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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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How to Keep Your Grey Horse Gleaming

Posted on: July 31st, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Keeping a horse clean is a huge task on its own. Getting into a daily routine of basic cleanliness combined with a weekly bath and grooming session can go a long way towards your horse not only looking his best, but preventing permanent staining on grey coats and fending off minor health issues. Even if you already know how to clean your grey horse, the following steps will also help you to examine your horse on a regular basis for signs of injury.

If your horse suffers from skin conditions, using medicated shampoos is also a good way of caring for the problem in a gentle way. Think of this time with your horse as more of a bonding experience than a job that needs to be done.

Step 1: The Pre-Bath Brushing

Get rid of all loose dirt and surface dandruff with a thorough pre-bath brush. A good tip is to use a new or clean headcollar during bathing to prevent grease and dirt transfer from their regular headcollar onto your horse’s face.

Step 2: Wash Your Horse From Head to Hoof

If your stable isn’t equipped with a horse shower, boil water and mix it with cold water for a nice, warm bucketful. Using a large sponge, start at the neck and work your way through the mane, across the body and down the tail last, as it may require several cleansing strokes. Don’t be stingy; a thorough soaking does the coat good.

Step 3: A Detailed Facial

Consider switching to a smaller sponge when cleansing your horse’s face to really get into the crevices. Get behind the ears, under the jaw, around the nostrils, and even under the forelock! Dandruff and browband stains like to hide out under the forelock plait, so this is especially crucial.

Step 4: Build a Lather

Lather up your horse. Massage the shampoo deep into the roots of your horse’s coat and mane. Putting the shampoo on the sponge first can increase the amount of lather you get for a deeper clean.

Step 5: It’s All in the Rinse

Use warm water to rinse ALL of the soapy residue off and comb through excess water to reduce drying time. Scraping the water off will also alert you if there’s any shampoo left to rinse out.

Finish off with a wool horse rug to prevent your horse from catching a chill after his nice, warm bath. These need to be swapped out as well to avoid moisture build-up if used regularly enough.

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Five Ways to Boost Your Fitness To Be a Better Horse Rider

Posted on: July 20th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Being fit is simply a facet of being a healthy, effective horse rider. When the proper muscles are properly worked, your posture and therefore balance will improve, your stamina will increase, and your overall enjoyment of the sport will be far greater. Equicise is an actual fitness regime in the UK, born out of the simple concept that the more you’re able to develop your technique and fitness level outside of the saddle, the better you’ll be in it.

Here are a few exercises to do at home that can boost your fitness to be a better horse rider!

The Best Place To Start: Your Breath

When you are consciously aware of your breath, the rest seems to fall into place: posture, concentration on the exercise at hand, patience and focus. It all stems from proper breath control. Meditation and yoga are good practices to start working this “muscle”. When riding, it’s easy to slip into short breaths–or not breathing at all–which reduces oxygen flow to the brain and can affect co-ordination, balance and reaction time. Get into the habit of breathing deeply for a few minutes every single day, and incorporate the practice into every warm-up session with your horse.

Build Your Core

Get down to the basics to build your most important muscle, in and out of the saddle: your core. Sit-ups, abdominal crunches and dorsal raises will firm and tone your stomach muscles while simultaneoulsy strengthening your lower back. This will help improve your balance in the saddle, as well as your next goal: stability in the pelvis.

Loosen Your Pelvis

By nature our culture has become more sedentary, which is not in favour of a healthy pelvis. Lack of exercise can weaken the pelvic structure, while a regular program of pelvic tilts and circles can strengthen it. The pelvis is a key way to communicate with your horse while riding, as well as stabilising our core. Keeping balance in your pelvis ensures these functions work smoothly. If the area is blocked, you won’t absorb the horse’s movement as well.

Achieve a Balance For a Better Ride

One of the most sensitive functions that can be easily thrown off is our balance. All it takes is a little distraction to unbalance you, never mind poor muscle health. Therefore, it’s important to exercise this ‘muscle’ in and out of the saddle. Use a balance ball, play catch on the side; anything to stimulate the nervous system and work on sharpening reflexes.

Most Importantly: Move!

Consider cross training outside of regular horse riding. Whether it’s interval training, running, biking, regular yoga and pilates; get moving to increase stamina and get the oxygen flowing. This will help your reaction time in stressful in-saddle situations, and become a better match for your healthy riding buddy: your horse. 

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