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Horse Racing Around the World (part 2)

The best in history is probably the Secretariat, who won all three Triple Crown competitions in 1973 with a new record speed so far unbroken, running 1 1/4 miles at 1’59 2 / 5 “, Preakness (more than 1900m) with 1’53 2/5”. Everyone is convinced that this is really the speed of victory of Secretariat instead of 1’54 2/5 “. So far this issue is constantly being debated. By 2012, thanks to advanced technology, ban ran Pimlico to revise the Preaknes horse speed in 1973 through film to redefine the speed, and agreed, correcting the Secretariat’s speed to 1’53 “, which is the new record (?) of the Preakness.

But best of all is the Belmont (1 and a half miles, over 2400 meters) far ahead of the horse to 31 for their horse speed at 2’24 “. Secretariat was elected the Horse of the Year at the age of 2 years old ( 1972 and 3 years old (1973) Secretariat retired as a “stallion” After two years of racing, Secretariat made all 21 appearances, to the level of 17 times before (but was considered 16 because of the tournament). Champagne Stake even though Secretariat won, but because of the driver’s fault to collide with another horse, he was then relegated to second place; second to second; third to one time; fourth to first (first match).

In the defeat of Secretariat, the truth is not due to the poor horse, but by the risk. The first match was due to clumsy control of the Secretariat to be stuck, not in a good position, so when it was time to go up, there was no way out. The Champagne Stakes, which should have been won, were knocked out of second place. Battle of Wood Memorial, Secretariat was ill, not yet recovered, should not have run. The match of Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes, which should have been Secretariat, should not have been played, because they did not wear 100% of their strength.

In addition to the Triple Crown, the current biggest prize in the United States is the Breeders’ Cup, which is usually held at the end of the year. The tournament has only started since 1984. Starting in 2008, the Breeders’ Cup will include all 14 degrees for 2 consecutive days, for all ages of steed with a total sum of above. 20 million dollars. Nowadays, Breeders’ Cup has become an important prize to decide more than lose for the gods to win the Horse of the Year honor!

Horse Racing Around the World (part 1)

Horse racing is an equestrian sport that has existed for centuries. Horse racing of the Roman period was the first form of horse racing. This sport is often associated with adventure betting.

One of the major forms of horse racing popular in many parts of the world is thoroughbred horse racing. Harness racing is also popular in the Eastern United States, in Canada. 400-meter (quarter-horse) racing is popular in the western United States. In short, Quarter horses are unique breeds that run exclusively on the 1/4 mile track. This breed is smaller than regular horses, only 1.50m-1.55m high.

Horse breeding, horse training and horse races in some countries are now an important economic activity. In addition, the betting industry is very strong. Especially the winning horses will win millions of dollars and also create more by providing services for it such as care and nurturing.

In Australia

Horse racing in Australia is the most successful sport with the world famous Melbourne Cup race. In Australia, the most famous racing horse is Phar Lap. In 51 appearances in his life, Phar Lap won the first prize 37 times. From 2003-2005, Makybe Diva became the first with only one horse to win a succession in the Melbourne Cup.

In Asia

Horse racing in Asia is very popular and has been there since ancient times. The king used to open horse races for entertainment. Today, in countries like Japan, Hong Kong (China), Malaysia, Singapore and more, horse racing is both a skillful art and an entertaining sport.

In America

Horse racing in North America is a huge skillful art that is worth billions of dollars. North American horse racing began running when the horse was only 2 years old. The biggest tournaments in North America are Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont. These three tournaments are only for 3-year-old horses, collectively known as The Triple Crown. So far only 12 horses have won all three tournaments in a year. These are Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973) , Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), and American Pharoah (2015).

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.

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.

Top Affordable Horse Riding Holidays (Part 2)

6 Days trip of Horse Riding in Essaouira, Diabat
Having dreamt of a Moroccan adventure? Why not turn that dream a reality by joining a horse riding holiday in Morocco?

Ranch de Diabat offers a holiday which allow you to explore the various landscape of Essaouira – Including the vast sand dunes, the deserted beaches and the peaceful fishing villages.
On this trip, walking along trails and across rivers for a minimum of 5 hours a day. In the evenings, you will enjoy traditional Moroccan meals at the bivouac as you feel the warmth of the campfire before laying on the hay in a Berber tent.
On the final day, you will be able to experience the coastline and the city of Souiri where you will have spare time to shopping or having a traditional massage before finishing the night with a lovely dinner at a beautiful hotel in Essouira.

Price: Starts at US$666 per person for All year round
Skill level: Appropriate for Intermediate & Advanced riders

4 Days Midweek Horse Riding Getaway in Queensland
Thinking about going on a quick horse riding trip during the middle of the week? Worry not. If you currently in Australia, this is the perfect excursion for you!

Situated in Lockyer Valley, Queensland, the friendly people at Fordsdale Horseback Adventures will welcome you with open arms like no other.
Lucky for you, situated just a short trip from Brisbane, Queensland is one of Australia’s top horse riding places which means that there are plenty of amazing trails for you to explore during your trip!
There are two options to choose from – The first is appropriate for beginners which includes riding lessons in the farm’s round yard in the morning and afternoons, before short trail rides. The other option is perfect for intermediate and advanced riders where they can enjoy longer trail rides with or without riding lessons

Top Affordable Horse Riding Holidays (Part 1)

This is the resource for planning your horse riding holidays with recommendation of the top destinations to take your riding skills to new heights. 

While horse riding is often considered as an activity that comes with an expensive price tag, this is not necessarily true. 

Horse riding can actually be expensive but there are lots of options available across the world that allow you to have an unforgettable and high quality horse riding trip without breaking your budget.

There are many surprising budget horse riding vacations for you and your loved ones

Horse Riding in Paradise Valley and South Desert of the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco can cost around US$150/day for group of 15 people including accommodation and meals.

Horse Riding Trip in Andalusia

If you’re a horse riding lover, you probably already dream about Andalusia which is one of the world’s top horse riding place where you will be able to explore the best of the Spain region has to offer within a weeklong horse riding excursion.

Team of experienced riders and tour guides of Horse Riding Andalusia, will offer you the opportunity to ride and bond with different types of horse breeds whichever horse you like, they are sure footed, cared and well-trained.

Each day, you will be offered at least 4 hours of riding – where you can enjoy breathtaking trails in the nature reserve situated just a mile away from any accommodation you decide to stay at. During your ride, you will encounter various local wildlife including mountain goats, deers, giraffes, eagles, and wild boars. It’s a vacation ideal for wildlife and natural fan. 

Soak in the Spanish hot sun and fresh air while experience Andalusian countryside life where things are simple, rustic but always enchanting. This group and family friendly horse riding excursion also includes a guided tour from the city of Granada. It will surely leave you wanting so much more!

Price: Starts at $69/Day for all level of skill

Availability: All year round

Best Horse Riding Destinations in Italy (Part 3)

Sardinia, the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, fills with a rich horse riding culture dating back as far as the 13th century, the last places in Europe where wild horses still roam free. Until today, there are numerous festivals, exhibitions and tournaments that honor horses and showcase the impressive skills of the local riders. 

Featuring approximately 1850 kilometers of beautiful coastline which make Sardinia an amazing holiday spot for riders who enjoy watersports and chill beach vacations. The clear-water beaches on the south part of the island are perfect for romantic sunset getaway, while the green pastures located over cliffs and crags in the north and east part are ideal venues for gallops.

The trails that are more appropriate for beginner riders exploring the south-west coast through pinewoods close to the sea by golden dunes. On the way, riders might discover small yet beautiful fishing villages and a pat of pink flamingos.

Sardinia cost line

More experienced riders can take spectacular trails ride to the center of the island where the scenery changes from valleys covered with golden wheat growing fields to forests of pine and rugged mountain with canyons, caves and ancient ruins.

Due to the deep-rooted traditions that horse breeding still is an important part of the island’s culture, with the create of diverse horse riding holidays. In this part of the Mediterranean Sea, riders might find horse riding holiday to suit every preference, from pony rides for children and beginner to beach or countryside rides and demanding tours.

How to get there:

The biggest and most modern airport on the island is in Cagliari (CAG), which is also the best option to fly if you plan your holidays are in the southern part of the island. In the north of Sardinia, the best airports for arrival are Olbia (OLB) and well-known budget airlines is Alghero Airport (AHO). The island is also well accessed by domestic flights to all major Italian cities such as Naples, Bologna, Rome, Milan, Turin or Venice. Although Sardinia has well developed public infrastructure and transportation, the most suitable option to reach remote locations is by car.

Tips to look like an expert in saddle (part 1)

Mount with confidence

If you are not confident, the horse can sense it and become uneasy too. If you join a ranch vacation, you’ll find that the horses are commonly trained to allow people mount on the left side while your guide hold your horse’s head. But if that’s not the case, ask someone to hell so the horse doesn’t move while you get on him.
First, lifting your left foot into the stirrup, holding both of the reins with your left hand and lifting yourself up with your right leg to mount as smoothly as possible on the horde. Don’t push the horse down as this could hurt him; you can place your hands on his back but just for balancing.

Sit up straight and relaxed

Maybe you think that you can ride as fast as possible like the professional on TV but keep in mind that you’re beginner so the best position to keep control of your horse is to sit up straight, relax your back, hold the reins lightly and gently, set a foot in each stirrup, and keep balance to not make your horse feel like you are a heavier load.

Be gentle with the reins

Your horse riding technique might based on which style you’re learning, English or Western. In English riding, you hold a rein in each hand, while in Western riding you take both reins in one hand. Whichever your style, relax your arms and don’t pull too hard or you might make the horse feel painful. It’s also a good reason to lift the reins above your shoulder level so that your arms form right angles at the elbow.
To turn your horse to the left, move the left rein to the left in a movement like opening a door. In case you want to turn to the right, repeat the action with the right rein. To stop, just gently pull back and push the heels down.

What’s in the $ 6 million Melbourne horse racing tournament?

Every year, on the first Tuesday of November, the whole of Australia will be shut down for 3 and a half minutes. Why is there such a strange thing? Check out Melbourne’s renowned Melbourne trophy race!

Melbourne Cup Horse Racing is worth up to $ 6 million. There will be about 24 horses participating in the cup competition. The race will take place over a distance of 32 km. This is a handicap competition (for all sides to weigh). The horses will be given additional weight on their backs to ensure that all competitors have the same chance of winning.

This tournament has a long history. The Melbourne Cup was first held in 1861. Since then, the Tournament has been regularly held every year and only ceased operations during World War II. To this day, it was chosen to be held on the first Tuesday of November.

Cup Day is part of a horse racing festival that includes events such as The Derby on the previous Saturday, Oaks Day on the Thursday after Cup Day and Stakes Day as the end of the festive season.

Do not think this festival is only for horses or horse lovers only! Melbourne Cup Day has been considered a public holiday for the whole of Victoria since 1873 and has officially been an annual public holiday since 1993 and is regulated in Australia’s Official Holiday Law.

Not only the best horses, professionally trained in Australia, but many other countries around the world can participate in this festival. In 2014, 31 foreign horses from Japan, France, Germany, and New Zealand were sent to the Melbourne Cup.

Because of this, the Melbourne Cup is not only a festival encapsulated within the framework of one country but is well received and enthusiastically joined by many other countries.

The trophy for the winning horse is not cheap at all! The trophy is worth up to $ 175,000, made from 18 carats of gold. The sole is made from Australian mimosa wood. Each year, the trophy will be renewed to give the owner of the winning horse. There are also two other trophies worth about $ 10,000 for the trainer and the horse rider.