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The Top 5 Horse Races Around the World

Posted on: August 17th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Horse racing is at its heart a performance sport. A spectacle that appeals not only to horse lovers, but attractive to business types, sports bettors, and spectators who simply love a good show. When you take into account the total number of bets placed on a specific race, the media coverage it attracts, its history and worldwide significance, along with the total prize purse for the owners and trainers, there are 5 horse races around the world that come out ahead of the pack. Here’s a glimpse of the top 5 horse races around the world !

The Kentucky Derby

On the first Saturday every May since 1875, the leading leg of America’s Triple Crown kicks off in Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. The purse prize may only be a mere $2 million, but the Kentucky Derby draws the biggest annual gambling crowd–and celebrity sightings–in the world of horse racing. Arguably the most famous horse race, the 1.25 mile race is know as the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.”  

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The Dubai World Cup

What it lacks in history, the Dubai World Cup more than makes up for in purse size. The $10 million prize pool is awarded to the winning horse on the last Saturday in March, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Open to Northern Hemisphere thoroughbreds 4+ and Southern Hemisphere thoroughbreds 3+, the 1.25 mile race is held on the dirt Meydan Racecourse.

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Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

Since 1920, the 1.5 mile race has been Europe’s most distinguished horse racing event. Held the first Sunday of October at the Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France, the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is open to three-year-olds and over for a $5.5 million prize purse.

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Breeders’ Cup Classic

The Breeders’ Cup Classic splashed onto the circuit as America’s richest horse race in 1984. The $5 million purse is awarded the winner ever fall at the event held at various tracks around the United States. Toronto, Canada hosted the race once in 1996.

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Epsom Derby

The oldest horse race is also the most prestigious flat horse racing event in Britain. Held at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey, England, the Epsom Derby even attracts the likes of the Royal Family to watch every June as the middle leg of England’s Triple Crown. The grass dash is one mile, four furlongs, and 10-yards long, open to thoroughbred colts and fillies 3+. 

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Have you been lucky enough to visit any of these race courses, or even better, attended any of the races? Let us know on our Facebook page, we’d love to hear your stories!

Size Matters: How To Determine Your Horse’s Paddock

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

In colloquial terms, the paddock, corral, or pen is often referred to as the “sacrifice area” because you’re giving up valuable land for greener pastures. As a horse lover, this is hardly a “sacrifice”, as your horse’s outdoor living quarters are an important part of their whole horse well-being. A paddock will prevent them from overgrazing, as well as give them a safe zone. The best way to determine what size to build your paddock will depend on a number of factors.

 

Criteria Checklist To Keep in Mind for Building a Paddock

– First and foremost, consider how many horses you have and their age, breed, and temperaments. Will they thrive grouped together or are there retired or youngsters that would do best on their own? Horses that aren’t ridden regularly will require a larger paddock to exercise themselves.

– How much land do you have access to? Work with what you’ve got. There are no hard and fast rules to shape, so fit a paddock around a building or make it track-shaped. Get creative!

– Does your horse receive regular exercise? If so, a smaller paddock will do just fine. However, if it’s a youngster or senior that isn’t ridden as much, a larger paddock where they can run greater distances to work off extra energy would be preferable.

 

The Bottom Line in Paddock Sizing


The bottom line is, the bigger your paddock, the more it’ll cost to build and maintain; both in time and money. Fencing, footing, picking up manure and putting down footing all require your effort and cash.

However, the confinement of a paddock also means confinement of manure which gives you better control of the situation. Regular maintenance will reduce parasite, contaminated run-offs and mud build-up. If maintaining a decent-sized paddock isn’t in the books, consider using an arena or pen for turnout.

 

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Counting Down The 6 Most Common Mistakes Horse Owner’s Make

Posted on: April 10th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Not all horses are the same. Some you can get on and easily ride. Some are so green that you could be easily injured if you have little or no riding experience. The ones easy to ride are typically older horses. They have been ridden the most and will be the most forgiving of a beginning rider’s mistakes. The younger horses will be the hardest to ride unless they have been thoroughly broke. There are many common mistakes horse owners make and we are counting down the most frequent here! 

Mistake #6 – Assuming A Horse Trainer’s Technique Is The Only Way To Train A Horse

When novice horse owners begin to experience problems with their horse, they go looking for answers. The first place they look is in books. When the author of the book explains a training technique, the reader assumes that’s how it’s done by everyone. But when they can’t train their horse with that technique, they assume a difficult or untrainable horse. What novice horse owners need to know is that there are typically lots of ways to train a horse to do one thing. If you try something and it doesn’t work, try something else.

Mistake #5 – Not Riding A Horse Enough

New horse owners may experience problems, not because the horse suddenly goes sour, but because they don’t ride their horses enough. About the best thing you can do to have a good horse is to ride it, ride it and ride it some more. Don’t ride him just once every couple weeks. Horses need to ridden a lot to make them a good riding horse.

Mistake #4 – Thinking A Problem With The Horse Is The Horse’s Fault

Although a horse may have some problems, they are typically a result of the horse’s owner. There are rarely problem horses, it’s more likely there are problem riders. For instance, if you can’t get your horse to ride away from home (this is called “Barn Sour”) it’s likely because you don’t have control over him. You can establish control with various techniques such as Doubling.

Mistake #3 – Not Understanding How Horses Think

Horses do not think like dogs or cats. Horses are a prey animal which means they run from scary things. They have thousands of years of the “flight instinct” built in their brains. To successfully train them takes patience and understanding that they are naturally fearful and cynical.

Mistake #2 – Not Knowing That Every Interaction With A Horse Is A Training Exercise

Every time you interact with your horse you are training him. Even if your horse is well trained with the lead rope, you are training him every time you use the lead rope. Even when you pet your horse, you are training him. Novice horse owners must think through what they do when working with their horse because they can easily and unknowingly affect a horse’s behaviour.

Mistake #1 – Riding A Horse With Little Or No Understanding Of Horsemanship

A typical novice horse owner will ride their new horse not knowing horse-riding skills. It is important to have an understanding of riding techniques because horses react to leg pressure, how you sit in the saddle, whether or not the rider is tense, and a whole host of other things.

Let’s face it. Horses need to be understood for a horse owner to be successful with their horse. The best thing novice horse owners can do is learn how to ride, learn how horses think, learn what works good to shape horse’s behaviour, and understand that constantly riding a horse is just about the best thing you can do to have a good horse.