posted on May, 5 2019 @ 11:32 AM
a reply to: EternalSolace
Some horses run better on wet, muddy tracks. Some horses run better on turf instead of dirt. Problems occur when you run a horse over a track he or
she is not used to, hasn't trained over. It results in slower times and injury.
Believe it or not, the same thing happens in human athletes. Ever seen a football game where players used to playing and practicing on grass suddenly
play on artificial turf or vice versa?
I have had direct experience of it myself. In college we generally practiced and competed on rubberized surfaces for indoor track and field. However,
the first time I competed at an indoor event held by Oklahoma University, they had a wooden indoor track. The whole thing was modular like an old
style Hot Wheels track and smooth. You had to wear 1/2" or longer spikes in your shoes to attempt to get a grip and the curves on both ends were
banked at an angle like an indoor sprint cycling track as opposed to being flat like they are at most indoor track venues.
It was completely alien to most of the athletes competing there.
You wouldn't believe the number of crashes, injuries, and self-spikings I saw. I ended up spiking myself competing at the high jump at that meet.
Now that isn't to say that horse racing doesn't have its problems, but I think large parts of it lie in the way they have geared the breed itself and
some of the training practices more than in when they run the animals over wet track.
edit on 5-5-2019 by ketsuko because: (no reason