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It will be some time before your horse makes it to the track. Before a yearling can race, it must be broken in. This process usually takes a couple of months and involves teaching the horse many skills: turning, stopping, wearing a saddle and, ultimately, having a jockey on its back.

It also learns how to follow the running-rail of a racetrack, gets accustomed to the starting gates and generally learns its trade. Once your horse is broken in, it’s usually sent for a spell before being brought back in work for racing preparation.

Of course, you may have bought an older horse that’s already in work – if so, enjoy the experience.

It is important to be patient with your horse and trust your trainer’s judgement as they always have the horses' best interests at heart. Some horses take longer to get to the track than others but like athletes, horses develop and mature at different times in their lives.