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 that's 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.