Some, such as jockeys, instead go to extreme lengths to stunt their growth — sometimes down to the size of a pre-pubescent child. In an industry where just a few extra pounds can rule you out of a multi-million dollar race, jockeys are put under enormous pressure to meet miniature weight requirements.
Each horse in a race has to carry a certain amount of weight. To make sure that it does so, all jockeys must weigh out before a race to make sure they and their kit (including the saddle) are the right weight. … After the race the jockey must weigh in with all his kit, to confirm that the horse carried the right weight.
There aren’t any rules limiting jockeys’ height, but they tend to be shorter because of the weight restrictions, usually falling between 4’10” and 5’6″ tall. So, they have small athletic builds that allow them to ride racehorses without hindering the animals’ speed.6 мая 2016 г.
Jockeys “don’t follow the movement of the horse but stay relatively stationary,” says co-author Alan Wilson. By, in effect, floating above his mount, the jockey saves the energy the horse would otherwise expend to shove him back up after each bounce down into the saddle.
It’s simply a matter of genetics meeting physics. Jockeys have to be smaller than the average person to stay under the weight. Smaller people tend to have vocal chords that are shorter than taller people, and those shorter vocal chords, like shorter strings on a piano, produce a slightly higher pitched sound.
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Behind the romanticized façade of Thoroughbred horse racing is a world of injuries, drug abuse, gruesome breakdowns, and slaughter. While spectators show off their fancy outfits and sip mint juleps, horses are running for their lives.
Jockeys are paid on a per mount (race) basis. … The jockey of the winning horse receives an amount equal to 10% of the winning owner’ s share of the total purse. (The winning owner in most states receives 60% of the total purse.) The second place jockey receives 5% of the owner’ s share of the second place purse money.
Never in the running, Seabiscuit finished third. … In 1937, Seabiscuit won 11 of his 15 races and was the year’s leading money winner in the United States. War Admiral, having won the Triple Crown that season, was voted the most prestigious honor, the American Horse of the Year Award.
Brothers believes women are underrepresented in horse racing because there’s less mid-level racing than there was when she started, making it hard for female jockeys to rise through the ranks.
It will not surprise you to learn that it is not uncommon for jockeys who struggle with their weight to starve themselves and spend hours in the sauna to lose a few pounds to be able to make a big-race ride. Of course it has happened, but it cannot be good for these riders in the long term.