You are here:

Horse Racing/horse health


hello sir, if a trainer races his horse at long distance like 1800m once and then gives a next run at short distance like 1000m, does the horse become weak and thin?

I see no reason to think this to be true based on the change in distance. I have never experienced this although if a trainer is not feeding his horses properly or managing ulcers or other health concerns, a horse may lose more weight than normal when under the stress of training and racing. A fit and healthy horse should be able to run back that shorter distance without a problem as long as he has recovered physically from his last race. A good trainer should be able tell when the horse is ready to run back or needs more time for energy and weight gain.

Horse Racing

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


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.

©2017 All rights reserved.