Braving The Weather for Horse Racing’s Spring Training

Prior to getting back to the demands of regular exercise, horses should undergo a complete health check. A visual and a hands-on inspection should be done to determine the overall physical condition of each horse, and the weight and muscle-tone of each horse should be recorded. Since racing requires much higher energy levels than off-season rest, pre-training feeding regimes need to be created based on each horse’s condition – with levels of protein, roughage and supplements varying according individual weight. Radical changes in diet can cause stomach ulcers or colic so, ideally, richer food should be introduced gradually over a period of weeks, rather than days, before training begins. During the hands-on health check, any areas of swelling or soreness should be identified and noted in a horse’s training record. Particular attention should be given to the general appearance and condition of the legs and the lumbar muscles on either…

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