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hello sir, as we know that jockeys develop unique riding style, i saw one rider bobbing his head while riding. i have also observed his riding with too much of body movement not at all matching with the horse body movement. i believe that this would distract the animal at fast work. am i correct?

It is not good for the rider to make a lot of movement unless the movement is in rhythm with the the horse in helping him run. This would more likely throw the horse off balance rather than distract the horse. Imagine if you were to give a friend a ride on your back or shoulders. If the friend started moving around, you would be thrown off balance quite a bit.

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Christopher Crocker


All questions pertaining to thoroughbred horse racing from a trainer's perspective. All questions about thoroughbred training methods, equine biochemistry and physiology. General questions about strategies and economics of thoroughbred horse racing. I will also be pleased to answer general questions about training and caring for horses of all breeds.


I have been breaking, schooling and training thoroughbred race horses for over 17 years.


High school graduate 1992. Dalfort Aircraft 1994. Licensed thoroughbred horse trainer in the United States and Canada.

Awards and Honors
Track record with Chedi at Colonial Downs 2011. Multiple Stakes Placed Trainer.

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