It’s true that we all enjoy betting on horse races, and want to gain money at the same time. But wouldn’t it be better if we dive deeper? After all, it’s not only about money. It’s also about passion. From what did horse racing stem from? How were the races done? How did they differ from the current races? Let’s find out the answers!
Horses are domesticated in order to encourage horse raising. It has been done for centuries. It dates back to Olympics at the Hellenic Republic. Since then, it has improved and become wide around the world. Early on, horses used to race, even though they were attached to carriages. Later, Romans learned about horse racing from Greek people. Races were held in circuses, and the jockeys were chosen among slaves. Jockeys, who were riding without any type of equipment, would try to show their skills, such as jumping from horse to another horse during the races. Roman jockeys would wear clothes made of shiny and colorful fabric, so that they could be seen from far away, similar to our current time. Also, they would be referees at the races.
As time went by, royal Romans also got interested in horse racing and started to ride horses. The winner would get a big amount of money, statues of the horses would be modeled into, and there would be tombs of the horses which were dead. We can say that because a stone on which almost 120 horse names were written was found. A rope would be pulled so that the horses could be in alignment before the race. Also, there would be people who were appointed to make sure that the races were done fairly. People would also bet over multiple events.
In the reign of Emperor Neron, horses would race without jockeys. They would hang pieces of woods with nails around the horse. These nails would hurt the horses, and make them race faster. Horse racing found favor also among the Arab people. They also gave big importance to the fairness of the races. They have been quite good at horse raising, managing, and riding.
Races used to be organized in livestock bazaars. Later on, horse races were reformed by King James I. Races that took place for 400 years have a great effect on pure-blood British horses to become productive. Pure-blood British horses are the most suitable ones for races because of their speed, and the way they are ridden. They came to exist when the horses brought from East were mated with 36 breeding Arab, Turk, and North African horses.
Today, all of the horses are required to have a pedigree, showing their ancestors. These pedigrees are identified by organizations such as Jockey Club.