Care for racehorses varies considerably from the care and training of riding horses or workhorses. Racehorses need to derive power from their muscles. They need endurance. They require special health checkups, diet plans and training programs to get ready for any significant events.
Usually, care and preparation of Breeders Cup classic winners involve a large number of people. This group includes physical therapists, veterinarians, dieticians, and groomers. They commit to the wellbeing of the horse before and after a race or an event to ensure the best performances.
Preparation for the big race
A horse trainer usually takes primary care in training a horse before a race. Therapists often help a trainer to give the horse ice and heat therapy. Just like athletes, who can suffer from the soreness of muscles and fatigue, horses too can experience fatigue after extensive practice runs. Expert therapists usually treat their sore legs to ice baths to soothe their aches and reduce their inflammations.
Horses often need infrared blankets that promote blood flow to the joints. It decreases the pain and removes knots in the muscles. Dieticians include a daily dose of protein and lots of carbohydrates in the horse’s diet. Racehorses have special diets that need keen supervision and moderation. A change in diet can increase or decrease their performances drastically. As a result, almost all equestrian dieticians have experience and proper training.
Care once the race is over
It may sound unbelievable, but the work does not end with a winning race. The horse needs rest, recuperation time and special care after every significant race of his or her life. First, the groomer checks the horse’s body and hooves to ensure that everything is all right. Their health is of paramount importance since a festering minor injury can end a horse’s racing life. Then the horse goes to “cool out” before returning to their stall. That is where the trainer ensures that the horse’s heart rate is normal. It is imperative since eating hay without “cooling out” can cause Founder in horses. The founder can lead to the separation of the hooves from their legs, and it can be quite lethal.
After they are back in their stall with a normal palpitation, the groomers apply a poultice to their legs and their hooves. It cools their joints and reduces the inflammation from the race. The preparation for any next race or event begins only after the horse has had at least a couple of days to recover from the exhaustion. The resting time also gives a chance to the trainer and the groomer to check the horse for further delayed injuries that may affect the performance of the next race.
A lot of work, effort, and resources go after an excellent racehorse. Thoroughbreds, American Quarter and Arabian horses are breathtaking and mighty, but taking care of them involves a battalion of experienced trainers, groomers, and doctors. They preserve the best health of the animal to ensure the best performance during races.