Saturday, December 09, 2006

Owning a horse is serious business, Don't gamble him away.

Trainers and owners can experience failure resulting from greed like the gambler placing his bets at the window. The owner must approach the racing from a business perspective. The gambler that turns into an owner has a hard time making the transition and will surely lose if he does not realize that a change in strategy must be made. Trainers must know what they have in the barn and what each animal is capable of. If a trainer continues to stretch the horse beyond it's capabilities, then the horse may sour and actually will learn to lose. A horse that continues to pass the wire behind horses without consequence will most likely learn that this is what he is supposed to do. Remember, he does not know what winning is. He does not know the benefits of winning like we do. He knows he will get the same feed and a few days off like after every race before. A horse needs to learn, early in his career, the feeling of victory. He may sense that the attitude around him is different after a win. You will notice sometimes that a stakes horse may have been running in claiming races early on. He may have needed those softer races to learn. Some champions just know to run and enjoy passing his rivals. A good trainer will ensure that the horse is ready for the first race and has been trained to pass or not to be passed. Don't break a horses heart by letting him get passed or trail the field over and over. Give him a shot at victory. It does not matter how much training or experience I put in, I will never beat Carl Lewis in a foot race. So don't expect your race horse to beat Secretariat. The saying, "Champions are born, not made", is not entirely true because you can ruin a naturally born champion. He must be trained as well. Sure, he was born to run, but he has to break out of the gate with a rider and make left turns. He wasn't born knowing that yet. Anyway, it's the trainers job to win races at a competitive level, not to gamble on the horse having the best day of his life while all the others are having the worst. Realize your horse's worth and not what you want him to be worth or you will fail most every time.

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