Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
While I have never personally galloped/excercised race horse, I do know people who have. You DO have to be a certified jockey, you can't just walk in and hop on...these guys (and girls sometimes) are very experienced. Depending on the size of the track, you generally do not groom the horses you ride, although sometimes the grooms may also do other things, I forget what other jobs there are, but its a pretty low level thing. Anyway, since you're an exersize rider, your job is to also build up the horses strength and endurance, so you can be as light as 100 pounds or as heavy as 160...the logic being that if a horse can carry a 160 lb person fast and make good time, it should do even better when a 115 lb person is riding.
Generally, galloping a horse for workouts is not the same as racing gallops. You would be riding much more controlled gallops, much slower, and sometimes you may not even get to that speed, it all depends on the horse and the trainer you work for. Fast cantering would be done, generally, and of course warm up w/t and a cool down lap before the horse is taken to the hot walker.