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Horse Racing/strapping - calm down


hello sir, our indian grooms told me that horses that shy frequently need strapping so that it would calm down. is it correct?

This is NOT an acceptable practice in the U.S.. This may make the horse even worse and cause mental instability especially at the hands of humans. Brushing and bumping a horse with a light towel or soft object is often practiced to desensitize a horse from touches or movement from behind, but striking the horse with any kind of force is ignorant. The whip is becoming more and more controversial and the ban on whips will make for better horse trainer and better horses. One of our greatest horses, Zenyatta was not whipped in her races. Shy horses should be turned out with other non agressive horses and the humans handling the shy horse should gain trust by grooming and spending time with the animal.

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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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