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QUESTION: hello sir. i dont understand one thing. why do horses keep their tail straight when they are running on their own either in the race or workouts? what makes them keep their tail straight?

ANSWER: HI   I THINK IT IS FOR BALANCE ALSO. WHEN RUNNING IN A RACE FULL OUT THEY KEEP THE TAIL OUT STRAIGHT AND YOU KNOW THEY ARE TRYING THEIR BEST. THANKS ed hess

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QUESTION: sir, what do you mean by balance? does the horse keep its tail straight for balancing its body running in the race or workouts?

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hi  yes all animals have balance. a cat uses it's tail for balance and i am sure many more animals use some sort of balance. if you watch a horse gallop you will see how they hold their tail. when racing or working out they hold them in a different position.  straight tail should mean that they are trying their best to run.  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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