How does weight work in horse racing?

The average horse of a particular breed weighs between 75 and 100 kilograms with a maximum weight of 120 kilograms.

Does it matter what a horse weighs?

Weight does not play a role in determining a race’s finishing line. For example, a 10-year-old horse can win a race if she is the fastest horse in the race. An all-time winning horse should weigh between 75 and 100 kilograms.

Is there a weight limit to a race?

No. Horse racing is conducted using horse breeds such as Equine Association of Great Britain, Equine International, World Racing Federation, International Horse Protection Federation, New Zealand Rodeo Association, South Africa Rodeo Association, UK Rowing Federation, and many more. The weight limit for each breed is set on a race management basis – each year, racing organisations make their own determination based on factors such as the age and ability of the breed, as well as a weighing of the individual horse at any particular racecourse.

Do I need to have a race-management plan?

No, the racing industry has a proven track record of working with the horse owners to agree on a weight limit. In many cases, the rider has to weigh the horse at the end of a race as the rules stipulate but the horse’s weight record should be on record at the end of their race. The rider is expected to track the race and weigh the horses again after the finish line.

How many horses do I need to have the right size for Racing?

The following rules apply:

The minimum number of horses for each age and gender category at each track is specified in racing rules and regulations,

No matter how many horses are involved in the race, only one male or female is permitted per race at each race, and

The track may allow a higher number of horses per category if necessary.

Can I race a horse with a broken leg?

The rules governing the use of horses with broken legs limit the maximum number of horses that can be used.

Can I race my own horse if I have any history with one?

If you are the registered trainer of an equine (owner or carer) with any history with any horse at any point, you cannot race your own horse. If you are the registered trainer of a horse whose current owner had never previously been registered with the Equine Sports Council (ESC), you have to notify the ESC before you participate