Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
i board at a barn that races a couple horses a year. It is extremely expensive, and time consuming, with little chance of success. out of the last 5 horses, two had a few small successes, 1 was successful, and two did nothing except spend alot of money, and i think that was above average success.
we get them in shape 'pre-track', riding every day, starting with trotting, then trot/canter, canter/slow gallop, just building stamina(these are distance horses), and making the trainers job a little easier by sending a horse thats already in decent shape to the track. its an hour + per day(brush, tack, warm up, work out, cool out), 6 days a week. you are riding a young powerful horse at speed, you need to be confident and experienced. as well feed needs to be increased, supplements changed and a knowledgeable person needs to keep an eye out daily for potential problems and lameness.
racing is obcenely expensive and rarely pays off. unless you have $2000 + disposable income per month I would not even contemplate it.