Did you ever wonder how young horses keep their cool in horse races? In all the famous large races, excited crowds make an electrifying environment by climbing on gates and creating loud, atmospheric noises as the races reach their pinnacle. Most of the big-money spenders invest large amounts of money on their favourite race horses. All the credit go to the horses and the jockeys who participate in the big races. However, every horse’s performance is dependent on both their training as well as their pre-race diet. Horses are all born with running abilities but for professional horse-racing, they need to learn how to run in a circle. So it is due to regular, systematic and organised training of young horses that gamblers, with the right research, can pitch their stakes accurately. For beginners, you can get odd information through various racing websites. Did you know that horse-trainers also teach horses to stretch their bodies to achieve a lead in a race? For more information on the training techniques, please read on…
The initial training steps
Detailed knowledge of exercise and feeding programs are involved in the training of a young horse. For example; gate procedures are introduced gradually as standings on gates are such a tough job for trainers. In the first step, horses learn to be led, handled, and loaded into a trailer. These activities help them to get familiar with the apparatus or walking quietly. Slowly, these activities become routine and they progress themselves with small learning steps. By doing regular steps, each procedure eventually becomes routine for the horses. In addition, having an older horse is helpful in this training; young horses gain confidence by standing near to old horses and watch them willingly walk through the gate.
During the initial learning, young horses are loaded side by side and trained to stand for some minutes before the front barriers are opened. These tricks create a real simulation environment for the horse. Trainers give instructions to move freely, jump or jog out before jumping out of the gate. Every horse has his own learning ability. Due to this method, they learn how to stay calm. Alternatively, forcing a horse may result in anxiety and nervous behavior which may affect performance which will be hard to overcome. Loading at the starting gates sometimes produces a frightening experience for horses. Due to this experience, horses may develop a fear which impacts upon the loading well. This can be overcome by following calm repetition. A frightening experience may become a danger to other horses as well for any given crowd.
How to choose your trainers
The important thing for an owner is the expectation of honesty and integrity from his trainer. The best way to choose the right trainer is a referral; ideally you’ll be able to ask your contacts in the equestrian world. Some areas have local feed stores which may help you to resolve your issues. Another way is to organize an in-person interview with your trainer. You can also search online and interview potential trainers to achieve special event objectives. Sometimes compatibility issue with the trainer and the horse’s personality may occur. Make sure you tell your horse’s qualities and weaknesses to your trainer and make them ready to accept your horse, faults and all.