A Day in the Life of a Racehorse
- Racehorse Training and Feeding
Spoiler alert: If you haven't experienced the electric thrill of a horse race, you're in for a surprise at The Sun Met celebrated with Mumm on 28 January.
With #RaceDay around the corner, it's easy to get caught up in the pursuit of the perfect outfit and the after-party excitement. However, seasoned punters will tell you, the best part about #RaceDay lies beyond the fabulous frocks and selfies with celebs… The best part about #RaceDay, quite simply, is the race! Heart-thumping action, exhilarating stakes and terrific triumphs – all in under two minutes. The only question is, are you ready?
As you'd expect, two minutes of magic requires months of hard work and dedication behind the scenes. Peek at the people in the life of a racehorse to appreciate the wonder of being fast as a whip:
The horse trainer prepares the horse for races with the primary responsibility of getting the horse race-ready through consistent exercise. To get the horse used to human contact, a horse trainer uses his voice and plenty of physical contact.
Usually nominated by the horse trainer, the jockey rides the horse in races for a fee, along with a percentage of the purse winnings.
Did you know? Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015.
Did you know? Horse racing legends Muis Roberts and Mike de Kock were the first people to be inducted to the Racing Association's Legends of The Saddle wall.
Beyond the grooming and bathing of the horse, groomers are usually responsible for tasks such as feed preparation and distribution, cleaning the stall, cleaning and refilling water containers, cleaning tack, bandaging legs, tacking up, and ensuring basic first aid for cuts and scrapes. Horse groomers, also known as grooms, may also warm up or cool down a horse for the jockey if he or she has riding experience.
Did you know? Saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, harnesses, martingales, and breastplates are all forms of horse tack.