Originally Posted by manhirwen
thanks for the post tempest.
Can I ask what the 1st birthday thing is all about? Why are people happy their horses weren't born before January?
I'm not positive but I would think it has to do with showing and racing.
They consider race horses, or horses in general when the exact birthdate is not recorded to have been born the first of the year. So if you have a horse that is born in Dec. 08 then according to this rule, he's a yearling by January 09, when in actuallity, he's only a month old.
So for him to be ellidgeable to race as a 2 year old, he'd have to race in January 10 and that would make him 13 months old. Too young to race.
Please correct me if I'm explaining this wrong but please don't beat me up because it's been over 20 years since I worked at the race track and that was for pacers and trotters so I might be wrong in what I typed.