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Horse Racing Terminology Explained

If you’re thinking about having a flutter (making a small wager) you may be a bit intimidated by the seemingly secret language of horse racing. In this article, we demystify horse racing vocabulary with a categorized list of common horse racing terms. Read on to learn more. Horse Vocabulary Broodmare: This is a thoroughbred mare …

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12 Interesting Facts About Harness Racing

In harness racing, horses compete at a trot or at a pace while pulling a small, two-wheeled, one person cart (aka: sulky). In this article, we answer the most frequently asked questions about this interesting form of horse racing. Read on to learn more. 1. What Is Trotting? This is a diagonal gait wherein the …

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23 Smart Tips About Endurance Horse Racing

Successful endurance riders know what it takes to keep themselves and their horses comfortable and safe on long, challenging rides. In this article, we share valuable tips to help you select the right gear and develop smart habits for the best endurance racing experience. Read on to learn more. 1. Wear Riding Tights Even though …

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5 Tips For First-time Horseback Trail Riders

If you’re reading this, you’re most likely thinking of going horse trail riding for the first time. Now you probably are nervous and feel butterflies all over your stomach. This is normal for many people and there’s no need to feel ashamed. However, you cannot let these emotions take the better of you. If you …

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How To Prepare For And Excel At Barrel Racing

Barrel racing began in the 1930s as a rodeo event designed for women. In this event, cowgirls on horseback competed to race around three barrels, set up in a cloverleaf design at top speed. The sport has grown steadily in popularity since its inception, and today many men compete in barrel racing. In this article, …

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What Are The Different Types Of Horse Racing?

Horse racing is an ancient sport that has had an honored position in civilizations throughout history, as well as in legend and in mythology. In this article, we provide a brief overview of the history of horseracing, along with descriptions of the types of horse racing commonly seen today. Read on to learn more. Men …

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How Long Does It Take To Break A Horse And Is It A Good Idea?

“Breaking” a horse is a process of forcing it to learn a series of illogical, unconnected activities as quickly as possible. This process usually involves restraint, punishment and violence. Breaking can be a fairly quick way to force a horse to comply with your will, but when you are done, you have a broken horse. …

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An Overview Of Different Types Of Horse Bits

When choosing tack for your horse, pay close attention to the bit. This is, arguably, the most important aspect of your riding equipment. The bit is the part of the bridle that provides close communication between horse and rider. It is the metal piece that goes into the horse’s mouth. The bit is attached to …

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How To Teach A Horse To Lunge

Lunging is a good tool for teaching horses to respond to your physical and verbal cues. It is also an excellent way to help your horse burn off steam. This is important after a long, inactive winter when riding season is just starting up. When you start your horse off with lunging, you can refresh …

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Exercises And Stretches Help Strengthen Horses With Sore Backs

If your horse has a sore or weak back or is recovering from an injury, you may be wondering what to do to help him build strength, overcome soreness and develop a well-defined topline. In this article, we share ideas for exercises and stretches to help your horse recover from injury and/or build back muscle. …

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