Recognizing a racehorse is not easy for everyone. Only connoisseurs are able to do it without making mistakes. However, if you observe its morphology and behavior well, you can differentiate it from others. Explanations.
Size and body mass
Its weight sets the racehorse apart from other horses. It generally weighs around 500 kg. The draft horse is very imposing. As an adult, its weight varies between 500 kg and 1000 kg. This difference results from their use (for butchery or various jobs).
An adult horse in good health, except in special cases, must keep a more or less stable weight, which corresponds to its fitness weight, without being overweight or lacking in energy.
Estimating the weight of the foal makes it possible to follow its growth curve and adjust the ration.
A precise knowledge of his weight is necessary for the dosage of certain medicines (deworming…).
The weight of the adult horse is taken into account for the calculation of its feed ration.
The difference between the racehorse and other horses also lies in the shape of its body, which is elongated. Both the trotter and the galloper have a slender gait. Compared to other types of animals of his breed, he can appear slender.
The draught horse is an animal with a stocky body and shoulders that fall vertically. Its back is short and its rump has an exceptionally large musculature, which allows it to accomplish its daily tasks. The silhouette of the sport horse can vary from one breed to another. The show jumping horse is distinguished by the width of its back and the dryness of its tendons.
Behaviour is another point that makes a racehorse different from other horses. The thoroughbred is a warm-blooded horse. It is agile and fast, hence its performance during horse races. His boldness and intelligence are other characteristics that make his reputation. However, he is rather stubborn, which often complicates his training. Compared to him, the draft horse is docile. Sport horses, especially jumping horses, are also easy to tame. His willpower is one of his best assets.
The Anglo-Arab, another type of racehorse, has the same qualities as other horses, i.e. he is willing and reactive. However, he is nervous by nature, a behaviour that race enthusiasts are wary of. Like all other horses of his type, he has great strength of character. However, he is fragile and requires special care.