Horse racing is a very competitive world, the trainer is out to prove he is the best at what he does, the owner has the best horse and the rider wants to be at the top of the game. The horse wants to eat, sleep and poop his/her time away and bite every available surface of your body and if they can send you flying through the air.
Then there is the horse racing equipment, on the day of a race only the best gear will be bought out, it will be cleaned and polished within an inch of its life and the horse too. The colours need to be cleaned and presented in their best possible light, sometimes this can be very difficult as it looks like someone has thrown up on a silk shirt and then tried to make a pattern out of it.
All the other equipment that is threadbare and not at its best is left at the stables hidden away in shame in the sheds Melbourne for everyday use, race day is the day that the horses get to dress up, not that they care all they want to do is either get out and run or be as obstinate as possible and test your patience to the limit. The strapper has a very important job, they have to take the horse to the viewing yard so everyone can get a good look at the horse before it starts its race and they have to be well dressed and in control of the horse. Not two things that end up being good for each other, never let the girl with the high heels on and skimpy skirt lead the horse it is a very bad combination, not to mention if she doesn’t have a strappers licence, illegal.
When you look at a jockey on a horse it will look like it is a very precarious position and you would be right, the saddle is just barely there and if the horse is a turd it will have held its breath when you are tightening the girth and will breath out as soon as you get to the yard and the saddle will slip. The equipment available isonly as good as the rider and the trainer and should never be taken as a way to improve a horses training with guaranteed wins.
Some of our best winners have been trained on the beach and have strength and endurance, combined with speed, can run on most track conditions and are not intimidated by other horses on the field. This is why you sometimes see horse with blinkers on, they become distracted by other horses and riders and can shy away or become dangerous when around other animals. It is a complicated, money sucking business and not for the faint of heart, if you have a winner the rewards are huge but at the same time a horse that is a dud will suck your bank account dry.