Swim to Win

When it comes to getting thoroughbreds back on-track, there’s a particular practice among horsemen that continues to go quite swimmingly. Training racehorses in water has been around for decades. It remains a popular and dominant method of conditioning or rehabilitating a runner in Japan, Europe and Australia. In the United States, there are accounts of it that date back to the 1940s, an option utilized by of some of the most high-profile thoroughbred conditioners. There are stories of Charlie Whittingham riding thoroughbreds along the surf of the Pacific Ocean, within walking distance of his barn area at Del Mar racetrack in California. Several of the larger thoroughbred operations in Florida, California and Kentucky also have swimming pools for horses. In Canada, swimming is most prevalent in the standardbred industry, as many training facilities for the breed have equine pools, while others, such as those in eastern Canada, have been known…

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