What are the harness racing carriage called?

Harness racing is a form of horse racing in which the horses race at a specific gait (a trot or a pace). They usually pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky, or spider, occupied by a driver.

Do they use whips in harness racing?

The harness racing industry has permitted the use of whips in training and racing on the basis that they encourage horses to perform their best, to improve race times and for drivers to safely control their horse.

Is harness racing the same as trotting?

Another distinguishing factor between these two types of racing is that Thoroughbreds only use one four beat gait (the gallop) when racing, whereas harness races either allow trotting or pacing. Trotting is a two beat diagonal gait where the legs move together in diagonal pairs.

Is harness racing rigged?

Harness racing lends itself to race fixing more than thoroughbred racing. It’s not at all unheard of for a galloper to get stuck in traffic and not be able to find a clear run but it is much less common than it is in harness racing because of the width of the carts.

Is harness racing hard on horses?

Harness horses race on much harder tracks than Thoroughbreds, and while these tracks may have some benefits, a new study shows they also increase risk of injury. Researchers used diagnostic imaging on twelve 3-year-old Standardbred racehorses to look for damage to ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones.

Does whipping hurt race horses?

There is no evidence to suggest that whipping does not hurt. Whips can cause bruising and inflammation, however, horses do have resilient skin. That is not to say that their skin is insensitive. Indeed, a horse can easily feel a fly landing on its skin.

How many times can a jockey use the whip?

The permitted number of uses of the whip with hands off the reins is 7 times for Flat races and 8 times for Jumps race. Stewards will consider whether to hold an enquiry if a rider has used his whip 8 times or more in a Flat race or 9 times or more in a Jump race or misused the whip in some other way.

Why do horses trot in harness racing?

Races are run at a fast trot and horses are required to “maintain a proper gait.” Standardbreds can run in two ways: By trotting (in which the left front leg and right back leg move and then the other two opposite legs) or pacing, in which the right legs move and the left ones follow.

Why do harness horses gallop?

Galloping: A horse that is galloping, is said to break gait, or break stride. It occurs more often with trotters than pacers and drivers must grab hold and lose ground while a horse is galloping. Their goal is to get the horse back into their gait.