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QUESTION: hello sir, our horses are exercised on sand and raced on grass. may i know why sand is used for training horses? is sand comfortable for horses?

ANSWER: HI   I THINK THAT THE SAND IS GOOD FOR THEIR FEET AND EASY ON THEM WHILE TRAINING. SAND ALSO GIVES AWAY A LITTLE WHEN GALLOPING , THUS IT HELPS THEM KEEP THEM  FIT BETWEN RACES. THANKS ED HESS

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QUESTION: so sir, you say that sand is easier for horses to be exercised on. but our trainers keep telling that sand is hard for horses. are they correct?

ANSWER: HI I HAVE WON MANY A RAce by training in sand. sand is easy on the legs etc. i roped a horse for 1/2 hr a day for 30 days in a 60 foot sand ring and ran him and he won the race. the horse was fit and running before i let him train in the sand ring, so i can say that the snd training was very good for the horse. the only way you can prove it to the other trainers is to rope a horse for a period of time, then race him. the proof is in the pudding. thanks ed hess

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QUESTION: sir, may i know what do you mean by "roping a horse"? did you mean lunging or cantering in the sand ring?

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HI I MEANT LUNGING ON A LONG LINE BOTH DIRECTIONS OF THE RING FOR ABOUT 30 MINS A DAY. THIS WILL KEEP YOUR HORSE FIT AND READY TO RUN BETWEEN RACES. IF YOU DO NOT RUN FOR A MONTH OR SO, THEN I WOULD WORK THE HORSE BEFORE YOU RACE AGAIN . THANKS ED HESS  

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Have trained thoroughbreds for 30 odd years. Have been a licensed trainer for that long of time. I continue to train my race horses and thoroughly enjoy every day.

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Experience: Licensed trainer for over 30 yrs. Have had lots of winners in all different types of races - from bottom claimers to top quality stakes winners. My best money winner was Aristocratic Cross (multiple stakes winner). My best claiming horse was Navajo Family, winner of 12 races in one year. I still enjoy racing a modest stable of horses each year.

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