Behind the Scenes: The Racehorse

Picture Books | December 6, 2007

byNikki Tate

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Where did thoroughbreds come from?

Why do they call it a steeplechase?

What's the difference between trotting and pacing?

Did you know that winning jockeys are weighed before and after a race?

Experienced horsewoman Nikki Tate takes the reader behind the scenes to examine the world of the racetrack.

Sections include:

  • The history of horse racing from chariots to chuckwagons;
  • An examination of the racing breeds from thoroughbreds to quarter horses;
  • The role of the trainers, grooms, farriers, track vets, pony riders, outriders, and paddock judges;
  • Care of a horse at the racetrack;
  • Horse equipment;
  • The jockey's training;
  • What goes on in the racing office;
  • How to read the program;
  • How the starting gates work;
  • Drug use and cheating; and
  • A horse's life after the racetrack.

    An examination of horse racing from a history of the breeds developed for the sport, through training and caring for horses at the track, to the day of the race and beyond.

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Where did thoroughbreds come from? Why do they call it a steeplechase? What's the difference between trotting and pacing? Did you know that winning jockeys are weighed before and after a race?Experienced horsewoman Nikki Tate takes the reader behind the scenes to examine the world of the racetrack. Sections include:The history of horse...

Nikki Tate is the award-winning author of many novels for young people. Her work includes the fantasy series Estorian Chronicles, the popular StableMates horse novels, and the historical novel, Jo's Triumph (set in Pony Express territory in the early 1860s). Born in Birmingham, England, Nikki lives in the countryside of Vancouver Islan...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:88 pages, 9.5 × 7.25 × 0.3 inPublished:December 6, 2007Publisher:Fitzhenry & WhitesideLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554550327

ISBN - 13:9781554550326

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Table of Contents


Contents



My Horse Is Faster Than Your Horse: A Brief History of Horse Racing

Where Do Thoroughbreds Come From?: All About Breeding

Training the Young Racehorse

Care and Training of Horses at the Track

People Who Work with Fast Horses

The Wild, Wild World of Jockeys

What Goes on in the Racing Office?

Track Maintenance Crew

Special Equipment

Race Day Nuts and Bolts

Life After Racing

The Dark Side of Racing

Learn More About Horse Racing.

Index

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