Horse racing is one of the most famous racing sports in the world. In horse racing, jockeys ride horses. The objective of the sport is to cross the finish line. Whoever crosses the finishing line with the horse, will be the winner. It is generally a race against one another on a track.
There are two types of horse racing. They are flat horse racing and jump horse racing. Flat horse racing is conventional horse racing where the horse has to run on the track without any hurdles. In jump horse racing, there are hurdles and sometimes objects placed in between the starting line and finishing line.
Track of horse racing can be complete with mud or grass. Mostly, tracks are designed with a combination of grass, dirt, and mud. Jockey and horse have to finish the race first at once to win a race. Either of them missing will eventually result in disqualification.
Jockeys are horses that are important enough to win in a race. Jockeys motivate and guide the horses to run faster by whipping them. However, hard whipping is never encouraged and not in rules as it may cause horses pain. A horse’s breed is the most important in a race.
There are certain races of horses that run faster than regular breed horses. One must be aware of them before selecting and training a horse to race. To score a win, the horse and jockey must cross the finishing line first. It is the only way to win as it is a racing game.
However, in some games, there are points awarded for crossing hurdles, small tasks that are placed in between the starting and finishing points. There are additional awards for horses in a race which can be for the most disciplined, most attractively dressed, and many more.
Before starting a race, every horse will be in its stalls in the same position. No horse is granted any advantage to be in front of other horses. Whenever the gates are opened or the flag is ushered, they are allowed to race. If an early start is observed, there will be bad consequences further.
There is no allowance of interference of any horse in another horse’s track. If interference is done, disqualification will be the outcome. Flat horse races should follow the rule of the same position as every horse. If it is jump horse racing, the horse must cross every hurdle in between to win the race.
Jockeys must ensure a safe ride with their horse. The horse must not be kept to pain by whipping hard. The Steward’s opinion will take charge if one does so. Carrying a whip is based on the race ruling. Every race has its rule book that states whether whipping is allowed or not.
Horse racing is a traditional game that has been in practice for centuries. In some form or the other, many civilizations have their nurture. It is widely popular and known as “Sports of Kings.” You are ready to know the rules. If you are interested, start practicing and go on.