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Between 700 and 800 racehorses are injured and die every year, with a national average of about two breakdowns for every 1,000 starts. According to The Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database, nearly 10 horses died every week at American racetracks in 2018.
Most jump racehorses are at the peak of their ability between the ages of seven and ten. Racehorses are allowed to race from the age of two years old. Often these are called Juvenile races. All horses born in the same year share their official birthday as the 1st January.
That’s because horses have so little soft tissue in their legs that the bone often tears through skin or cuts off circulation to the rest of the limb, leaving them prone to infection.17 мая 2019 г.
Racehorse injuries and fatalities are a side effect of training and competition. The problem with equine injuries is that they so often result in death. A 2005 study by the United States Department of Agriculture found that injuries are the second leading cause of death in horses, second only to old age.
Horses do not sit around and think about how they have won a race, of course, but they DO know when they have won or lost. … The thoroughbreds who race and break their maiden (win their first race) and go on to race for a few years, gaining enough wins to justify their keep, KNOW when they have won.
All races have a set weight a horse must carry.
Every race has a designated amount of weight each horse must carry. … Generally, race weights are between 113 lbs. And 118 pounds. It is difficult for a jockey to keep his riding weight under 113 lbs.
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