Just like in the case of any other discipline, race horses do have specialized ear that will help them to perform better at the races in which they take part. The trick that trainers need to know would be about ensuring that this gear is as light weight as it can be. Some of the conventional and experienced thoughts on this subject maintain that the heavier the load that the horse has to carry, including the jockey, could possibly mean the difference between the defeat and the victory of the situation.
What Happens with The Saddle?
When it comes to reducing the overall weight of the saddlery, the itty-bitty version of it has been made. The conditions of the race itself are what will decide how much weight the horse will be allowed to carry. Jockeys bring along their own saddle to the race and many jockeys actually have more than one such gear usually ranging in weight from anywhere between two to four pounds.
If the jockey himself is light weight, they can start to use the large saddles. If for any reason the jockey and the gear used will not come to the weight that has been indicated for that race, there will be weighted saddle pads that will be added on so that the recommended weight is met.
What Materials Are Used in The Gear?
Usually jockeys will select gear that are called stirrups made of aluminium, titanium or even carbon fibre. The stirrup leathers are actually a lot shorter in length than the ones that will be used in a normal standard English saddle because of the fact that a horse can actually run much faster, if the jockey is capable of riding in a compact manner over those withers.
What Else Should You Know?
The role of the saddle towel is also a rather important one. They will help the people who are betting identify the number of the horse that they would like to place a bet on. In the event that it is a stakes race, it will also help them include the race name as well as the name of the horse. The colour of the saddle towel will usually correspond with the number assigned to the horse. This way, the horses can be followed more easily by the bettors who have put money on them.
In general, 1 will be given to red, 2 is white, and 3 is blue and so on. The smaller the saddle they do not use a normal English saddle girth. The girths in racing are elastic in nature and trainers will also usually add an over girth that is elastic. This will generally go over the back of the horse and across the saddle. The biggest advantage of having racing girths is that their weight is much lighter as compared to the leather girths that are used with the regular saddles. There are billets on either side and the under girth is attached to them