Category: Horse Riding

Legend of $70 million led the most expensive horse top in history

Horseyhooves reviews the most valuable horses in horse racing history, the proud, aristocratic and long-running sport.

Horse racing is one of the oldest sports in the world and has grown into a billion-dollar business. Legal racetrack in the UK, the US can pay taxes annually up to hundreds of billions of dollars. Therefore, race horses, especially thoroughbred horses, will have a very high value. In addition to origin, strength, speed, many non-professional factors such as the breeding place, the reputation of the horse, even the reputation of the broker can push the horse’s value up many times.

  1. Fusaichi Pegasus ($ 70 million): Fuchaisi is the most expensive horse in history. Besides winning the 2000 Kentucky Derby annual race, the horse born on April 12, 1997 defeated all competitors in 75 other races, winning a prize of millions of dollars. With these achievements, Fusaichi Pegasus was dubbed the legend of horse racing.
  2. Shareef Dancer (40 million USD): The Shareef Dancer is an American horse, carrying the blood of the most successful race horse of the 20th century, Northern Dancer. The Shareef Dancer has won three races and was declared Britain’s best mid-range running horse in 1983.
  3. Annihilator (19 million USD): Annihilator possesses the qualities of a top race horse. However, according to Horseyhooves, this thoroughbred race horse only brought the owner a modest bonus ($ 3,000). Descendants of Annihilator later also not interested in horse racing.
  4. The Green Monkey ($ 16 million): “The Blue Monkey” is a thoroughbred horse originated from the legendary Northern Dancer and was acquired in 2006 for up to $ 16 million in a public auction. . This horse only brought about $ 10,000 in prize money, then had to bid farewell to the racetrack when he was 14 because of serious scleritis.
  5. Palloubet D’Halong (US $ 15 million): Palloubet D’Halong is the only performance horse in the world’s most expensive horse list, comparable to famous racing horses. Palloubet has successfully competed in horseback dance tournaments such as PSI European Championship, Aachen Rolex Grand Prix. Referring to Palloubet, fans will remember athlete Janika Sprunger, both have been together for many years and achieved many successes.

The Horse Racing worth $ 100 billion: “The rigged horse” scooped up every prize

The information shocked the American sports, 27 horse racing coaches, veterinarians and support staff were charged with using doping for racing horses to cheat to get money from gamblers.

According to CNN (USA), more than twenty people participating in horse racing events have been accused of building a process of using doping to help horse racing win many races around the world. US federal prosecutors announced the information on Monday.

Coach Jason Servis and Horse Maximum Security are accused of using doping to attend many races.

One of the defendants was coach Jason Servis. Prosecutors said the man had possessed performance-enhancing drugs for “all racing horses under his control”.

The indictment later said, Servis – the horse coach Maximum Security was first in the Kentucky Derby last year and then eliminated because of suspicion of doping. Earlier, Maximum Security won $ 10 million after winning the Saudi Cup opening race in Riyadh – the world’s richest horse race in Saudi Arabia.

That is information that makes the equestrian world and the audience of the racing industry worth $ 100 billion extremely urgent, and they feel angry when a group of people “cheat” to profit from their own pockets.

Prosecutors said investigators discovered evidence of “cruel and inhumane” treatment of 27 horses accused of fraud. “Revealing four indictments about the horse doping scandal is the largest ever prosecution of the Justice Department,” Manhattan Justice Secretary Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.

The type of horse doping makes “an increase in performance beyond their natural ability,” says William Sweeney, assistant director, head of the FBI office in New York. The drugs used can increase the number of red blood cells, endure, relieve pain and reduce arthritis.

Doping abusive horses have made some big bucks at races in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky (USA) and the UAE. One of the 27 accused, coach Jorge Navarro, is said to have trained a horse named “XY Jet”, a thoroughbred horse that won the 2019 Golden Shaheen race in Dubai.

“XY Jet” after using performance-enhancing drugs died in January 2020 due to a heart problem.

Eliminate confusing horse jargons (Part 1)

In this article, we will discover a variety of confusing horse-riding-related terms and jargons. 

Collection

When learning the physical ability of a horse, you quickly find that for a horse to do anything athletic, they must learn how to engage their hindquarters (hind end) and lift their forequarters (front end), also called as “being/ having collected”. As riders, we should focus on helping a horse improve its athletic ability by teaching them how to maintain collection at all times. One sign of a collected horse is a rounded topline (similar to a slight downward arch from poll to tail, with the back is the high point of the arc). Riders can assist a horse’s collection by directing them to give to pressures from the bit (bend at their poll and neck gradually) while pushing and riding forward with their hind end (also described as engaging their loin, hind legs, hindquarters, hocks, etc.).

A horse that is uncollected may travel downhill, with their withers (head and neck) put lower than their hind end. These horses may also get a nosed-out appearance or appear resistance to the bit. A horse that is uncollected, appear to be “heavy on their forehand” will be more potentially to stumble, trip or likely fall. These horses will also have a much more hard time performing athletic maneuvers such as transitions, stops, lead changes, jumps, etc.

Half halt

Half halt is probably one of the most-often mentioned yet still most confused terms in all of horseback riding jargons. While experts across many disciplines will distinct their explanation of this commonly used riding jargon, in short, a half halt is a coordinated effort to combine leg, seat and hand together in order to gain a horse’s attention, develop their collection, increase their balance and get them ready for an upcoming maneuver. The methods in which a half halt can be taught or mastered may vary, but the results are often similar: a horse who is more in tune with its rider is more ready to perform an athletic task.

Riding breeches and chaps

Riding breeches fit well, decrease the risk of blisters and, increase independent from the material, can also help riders to sit better and increase stability in the saddle. Riding breeches are a little tighter in order to avoid unnecessary creases that could result in blisters. The seams on riding breeches are also put where they do not cause discomfort. Riding breeches can been made from various types of materials – cotton, micro polyamide, polyester, and elastane are widely used.

Riding breeches can be full seat, knee-patch, partly paddle or completely unpadded. Full seat breeches generally enables a better grip on the saddle, while many people find that they get deeper into the saddle with unpadded or knee-patch breeches.

Riding breeches are created to be worn with riding boots, but they are now also worn together with riding shoes and short chaps/gaiters. On the other hand, if you have jodhpurs which are somewhat straighter and a little wider at the bottom, these can be worn with riding shoes. Jodhpurs many have a foot strap that is put under the foot to prevent the trouser leg riding up when sitting on the horse.

There are also various types of covers to provide protection and keep riders clean, dry and warm. Chaps are a practical, commonly used and simple to wear over riding breeches, riders can also take them off and put them on when being on the horse. The majority of chaps are made of suede, nappa leather, or waterproof nylon which work brilliantly in rain and foul weather.

Thermal riding breeches are also available for riders to use in winter. These can either be worn over riding breeches or simply over thermal leggings, for instance. The advantages of thermal riding breeches over normal salopettes is that they are usually made with zips that go the full length of the legs, making it easier to get them on and take off, and that they normally have a full seat, giving riders a better grip on the saddle.

Mueller cheered on his horse-racing wife

On Friday, Lisa Mueller and her horse Birkhof Dave entered a horse race at the Grand Prix in Munich. Beautiful suppress Lisa received enthusiastic support from relatives, including Thomas Mueller but in the end, Lisa and her horse Birkhof Dave ranked 8th out of 10, receiving 200 euros in prize money.

Despite receiving unexpected results, the Bayern star was still excited when talking about her mate: “This is an interesting competition, the results are not as expected of Lisa but I’m still proud of her and Dave”. At 8 am (local time), Mueller’s WAG will continue to compete in the special Grand Prix in Munich. The Bayern star said that he would arrange time to continue cheering for Lisa. Hopefully she and Dave will get a higher performance at the special Grand Prix on Sunday morning.

Mueller and Lisa share a passion for horse racing. Because of passion, after graduating from high school in 2008, Lisa majored in horse breeding and care. According to the racing magazine St Georg, due to the knowledge and passion, the Mueller family now has up to 17 horses, most of which are due to the WAG of the Bayern star, Carla Bruni.

Dave Birkhof Dave that Lisa is competing in the Grand Prix was Mueller bought for his wife in June 2013. In October 2013, Lisa and this horse won the “Stars von Morgen” prize in Nuernberg.

On July 13, 2014, Mueller and his German teammates entered a historic battle with Argentina in the World Cup final at the legendary Maracana Stadium. At that time, where was the WAG Lisa? Few know that, while Mueller was competing with Argentinians in Maracana, Lisa joined Dave in the Bavarian Championship. On St Georg, Lisa confessed: “Before going to the 2014 World Cup final, Thomas still texted me to encourage me to try my best at the Bavarian horse race. He doesn’t want me to leave the horses either”.

The best secret for choosing thoroughbred horses

Purebred horse racing is one of the world famous horse breed. This breed is well cared for for current horse races.

However, among those fierce horses, there are still modest horses of health. So to limit the selection of the horses, you need the same know the secret to choose good horses.

It is difficult to choose a good thoroughbred horse breed. However, it’s not like there’s no way for people to find the right horse. As long as you care about the horse’s health system and know how to ride a horse.

Specifically, when choosing thoroughbred horses you need to go directly to each horse frame to observe. The flesh at the ankles is firm, the legs are straight and the slender part is.

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Identify good horses through stature

There are many opinions that the age of the horse is not related to the selection of thoroughbred horses.

For example, if the horse’s age gets older, the horse’s health diminishes. At this time their resistance becomes weaker and very susceptible to disease when the weather changes.

Usually, adult horse teeth will have nearly 40 teeth. Each jaw will have about 20 primary teeth. This includes 6 milk teeth, 6 molars, 2 canines and 6 teeth near the jaw. As for horses at 9 months of age, there are a total of 28 main teeth.

How to choose a good thoroughbred horse racing by trial

The way to choose a thoroughbred racehorse, the next thing you need to do is trying riding. The riding test will help you accurately assess the health and situation of horse racing. At the same time, based on that you can also recognize the difference in the health of horses.

So when you try riding, let the horse run in an area with many different terrains. From flat terrain to steep, narrow and difficult terrain. As you learn to ride, focus on observing the signs that the horse is showing. Because based on these expressions you will know if the horse you choose is really good or not.

Specifically, when the horse runs to ensure good perfection, regular breathing. At the same time, at corners and slopes, they can be controlled and handled quickly, you can choose. Moreover, when riding the horse, you also observe the condition of the horse. If the horse does not cough, gasping for breath, the horse’s health will still be guaranteed.

Riding equipment and riding clothes (Part 1)

When you are going for a horse ride, it’s important to pick up the right basic and safety equipment that will protect you from any accident that might occur. Equestrian sports sometimes involve risks, but there is a lot of thing that can limit the risk of accidents and injuries. Learning to be around the horse is one and selecting the right protective equipment is another. You don’t need to have the latest, most expensive equipment or specially adapted clothing and shoes in order to start riding – but it is often easier if you use special clothes and shoes that are developed specifically for the purpose, including Riding boots, riding shoes, Helmets, Body protectors and so on.

Let’s start from the closest to the body. Picking up the right underwear can actually help to improve the riding performance. It is critical for women to have a good sports bra which will take the strain off both the bust and the spine. Briefs and underpants without seams that can rub against the body when sitting in the saddle.

Upper body

It is easy to get hot very quickly when riding or working in the stables. This is the reason why rider should choose to wear functional clothing closest to the body so that all moisture is transported away and they do not become cold. The jumper or jacket should also have the ability to quickly dry out moisture so that riders feel warm and dry. It is best to have clothes that are soft and close-fitting as large and loose clothes are not suggested because it makes riders become clumsy in these and it is difficult for the instructor to see how riders are actually sitting. For jackets equipped with hoods, it is best if these can been easily removed as hoods can easily cause accidents if they become entangled in tree branches, for example, when you are riding.

Why are girls so dominant in horse riding?

It is often said that sport is for men. However nowadays, girls are initiated in the field of horse riding and are increasing in number each day. To tell the truth, according to a research, girls are dominant in this sector, but does not displeased the masculine gender. What is certain is that girls are increasing show passionate and even wish to master and become real professionals in the field of horse riding later.

Boosting gender equality
If you want to understand why girls are so dominant in horse riding, it is mainly due to compete with men. Indeed, with globalization and the advocacy of gender equality, many women want to prove that they can be as good as men on the back of a horse. They also want to show that they can take care of animals and have the ability to undertake risky activities despite their traditional reputation as a gentle, innocent and delicate force. Moreover, with their caring nature, the feminine gender also likes to meet new friends, no matter human or animal. For this reason, the horse is a channel for them to reconnect with nature, to explore the world and to know what they are really capable of.

They love the challenge
Like boys, girls also love challenges and the feeling of freedom, independence when traveling on the horse’s back. They also cherish every second they taste the thrills, adrenaline and intense sport. Because riding is a chance to be in shape while discovering a world of passion and instant exploration m. And with equitack¸ they can also strengthen their passion. Because girls are as enduring and rutile as men that many of them have mastered skills in the field of horse riding. Because they have the right to be stand out in a field, it is therefore normal if they are so dominant in riding right now.

Where to Go on a Horse Riding Weekend Getaway in Europe

When you don’t have much time left for long vacation, it doesn’t mean the fun should stop. In fact, an extended weekend, or even a regular weekend, is enough for a great adventure.

There are many benefits that horse riding weekend brings. Beginner riders can experience what a horse riding holiday is like without spending to many days in the saddle. For experienced riders, it can be a wonderful getaway to refresh your riding skills before joining a longer trip.

Europe has a long history of horsemanship and an abundance of destinations for horse riding including natural parks and stables. There are a countless number of riding trails that take approximately a couple of hours to several days to finish. And most of the long trails can be divided into smaller sections.

In this article, we take a look at the best destination for a horse riding weekend in Europe, which is Andalusia, Spain.

For a short yet intensive adventure in Southern part of Spain, try a horse riding weekend getaway in Andalusia – the place in which horsemanship are not only tradition but still part of everyday life.

Home of the Andalusian horse breed and an incredible landscape of many types, this is the premier destination in Spain, featuring coastal and mountain trails for all riding levels, as well as ancient Roman and Moorish tracks that are suitable for many types of transportation as well as walkers.

Jerez de la Frontera, the birthplace of the Spanish thoroughbred, is one of the best places on earth to study how to ride and improve your skills. You can start with short rides in the countryside or take lessons first. Jerez is also a great base camp for the advanced rider to enjoy beach riding in Cadiz.

If you have two or three days to spend, you must try to ride the strong Andalusian horses around the region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the highest in mainland Spain. Seeing some of the most impressive scenery in the country, featuring lush valleys, pine forests, clear water rivers, and alpine meadows. Riding through unspoiled wilderness, visiting remote areas that can only be reached on horseback.

On the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the culturally rich Alpujarra region has many spectacular horse riding trails of all difficulty levels and old paths that lead through traditional villages, beautiful farmlands, gorges and green olive groves.

The best Horse Riding Weekend Getaway in Europe

Bundoran, Ireland
The wild Atlantic Way is the most popular horse riding trail in Ireland, stretching the entire length of the country’s west coast. Luckily, it is consists of many short and picturesque trails that you can take on if you’re short on time.

Donegal is the wildest and the most remote county in Ireland with hundreds of kilometers of beach and woodland tracks for both beginners and pros. There are heather-covered moorland, bogs, mountains, hills as well as rugged coastal cliffs.

Reykjavik, Iceland
Birth place of the sturdy and reliable Icelandic horse, featuring fjords and glaciers, lagoons and volcanoes, the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun, Iceland is a must-visit of any horse lover’s bucket list.

Bundoran is an excellent base camp to discover the many Atlantic Way beach trails along Donegal’s coast. On a horse riding weekend in Bundoran, you’ll get the opportunity to canter along Trawalud Strand, Tullan Strand, and Rossnowlagh Strand, as well as combine beach riding with gentle trots in the surrounding countryside.

If you don’t have enough time to visit a larger chunk of the country on horseback, there are numerous short tours that last from a couple of hours to a couple of days. For weekend horse riding in Iceland, the most popular trips begin at the outskirts of Reykjavik going across the lava fields, and are suitable for both beginners and pros. Some tours even stop at the famous Blue Lagoon for travellers to relax and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich water.

If you’re expecting to spend two or three days in the saddle, then you can reach certain sections of the Golden Circle and visit the most famous attractions such as the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Rila National Park, Bulgaria
If you’re searching for an affordable horse riding destination with pristine nature and colorful landscapes, Bulgaria is the one.

Get on the saddle and explore the unique terrain of the Rila Mountains, the highest in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula. Riding trails will take you across serene pastoral scenery, pristine nature, virtually untouched forests, beautiful shores of glacial lakes getting the freshest air and the best views.