like to make an appointment to go over and tour the stables. It is nice to get a first hand look at the facilities on offer and learn how the trainer operates. Each one will have their own particular style and eccentricities.

Just like people, some horses have a more high strung nature. They may feel the tension of a big race day and get over whelmed. A good trainer will recognize which of his horses need extra help and be there to keep them calm. In many cases an over excited animal will waste a lot of energy that he really needs for the race.

Keeping a horse in training is not cheap. Owners must be ready to pay for many extras on top of the regular board and care. Veterinarian bills can be quite a lot, especially if the animal gets sick. There are also race registration fees and other costs such as paying the jockey and transportation to the races.

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