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hello sir, i believe that it is good to exercise racehorses on tarmac road to make their joints fit. am i correct?

I do not see this as a good idea since a horse may slip and fall on this surface. I would recommend keeping on a grass or well maintained dirt or sand surface. Speed work and racing will ultimately condition a horse's joints. There may be trainers who practice the method of jogging a horse on tarmac, but I have not heard of this in the U.S.A.

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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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