A horse race is a type of racing event in which horses compete to win money or prizes. It can be a serious competition, as in a stakes race or a more leisurely contest, such as the Kentucky Derby or the Dubai World Cup.
A lot of people like to go to the races and watch them. Some even like to bet on them. But the truth is, they are a terrible business for the horses.
They are pushed to their limits, and many horses get hurt or die from the injuries they suffer. They are also drugged, whipped and trained to run too fast.
The animals who are the most susceptible to these abuses are young ones, and they usually don’t have a chance to recover from them. They can’t tell their trainers when they are hurt or sick, and the drugs that they are given don’t allow them to feel pain.
This leads to them getting injured more easily than older horses, and they can’t take the stress on their bones. In fact, around 24 horses die every week in U.S. racetracks, according to PETA.
You can help the animals by not going to a horse race or betting on them, either. You can also make sure to tell your friends and family about the harm that horse races cause.
A TERM TO WATCH FOR
One of the most helpful terms you can watch for during a horse race is OVERMATCHED. This means that the horse in question was either a big threat to win or had a great chance of winning, but for some reason or other, didn’t. It may be because he was overmatched by the other horses, or he just ran an uneven race.
It is a term that you should not overlook during a horse race, as it provides an important indicator of how the horses are navigating the track. Ideally, the horse in question should be moving with assurance and confidence, and listening to his or her rider.
Often, when a horse is OVERMATCHED it’s because the other horses in the race are tired or have trouble keeping up. In these cases, the horse in question should be able to close the gap between himself and the other horses, or even gain ground on them.
This term is especially useful for handicappers who are reviewing a race result and are looking for a clue as to which horse may have a chance of winning. Sometimes, a horse will win at one point of the race, then lose in the next point of call, or he may just be sitting there and not doing anything.
Another important term to watch for during a race is FOUND BEST STRIDE LATE. This is a term that should be used when the horse appears to have gotten off to a strong start and is steadily closing ground during the stretch run.
This term is a warning sign that the horse in question may be struggling and that the rider may need to keep the horse steady during the stretch run, or else the horse could get pulled out of the lead. It can also be a sign that the horse is losing ground as others in the field are closing on him or that he is just running erratically, with his head down and bucking.