3 Things You Must Know Before Buying A Racehorse

3 Things You Must Know Before Buying A Racehorse

Pedigree

 

You hear many great trainers say the pedigree of a horse only dictates the price you pay.
A progeny of a sire that has produced lots of stakes winners is obviously more costly than a sire that hasn’t but many lesser successful stallions produce stakes winning horses.It’s important to look at the dam side of the breeding too.

 

How many of her previous offspring are winners?  Has the mare been mated well with a stallion that suits her bloodlines to give her every chance of success?
All sires have excellent pedigree or race records otherwise they wouldn’t stand at stud. The dam plays a crucial part in the success of your future racehorse. It’s always important to have the mating professionally analysed to see if the mating has a good rating.

 

Before selecting a racehorse it’s important to be familiar with the horse’s anatomy 

 

 

Conformation

 

 

Do you want to race a Stayer or a Sprinter?

Typically a Sprinter is a heavy type with upper body mass and a large hind. it’s levering produces a strong stride through the surface, and slightly lower limb movement through the air.  Precocious two-year-olds come from this type.

 

Stayer types

A Stayer will have longer limbs and be a lighter type, good fore quarters and lean hind. It’s levering produces fast limb action through the air and a slightly weaker movement against the surface.

 

Proportions are key to assessing a horse.

Above, by height we have a sprinter with short limbs, and below a stayer with long limbs. However, the limb length also automatically tells us the girth depth by proportion. This is basic mathematic proportions. A horse with short limbs must have proportionally deeper girth, a horse with long limbs must have a proportionally shallower girth.

 

Effectively, one only has to measure or assess certain parts of a horse, to obtain the full proportions.
This can also help measure hard to assess lengths. For example if the back length is questionable, one may look at the wither set because, if the wither set is forward, the horse must have either a moderate or long back. A horse with very forward set wither AND very short back would be a unnaturally tall shaped, similar to a giraffe.

 

 

Temperament

 

The calmer the horse, the better they tend to handle their racing due to their level of focus on the task at hand. You should look for a horse that is well-natured, calm and relaxed yet alert as these sorts tend to be the ones who know what their job is about and aren’t  burning off unnecessary energy. The other types of horses who are sweaty, pulling their riders around, neighing eccetera are a sign, particularly at the races, that they are acting on either excitement or their nerves and it’s likely they have already ran their race before it’s even begun.

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