Tips For Mounting a Horse

An important thing to learn when learning to ride is how to mount your horse.

Whenever possible you should always use a mounting block to get on. This is not only easier for the rider but also and most importantly means that the process will put much less strain on the saddle and the horse’s back. Mounting from the ground causes the horse to have to shuffle their balance to offset the rider’s weight as they get on but can also cause the saddle to slip, twist and pull against the horse’s withers. Another problem is that the continued pressure on the stirrup leathers can cause them to stretch. To avoid this you should swap them over regularly.

The textbooks always state that the horse should be mounted from the nearside however the reason for this is not clear, perhaps just tradition. Current research and many back specialists suggest that you should teach your horse to be mounted from both sides and alternate frequently. This is to prevent asymmetrical muscle development and repetitive strain caused by mounting continually from one side.

Before attempting to mount your horse it is important to check that your girth is sufficiently tight to prevent your saddle from slipping when your weight is in the stirrup.

If mounting from the nearside then face the side of the horse, level with the saddle and take your reins into your left hand. Using your right hand slip your left foot into the stirrup, turning the stirrup iron towards you in a clockwise direction. Make sure that the ball of your foot is on the stirrup. Then take the pommel of the saddle (the front) in your left hand and the cantle (the back) in your right hand. Stand up in the stirrup, releasing your right hand and swinging your right leg over the saddle. Make sure you sit down in the saddle very lightly. It is important not to plonk yourself down on the horse’s back as their muscles are not yet warmed up and it will be uncomfortable.

Place your right foot into the other stirrup then lean forwards and check your girth by putting your fingers around it to see how much room there is. If it is loose then lift your leg forwards and pull the girth straps to adjust it.

Now that you’re comfortable and so is your horse, you can ask the horse to move forwards.

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Get The Race Cards of Upcoming Horse Race Events

For knowing exactly how a horse racing is going on one can view the post data by visiting one of the web sites relating to the race. To know exactly what is happening in the racecourse is quite difficult for the person who is not able to reach there by any reason. Thus with the help of Post data section of any website related to racing one can easily find out all the results of the race.

Singapore Turf Club Results show the related results in the post data section in which a table arrangement of different tabs is there along each other. These tabs moving from left side to right having the title are Racing Home, Stats, Commentary as well as Results, Card, Sports lights. You have to locate the post data over the table and you can get all the information regarding your race card. Thus for your convenience the following references are shown below. It can help you to know about the situation of the game.

A post data contain columns with numbers. These columns are classified into RPR, OR, HORSE, GIONG, DRAW, RECENT FORM, TS, TRAINER FORM, DIST, ABILITY and others. Along with the help of this table you can make the assessment about your ability in comparison to other horses. As well as the table also indicates the visible negatives of your horse. So the following information about the post data section in brief is given below:

This game contains so much fun and mix of the emotions of lose and win. Once you will go through with this game you will realize it overall importance as well as also know the why people are crazy behind this game. Singapore Race Card shows all the results of the races held at the place where you are not able to reach by any condition.

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Blanketing Basics

Depending on the part of the country in which you live – and your weatherperson’s forecast for this winter, you may be considering blanketing your horse. Other things you’ll want to consider are:

Whether he has access to shelter in rainy and windy weather

Horses actually can do quite well without a blanket in even the most harsh winter storms. Their coat fluffs up like a down blanket and can provide extra warmth and insulation. But if your horse gets wet and/or it gets windy, that wet coat isn’t going to fluff up at all and your horse can become chilled. However, with a shelter (3 sided works best) where he can get in out of the worst of the rain and wind, he can still manage quite nicely all winter without a blanket.

The age of your horse

As your horse gets older, his ability to keep warm can become diminished. Many older horses have trouble keeping weight on to give them that extra layer of fat for the winter. Many horses keep warm during the winter by the very act of eating and digesting hay. But if your older horse has dental problems that compromise this, he may not have that avenue to help keep warm. Finally, horses can keep warm just by moving around. But older horses often become arthritic or can develop navicular problems and their desire to walk around decreases, so they can become more chilled. Most older horses appreciate a blanket during the winter.

Whether your horse has been clipped

Depending on how “clipped” your horse is, he may need a blanket. Read recent Classic Equine Equipment’s blog () on types of winter clipping. A belly and neck clip may not require any extra blanketing, but the trace and other clips leave a lot of the horse’s shorn body exposed to the elements. Blanketing is a must.

If you decide to blanket, there are literally hundreds of choices out there – stable sheets, turnout blankets, coolers and more. Most horse owners I know have an extensive “wardrobe” for their horses – something for every occasion. But I’ve found that you can easily get by with just three essentials:

1.A fleece cooler or Irish knit anti-sweat sheet. There are other materials available, but I’ve found these to work the best. If you prefer something different, look for something that wicks away moisture from your horse and insulates against chill. These are the blankets you use after exercising your horse in the winter. He may still be a little damp and these blankets help continue to dry him off while keeping him warm.

2.A light weight turnout sheet. Skip the stable blankets and wool sheets. Even if your horse isn’t turned out during the winter now, someday you may be in a place where he is. Turnout sheets are waterproof so he can go out in less than perfect conditions and still stay dry and warm. Look for ones that say that they are “breathable.” Your horse may go out in the a.m. in a cool drizzle, but if it suddenly turns sunny, you don’t want him to start sweating in his cover-up. Breathable fabrics allow moisture to escape to avoid this.

3.A medium to heavy weight turnout blanket. The weight of this depends on your winters. Again, this should be of a waterproof, but breathable fabric.

With these three blanketing essentials, you can mix and layer to meet the weather needs of your horse:

Layering has been proven to provide more warmth than just one heavy cover because it traps warm air between the layers for added “toastiness.” The waterproofing of the sheet and blanket will also aide in insulation against the cold.

If you decide to blanket this winter, your horse will appreciate this winter wardrobe.

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Biography of The Race Horse Native Dancer

Horse Racing is a sport that has become somewhat forgotten over the years. The sport only seems to resurface when there are horses that are in line to make a run for the triple crown. However, that doesn’t happen extremely often and the sport has taken a back seat to a lot of the other sports played in the United States such as baseball, basketball and football.

Many people look back and remember the glory days of horse racing, but they usually only remember a few horses. Secretariat and Sea Biscuit were great horses, no doubt, but there were other great horses out there that people should remember, such as the great horse named Native Dancer.

Native Dancer was sired by Polynesian and his dam was Geisha. The gray horse was a stallion and was foaled in the United States in 1950. Alfred G. Vanderbilt the 2nd was the owner and breeder of the horse and the horse was trained by the likes of William C. Winfrey.

The horse was named the Gray Ghost for good reason. The horse seemed to sneak up and streak by his opponents every race and managed an amazing racing career. The horse had a career record that can be put up against just about any other horse. The record finished at 21-1-0 with a total earning of 785,240 dollars. While this is not a tremendous amount of money, it was a lot more money in those days than it is worth right now.

The horse began to break out onto the big scene in 1952. The horse was like many horses and came out to surprise people as he began to take over. Native Dancer was an amazing racer in his first year and did not lose a single race. He was a perfect 9-0 and proved to have a flair for the dramatic finishes. The horse was known for a running style in which he would come from behind to take over his opponents. He was named the horse of the year that year and deserved the award for the amazing efforts that he put forth.

The next year the horse continued to dominate and took home wins in a bunch more races. While he had many wins, what everyone wants to know is how the horse fared in the triple crown races. Native Dancer managed to show well, winning the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in 1953. These wins were huge and gave the horse notoriety. He was named the US Champion 3-year-old Colt that year and was the United States Co-Horse of the Year. He was named the United States Horse of the Year again in 1954.

Native Dancer was inducted into the US Racing Hall Of Fame after his illustrious career and was honored by being chosen as one of the greatest racehorses of the 20th century. He was ranked 7th overall in the century and will forever be remembered as one of the greatest horses to ever take the track.

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The Secrets Behinds Happy Horses

Horses thrive on routine and a healthy stress free environment. Keeping their environment and living habits as close to that of their predecessors throughout evolution will help with this.

Turnout

There is a general rule that horses should have about an acre to themselves of field. So if there are 5 horses in a field, the field should be roughly 5 acres. This can not always be the case but it is important not to overcrowd. Many of us do not like to turn out if the ground is wet, worrying the grazing will be ruined so it would be of benefit for an area to be created where horses can be turned out even when wet. Dedicating an area to this, you can put flooring down e.g. bark, enabling turnout whatever the weather.

Exercise

Depending on our own lives sometimes it is not always possible to exercise to the level, or for the amount of time we would like. Particularly when the nights draw in, we can be hindered in our desires to exercise our horses fully. Horse walkers provide safe and effective ways of stretching the horse’s legs while you quickly get on with the other tasks of the day. This is not advised as an alternative to ridden exercise but will help you get the horse out of the stable.

Feed

Natural diets with plenty of forage, providing this makes available all energies needed for your horse’s performance level, can be the simplest and most efficient way of feeding your horse. There is no doubting that when your horse sis lacking in a certain area, that vitamins, supplements etc. can provide just what is needed, but a well thought out natural diet can also do the same. Keeping the fibre intake high, can also help to prevent gastric ulcers and enable optimum digestion, utilising the functionality of the horse’s digestive system.

Saddlery

Well fitted saddles, possibly with the option for interchangeable saddle flaps dependent on the exercise being done are one of the most valuable ways of investing in your riding experience. The horse will move more comfortably beneath you allowing concentration to be on the job at hand rather than controlling a horse evading pain from beneath the saddle. This is the same with all tack, ensure they are fitted correctly and not rubbing in any way. The quality of the equipment used can contribute to this.

Not all gadgets are bad, there is always the potential to over complicate things, but a well-used piece of training equipment can help teach your horse what you require, build up muscle mass and enable quicker development. The Equi-Ami is perfect for building up top line, much more quickly than other lunge aids.

Protective boots are always of benefit when working. There are a range of boots and leg protection for all eventualities, depending on the work you require from your horse.

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Horse Racing Tips – 5 Strategies To Win Big

While everyone has heard of betting on horses, they might not have any idea outside of watching a movie or a television show how to go about it.

Here are five horse racing tips to consider:

1 – Betting Venues and Learning About the Track

First, find a horse racing track. This can be easily accomplished by performing an internet search in your area. Once you find your horse racing track, then find out its schedule and arrive at least a half hour early so that you can get to know the track.

Then, buy a racing program. The average cost for these programs is four dollars. You can learn more information about the horse and the about the jockey in the program. Another reason why you should get to the track early is because getting there early ensures that you can get a comfortable seat that allows for you to see the racing monitor.

The monitor will display race numbers, betting odds, and up to the moment info on the race that you need to pay attention to. Next, find the find the current race. The monitor will show the number of the current race.

2 – Tips to Select Your Horse

Here are your next set of horse racing tips. Pick a horse that you would like to bet on. Decide upon your horse based upon the chances of winning that the horse has. That will be found by the jockey’s name on the program. The horse’s race record will also be a factor as well in determining if you should pick them.

Also, pay attention to the odds that the horse has of winning the race. There will be a large number that shows next the information for the horse on the program that will tell you the odds of winning.

Next, consider the estimated outcome for the horse placing in the first three places. This information will be located at the top of the page. Then, consider the jockey, the trainer, and the owner’s win percentage. These numbers can be found on the back of the racing program.

3 – Betting Category Tips

The next thing that you need to know for horse racing betting is to select the type of bet that you would like to make. You can make a win bet, which means that you are betting on the horse that you are certain will win. There are certain categories of bets such as the:

Place bet: This means that your horse will place first or second place.

Show bet: This means that your horse will place first, second, or third.

Exacta: This bet means that you know the exact order that the first and the second place winner will come in at.

Quinella: This is the bet that is placed when a person predicts the first and the second place winner, but in any order.

Trifecta: This bet predicts the first, the second and the third place winner in the exact order.

Superfecta: This bet predicts the first, the second, the third, and the fourth place winner.

4 – Horse Racing Tips for Cash Winnings

Now that you have all of the information that you need, go place a bet with the betting cashier. You’ll get your ticket and the ticket has the betting information on it. Now, you get to watch the race and see which horse wins.

If your ticket is a winner, then give it to the cashier, and you will be paid a cash voucher in the amount of your winnings. If you are finished, then you cash in your vouchers for cash.

5 – One of the Most Important Horse Betting Tips: Don’t Bet More Than You Can Afford to Lose

Keep in mind that the safer bets on a horse will yield the least amount of cash earnings. That’s because there is no real risk in betting on a safe bet. The more risky the bet, the more cash you will win if the horse wins.

Having said this, keep in mind that people get in trouble when they bet more than what they can afford to lose. It’s best for you to start out with safe bets. You won’t win as much money, but you won’t get in trouble financially either.

Also, try to use your winnings to place future bets. You will spend the money that you win, but you won’t spend your all of your personal income either.

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How To Use Horse Racing Trainer Jockey Stats To Pick Winning Selections

A lot has been published and said about using jockey and trainer methods to discover excellent horse racing wagers. Almost everyone who tries to back horses for money knows that there are some groups of jockey and trainer combinations that win a lot of races.

But just how essential is that information in reality when you are rating races? For example, let’s say you see an excellent jockey trainer combination with a 73% win and place strike rate history at York Racecourse. How big of a deal is that?

The concern that you really have to ask yourself is this, how much of an effect is this information that is openly known to other punters having upon the odds. Many horse racing papers and websites now display this research so it is well known and many punters will jump on the band wagon, or so it seems.

One example was a in a five runner horse race and I spotted a jockey/ trainer combination who were running a gelding to the starting gates at a price of 7-2. The early morning odds on this horse were 3-1. So even though the trainer jockey combination seemed fairly hot and the official handicapper believed highly of the horse, it was going off a bit over the early morning odds. This isn’t exactly rocket science, but it does cause us to take another look and to consider if it is a worthy bet.

The race favourite was a 6 year old gelding and was being sent to post by another excellent jockey/ trainer combination. They have a win and place strike rate of 58% in the money. Evaluating the two statistics of 58% to 75% we discover that the first combination is in the money 25% more often. So just looking at that one bit of information determines it is apparent that by gambling the 75% combination provides you with a 25% advantage. But now, here is the actual key to discovering value, the horse had an early morning price of 9-5, but actually went to off at even money.

I recognize this is a very simple example and I am describing an easy method to discover value, but it makes you think, doesn’t it? This combination is in the cash 25% more often. The horse is going off above the early morning price in a small field race. If you didn’t have lots of time to study the race cards in depth and could only use the morning odds and jockey/trainer statistics, which horse would you bet on?

Whenever you are having problems choosing winning value selections, keep in mind this easy example. Go back to the basics and look at the very fundamentals and see if there isn’t some apparent bit of data that can be combined in addition to one other bit of information to lead you toward an excellent value bet.

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Training a Horse to Tolerate Being Clipped

Does your horse object to being clipped? Then this story will probably be familiar to you. This is how we coped with a horse that had almost got to the stage of being unable to be clipped at all!.

When I first got my horse, Jazz, I thought she would cope with anything – she travelled well, was good for the farrier, had great stable manners and wasn’t spooky. Whilst she might have been a challenge to ride, I was congratulating myself on how good her manners were until the winter came and it was time for clipping.

It became obvious very quickly that clippers could not be brought anywhere near her. Ditching the normal clippers we tried a cordless pair which were particularly quiet, and just about managed to give her a rather unique clip, but she was not happy about it at all and it became dangerous to try to do anymore. Luckily her coat grows slowly, so it was another 12 months before we had to try again, and this time she was not having it at all. Even the sight of the clippers got her quite distressed, let alone getting so far as turning them on, so we resorted to sedation. Sleepy, she tolerated it for a bit, but we still didn’t manage to get much more than the neck clipped.

She even showed signs of getting worse – becoming unsettled just because she could hear another horse being clipped in a nearby stable.

So something had to be tried. Each winter she seemed to be getting a thicker coat, and desperately needed clipping as she sweated so much – it wasn’t an option to leave her unless we were going to stop riding. Then, one day, I was reading one of the great books by Mark Rashid, and something he suggested hit a chord with me. He described using a similar method to what we came to call the ‘Drill Treatment’.

It took both my husband, Steve, and myself. For the first session Steve stood well back from the front of the stable and turned on the drill, holding it down by his side. Jazz jumped, and looked uncomfortable, not liking the noise one bit. We kept the drill running for about 10 minutes, with me in the stable stroking her and giving her treats. Then we stopped for the day. After a couple of times she just accepted that humans do strange things, and gradually she calmed down and went back to munching her hay whilst the drill was running.

This process continued. Three or four times a week we’d do the Drill Treatment, gradually moving closer to the stable door and keeping the drill running until she relaxed. At first the progress seemed slow, and we could only move the drill closer by inches but we continued to persevere. The first achievement was the day when we were finally able to take the drill into the stable with her. Bit by bit she got more used to the noise and we were able to move nearer to her. Then, with drill in one hand, Steve stroked her with his other hand until she became settled. And then came the day he was able to actually lay the drill against her side, and mimic the action of the clippers with it. It took about six weeks to get to this stage.

So then, the day of judgement – clipping day. We decided we’d sedate her again, just so she would be relaxed, and then went for it. She was the best she had ever been – neck, stomach and a tiny bit off her back legs. This was a fantastic achievement! We were so proud of her.

The following year we started the drill treatment again, but she was so relaxed with the drill, and so we didn’t have to spend so much time with it. We decided to sedate her again as we didn’t want her distressed but this time she was so relaxed she all but fell asleep during the clipping! We took the opportunity and went for a full clip.

I’m not sure if we’ll get to the stage where we don’t need to use sedation at all, but I truly believe that if we hadn’t persevered with the Drill Treatment, she wouldn’t have been clipped at all these past couple of yeara! If you want to try this method it does take a lot of patience – trying to rush to touch her with it too early would have been a mistake. And it’s useful to have a second person, one to reassure, and one ready to move away with the drill if it’s too close for (her) comfort.

But the proof for us was that it certainly did work, and now she can be ridden all winter without any worries about her being too hot and uncomfortable. She looks very pretty too! She no longer sports a ‘Jazz Special’ clip – otherwise known as the ‘however much you can get off’ clip!

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Breeders Cup 2010

The 2010 Breeders Cup is right around the corner. This annual series of Graded Stakes racing operated by Breeders Cup ltd. Formed in 1982 it has been running since 1984. From 1984 to 2006 this was a single-day event, then starting in 2007 it became a two-day event. The location for the Breeders Cup changes each year. The race has been held in the United States every year except 1996 when it was held at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada. While the Breeders Cup doesn’t have the history of some of the other famous American horse races, it does have the money. Known as the richest day in sports when it was a one-day even, now as a two-day event it has lost that moniker to the Dubai World Cup Night, which features six races with a combined purse of $21 million. In 2008, a total of $17 million was awarded on the second day of the Cup. With the fifth highest attended horse race in North America, the Breeders Cup consistently outdraws all other stakes races. Having added 3 new races in 2008 the Cup will be awarding a total of $25.5 million over the two-day event, up from $23 million in 2007. The Breeders Cp Grand National Steeplechase is not actually operated by Breeders Cup Ltd, but in reality is run by National Steeplechase Association, which uses the “Breeders Cup” name in a licensing agreement. The 14 Breeders Cup Championship races allow a maximum of 14 starters, except the Dirt Mile, Juvenile Fillies Turf and Juvenile Turf which each limit the number of starters to 12. Over the history of the even the order of the races have changed many times. Traditionally the last two races are the Turf and the Classic. The 2008 event was the first, which the entirety of Day 1 was dedicated to races for fillies and mares, with Day 2 handing all the rest of the races. Starting in 2006 ESPN took over the Breeders Cup television contract for eight years. From its inception in 1984 to 2005 it was broadcast by NBC. The voice of the Breeders Cup is Trevor Denman, he too over for Tom Durkin in 2006. Durkin had called all the races from 1984 to 2005.

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The Horse And Some Basics

The first thing you need for your horse is a house.

This may be a stable or a pen. If you do not have a place big enough at you where your horse can live, you may want to consider a pension or a place that rents land or stables for horses. You will need to keep their home clean by removing horse droppings daily for stables and weekly for grazing pastures. However, taking care of your horse is a big responsibility and your horse must be properly maintained to keep them healthy and happy. In fact, they are almost like people with their own personalities. Horses are one of the most exciting animal to own and they make excellent companions. To provide the appropriate level of care for your horse, you can imagine it as a child of about 4 years of age because it is about their level of mentality.

You will need to check the water you provide for your horse regularly during the day to ensure that there is enough and that the container has not been kicked off or that the horse drank it all.

There are also many daily responsibilities that you have as the owner of a horse. The first is feeding your horse. If you have it in a barn, you need to feed grain and chaff, and hay and ensure that the barn is comfortable by putting sawdust or hay for bedding. By becoming your horse’s friend, it will try harder to please you. Offer affection and tasty treats such as apples or sugar cubes to encourage it to think of you as its friend. The horses will also need to have regular exercise and lots of love and attention. Horses also need large amounts of fresh, clean drinking water.

Take time with your horse by giving him a good brushing before and after you have mounted it.

It is important not to forget to clean under the hooves of the horses with a hoof pick every day, and before and after you mount it to ensure it has not picked up a stone in his hoof as this will make it lame. You will also need to have his hooves trimmed by a farrier every 8 weeks to keep his hoofs ready and protected.

Your horse will need to be wormed regularly and like people, horses need to have regular checkups by a veterinarian, even if they are not sick, to ensure they are healthy and well. If you have concerns about your horse or if you are not sure what you can give him to eat or how often, your veterinarian will be able to help you and answer your questions.

There are upscale stables in Champagne Ardennes which are fine for people who like horseback riding and of course who love of them may have guest rooms or a prestigious hotel in Champagne Ardennes nearby.

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