Parent page: Types of Horse Races
Horse races happen all over the world and are loved by many enthusiasts. People of all ages gather to watch these thrilling, beautiful races. Most people develop a passion for horse racing at a tender age, from either viewing movies of horse races or from watching local events with family. These skills are sharpened over time through constant practice and help from professionals. Most riders who end up being renowned champions all started racing when they were very young. In many European countries such as France and Italy, as well as the US, people start learning how to ride horses, and subsequently how to race them, at very tender ages.
There are two types of horse races, namely flat racing and jump racing. Jump racing, as the name suggests, involves obstacles around the course, whereas flat races do not have any objects which block the track. The most popular type is the flat race because it involves skill and speed of both rider and horse.
Riders throughout the world must wear a helmet at all times when they are racing. This rule was put in place as a precaution to ensure the safety of the riders. It is rare for professional riders to fall off their horses during a race, but since there is no certainty as to their safety, the helmet is necessary. The riders make use of a whip to encourage the horse to run faster. Most countries are appalled by how some riders whip their horses mercilessly in an attempt to win the race. They are of the view that this inhumane. Countries such as the United Kingdom are among those who share these views, and so they have placed a limit on the number of times a rider is allowed to whip his horse.