Things You Should Know to Understand Your Horse Behavior and Physical Condition (part 3)

Horse Behavior – Skin Sensitivity

Skin sensitivity is highly developed in horses, which enables them to detect things such as flies landing on their hide, cold, heat, and pain. The most sensitive areas in a horse are its mouth, flank, feet, legs, neck, and shoulders. Some horses are more sensitive than others. When grooming these parts of a horse, care must be exercised.

Horse Behavior – Herd Instinct

The herd instinct is another inheritance from the wild horse ancestors. That being the others of its own kind gives the horse a sense of security. In a herd situation, every horse has its place in the social hierarchy, so there is the boss of the group and other members of the group will bully another.

This has implications for horse trainees to understand horse behavior. Adding new horses to a group will upset the pecking other temporarily so horses must be watched carefully during this time to make sure that they do not injure each other.

Bad Horse Behavior

They must also be watched throughout confinement in a small yard as well as at feeding time since these are situations when dominant horses reinforce superiority and the herd instinct is combined with a strong instinct for submission. In the wild, a herd has a single leader exerting authority over the rest.

It is this instinct that gives the horse a natural tendency to look for leadership and accept the dominance of the handler, if that person exerts the necessary dominance and calm. A rider should let the horse feel that it is dominant and he will have a great deal of difficulty making the horse do what he wants to.

Their herd experience means that the horses are quick to sense fear or hesitation. While the ears pick up the slightest tremor in the voice, the nose picks up the smell of fear. A placid animal also can react adversely if they feel that their rider is nervous and uncertain.

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The Most Popular Horse Breeds in Racing

There are a variety of horse breeds in the world, but not all of them are used as horse racing since racing horses require some special features. Moreover, the most important thing is the reproduction history of that individual horse. Here are five of the most popular horse breeds in the world of racing.

Race Horse Breeds: Arabian

Arabian horses are the world’s most popular racehorse breeds that have high intelligence, spirit, training, stamina, gentle nature, and beauty as well. Originated in the Arabian Peninsula, Arabian horses spread around the world by trade and war. This horse bread is one of the most popular horses for racing nowadays.

Race Horse Breeds: Thoroughbred

The most prominent racehorse bread in the world is the Thoroughbred which originated in England during the 17th century by breeding a native mare with the Barb, Arab, and Turcoman stallions. Many may doubt that any pure breed horse is good, but basically it is a specific breed of horse.

Race Horse Breeds: Standardbred

Standardbred horses are the most popular harness race and fast trotting horse breed in the world. Its alternate name is Trotter Pacer, originated in the United States. Standardbred typically weighs from 800 to 1000 pounds and ranges in height between 56 and 68 inches.

Race Horse Breeds: Paint Horse

Painted horses are very popular breeds of horses that also originated in the United States. The American Paint Horse is widely popular and is known for its intelligence, marking and excellent color, and unique refinement, which together make it the most preferred. Paint horses are used in competitions as a show horse and dressage training.

Race Horse Breeds: Quarter Horse

One of America’s oldest recognized horse breeds, Quarter horse is named for the short run of the quarter-mile. It is the US’ most popular breed of and can run up to 88 km per hour. The characteristics of this racehorse bread are healthy well-muscular bodies, wide chests, small and refined heads, powerful, and round hind quarrels.

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Things You Should Know to Understand Your Horse Behavior and Physical Condition (part 2)

Horse Behavior – Memory and Learning Ability

It is considered that horses have memories the second only after elephants, so a well-trained horse never forgets its training, nor does a badly-trained one. Due to this, badly-trained horse behavior needs to be recognized and corrected soon to avoid later problems.

Unlike humans, horses can nor rationalized but learn from experience. Horses tend to repeat behavior that brings a favorable response as well as avoid behavior that evokes a response from the handler or rider. They learn through a series of repetition, reward, and correction.

Remember that because they have no reasoning power, horses are unable to connect a reward or correction given several minutes after an action. If a rider or handler quick to reward a job well done with an encouraging word or a pat, the horse will associate that action with an enjoyable sensation.

If it is necessary to correct the horse, correction must immediately follow the action so that the horse can understand clearly what the rider is punishing it for.

Horse Behavior – Hearing and Smelling

The senses of hearing and smelling of horse are both well developed, which enables them to be aware of differences in its environment. A lot of horses get unsettled on windy days, perhaps because they cannot hear or smell as well due to the rush of the wind passed ears and nostrils. They cannot pick up all the usual sounds and smells, and they can hear and smell many things that are unfamiliar.

Some loud noises may even be painful to the horse, and continual exposure to them can result in deafness. On the other hand, because a horse relies heavily on its sense of hearing, it will respond well to a gentle, calm tone of voice. Horse behavior depend on the smelling and hearing power of your horse.

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Things You Should Know to Understand Your Horse Behavior and Physical Condition (part 1)

Understanding horse behavior patterns is necessary for any person who is dealing with horses. Knowing how a horse can react under certain circumstances might often make a great difference between success and failure as training or competing on the horses. Horse behavior knowledge might also make the difference between safety and potential injury to both the horse and the horse rider.

Factors Affecting Horse Behavior

Horse behavior is governed more by instinct than by reasons since its brain is very small for its size. Since it evolved, the horse has been the hunted more than the hunter and its ability to survive deeply depended on its ability to sense and run from the danger. This explains the horse’s strung, excitable nature.

If a horse can’t run in a situation which might be potentially dangerous, its next step of defense is to bite or kick. This reaction needs to be accepted as a possibility of a young horse. When it gets older and becomes more used to riders and handlers, these behaviors are unacceptable and become considered as vices.

The horse has developed various characteristics having a strong influence on its behavior and temperament. Many of them have developed as a result of the horse’s need to survive in an environment where its early detection of danger is paramount.

Horse Behavior – Sight of Horse

The width of the head and the body along with the size and position of the eyes determine a horse’s field of vision. The eyes, which are set wide apart on either side of the head, give the horse a good deal of sideways vision, providing a useful early warning system for horses in the wild. It also means that a domesticated horse might shy at something glimpsed out of its eyes’ corner while the rider least expects it and understanding of the horse behavior much depends on its many aspects.

In spite of good sideways vision, a blind spot is found behind and in front of the forehead of a horse. Horses are thought to be color blind and unable to differentiate separate objects such as rabbits and mice. They instantly conceive movements and will react according to their temperament.

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The story of million-dollar Arabian horses

Do you want to learn the process of horse care and training to serve the hobby of the super-rich Middle East? Do you want to admire a royal-class race, where the Arab princes stoop on the backs of powerful and majestic horses to win the championship?

You can experience all these strange things, just after a journey to visit Al Shaqab Horse Racing Academy – the leading Arab horse breeding, training and organization center in the Middle East.

From the top, Al Shaqab reminds visitors of the shape of a horseshoe. With an area of ​​up to one million square meters, this beautiful structure creates an impressive visual highlight for visitors. As you sit on the tram to wander around the main parts of the vast complex that is showing off its lavish looks everywhere, this place.

Arabian horses (also known as apricot horses), have been ranked as the most famous horse breed in the world. Outstanding with aristocratic beauty and extremely prolific physique, this is also the oldest horse breed (first appeared 4500 years ago) and has a strong influence on every breed of horse around the world. First domesticated by the Bedouin people in the Middle East, Arabian horses now roam in every road race, in many territories and continents around the world.

The author of the article, the two-year-old horse has a starting price of $ 200,000. When mature, it can reach the price of 1 million USD.

Possessing an average height from 1m35 to 1m40, with a characteristic dark brown fur with white spots, the Arabian horse has a special shape with a high head and tail, compared to other types. The slender shape, running as fast as the Mongolian horse, is highly adaptable to the dry conditions of the vast Arabian desert. The Arab horses when galloping can reach a record of nearly nine minutes, to cross the 7 km distance. They also possess extremely durable stamina, when capable of launching 160 km in a row without rest.

Al Shaqab has become a destination not to be missed, when to Qatar. Strange experience here, with million dollar horses is unforgettable!

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Most popular horse racecourse in the world (Part 2)

Meydan Racecourse (UAE)

Considered as a small city located in the most luxurious city on the planet Dubai, it is easy to understand why this racecourse ranks 5th in the list.

According to CNN, this racecourse complex built in 2010 has a total budget of over $ 1 billion with a capacity of up to 60,000 seats including a full range of hotel services, resorts, museums, restaurants and Of course, all are 5 stars.

Epsom Downs race track (UK)

Epsom Downs was built in 1661, with nearly 400 years of age, this is one of the first horse racing in Europe and in the world.

With a capacity of about 160.00 spectators, the racetrack has the longest 2.4 km race track. Like many racetrack in the UK, Epsom Downs also owns a chain of restaurants, golf courses and other expensive facilities.

Longchamp Racecourse (France)

This 57-hectare track track was put into operation in 1857 in the capital Paris, France. The racetrack accommodates more than 50,000 people who hosted Emperor Napoleon III more than 150 years ago. In April 2018, Longchamp has just completed the upgrade process worth more than $ 155 million.

Ascot Racetrack (UK)

In England, horse racecourse is often said to be the gathering place of nobility and the rich, Ascot is the place where Royal members of England often frequented. This track is the only track allowed to name the track after the names of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

This racetrack is also a favorite destination for betting people in Europe, estimated total weekly bet in Ascot is approximately 5 million pounds (about 148 billion).

Churchill Downs racetrack (USA)

Built in 1875 in the city of Louisville, Churchill Downs holds the record for the largest audience event, more than 170,000 people in 2015. The racetrack has a total area of 59 hectares, with full facilities such as restaurants, theaters, shopping centers.

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Most popular horse racecourse in the world (Part 1)

In the UK, horse racing attracts an audience after football. Each year, an estimated $ 100 billion is poured into these sports betting activities.

Santa Anita Racecourse (USA)

Built in the city of Arcadia, USA in 1924. Dubbed as the most splendid, the most modern racetrack in the world with a 1.6 km long track and accommodating more than 26,000 seats sit. Not only the racetrack, Santa Anita is also a complex of parks, amusement parks and picnic areas of 1.3 hectares right inside the track.

Aintree racecourse (UK)

Built in 1829 in the port city of Liverpool, England, Aintree is one of the oldest racecourse in the world with nearly 200 years of age. The racetrack owns 6 tracks, the longest being 6 km. The Aintree complex also owns a large displacement race track, golf course, entertainment facilities such as a square, restaurant, theater, spa with a total area of ​​up to 3 hectares.

Flemington Racecourse (Australia)

Built in 1840 in Melbourne city, Flemington racecourse is the most modern racetrack in Oceania and has a record capacity of up to 120,000 seats. This race has a total of 6 tracks and the longest race is up to 3.2 km. Last March, the racetrack had just built a grandstand area with a cost of $ 128 million.

Tokyo Racecourse (Japan)

Built in 1933 with a capacity of about 233,000 people. This is one of the largest and most modern racecourse in Asia. Tokyo Racetrack has a total of 5 tracks and the longest race is about 3.2 km. Tokyo Racetrack is also famous for its large record HD screen, approximately 750 m2.

Saratoga Racetrack (USA)

Built in 1863 in the city of Saratoga Springs, this race has survived two world wars, even closed during the US law ban betting. The racetrack can accommodate about 50,000 spectators and 3 racetrack, this is also one of the 4 oldest racecourse in the US.

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Horse racing is one of the oldest sports in the world

The most popular type of horse racing today is the British “flat race” – the type of racing on a flat road, according to a certain distance, to see which horse comes first. Of course, being a sport requires standards. This type is also known as pure horse racing, because this course definitely uses only pure race horse, with very clear and complete horse records.

Forget the concept of football as “the billion dollar business”. In horse racing, sales from the official racetrack, fully registered and paid taxes, was 115 billion USD/year (according to figures 5 years ago). That’s because horse racing definitely comes with a form of entertainment.

Both horse racing and seahorses have been popular in England and North America since the early 18th century. Each place has its own operating organization, on a national scale. For example, the British racing village is governed by the BHA (British Horseracing Authority). This organization licenses the operation and disciplines the professional jockey, supervises the training place and professional racetrack, revises the equestrian law.

Each year, the UK has about 6 million spectators watching horses, meaning that 1 in 10 people go to the horse racing at least once a year. The football audience cannot be that high. Also noted. Soccer spectators do not necessarily have to spend money after buying tickets to the pitch. As for horse racing, very few people come to the yard but do not fish. Hitting much is the other side!

Big famous races in the UK are Epsom Oaks, Epsom Derby, St Leger Stakes, 2,000 Guineas Stakes and 1,000 Guineas Stakes. The United States has a Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes or Belmont Stakes. Pure horse racing is now popular in at least 50 countries around the world.

In addition to the newly introduced flat race, there is also an obstacle race, not as exciting as flat racing because of the longer distance. The common point is that every race uses the horses pure and based on speed is the main.

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Horse racing, a traditional sport of England

The oldest horse race in England originated from the reign of Henry VIII and it is not uncommon for runners to win more prizes than winners.

Kiplingcotes Derby, which takes place every year near Market Weighton village in East Yorkshire, this year is the 500th birthday with a famous event, most memorable.

With only “a few carriages carrying tea” being convenient, this race has less in common with the Grand National than some of the quaint folk festivals in rural England.

Kiplingcotes allow any horse to attend and compete, without the need for a championship trophy. Purebred and “backyard” horses are lined up next to horse carriages and smaller horses belong to local children.

Most guests are amateurs bring “festive atmosphere”. The winner of the race earns a £ 50 prize, while the runner-up gets the remaining money, made up of the participants’ entrance fees (minus a little for the cost). In busy years, including last year when there are too many race horses to compete, the silver medalist can take home the most prize money.

The winner of that 500th race, Tracey Corrigan, could continue to challenge the most recorded victories, with 10 wins from Ken Homes, who also became the oldest driver, at age 74. But the records of the winners are not smooth with gaps in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Much of what we know, comes from an ancient document that gave the year the opening race was 1519, ten years after Henry VIII was crowned. The race was just for fun, because of a competition among local landlords.

It shows the original rules, including adding weight to the saddle of any racer, weighing less than 10 stones (64kg) to establish a level playing field.

On the day of the race, rivals meet at the finish line and consider. A single bookmaker, Chris Johnson, has been in the race for years and judges their eyesight when they show up. However, it is best not to run if you weigh a few pounds.

Then ride slowly back to the original post, before spinning and racing to finish. At the completion, they meet the audience, the numbers are in the hundreds and sometimes they come from far away places.

According to ancient rules, if the race didn’t go on for a year, the tradition was over. So even in those years, when the race was flooded or snowed, a local resident pulled a horse around, so that the 500-year competition still exists.

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The interesting records in the world of horses (Part 2)

The fastest speed of a racing horse – 70.8km/h

The highest speed a racehorse can reach at a short distance (402m) is recorded for a 2 -year -old horse, named Winning Brew, trained by Francis Vitale (USA) at the Pennsylvania state race in May, 2008.

The maximum number of horses pulling a cart – 141 horses

The world record for the most number of horses pulling a vehicle is 141, set at an event in Aubagne, France in December 2005. In total, 141 horses forming a length of 409.7m pulled the car across the streets of Aubagne in 1.5km.

The most expensive horse sold at auction – $ 16 million

The highest price paid for a thoroughbred horse at a public auction is $ 16 million for a 2 -year -old foal that has never participated in a race. The young horse, Forestry, was brought to auction by Demi O’Byrne (Ireland) in an auction held at Calder horse race in Florida in February 2006.

The biggest prize for a single horse race – $ 10 million

The largest prize fund for a single horse race is $ 10 million for the Dubai World Cup held at Meydan racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 27, 2010. All of the prize money was given to the top 6 horses, of which the first horse was awarded 6 million USD.

The smartest horse in the world – Lukas

Guinness has recorded Lukas is the smartest horse in the world. Lukas, a horse that was once considered “risky and dangerous” at 17 years old, was bought by Karen Murdock (USA) with the intention of taming and reselling. However, nearly 9 years later, Lukas has now become Ms. Murdock’s pet.

Thanks to the training of the mistress, this horse can distinguish colors and shapes of objects, know how to do such as bowing, catching handkerchiefs and performing self -training movements. Lukas has appeared in many TV shows, became a “star” on countless websites and was nominated for the Horse of the year Association of American Horse Publishers Awards.

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