Horse race betting in Australia

Horse race betting in Australia

Horse race betting in Australia dates back in time, and it is among the top three leading thoroughbred racing countries in the world. The most important racing tournament is the Melbourne Cup, which is popular not only in Australia, but also all over the world. Another important race is the Victoria Derby, which is held in the beginning of Melbourne Cup week. Other races include Crown Oaks and Caulfield Cup.

There are two main types of horse race bets: Pari-mutuel, and Fixed odds bets. They are usually done in physical areas or online ones like casinoplacard. Pari-mutuel is the most common type of betting around the world. In this type of betting, all the money in the betting pool is taken into account and the payout odds are determined when the house’s cut is removed. In pari-mutuel betting, the final payout is not set until the betting pool is closed. However, this is not so in fixed odds betting. The payout in this case is agreed upon at the time of betting, and this does not change once the pool is closed.

There are many types of horse racing bets. The most common bet is to place a wager on the horse you think will win, or have a specific place in the race. These bets are known as a Win Only bet and a Place bet respectively. An Each Way bet is one in which you can bet on both the winning, and place in race. The Trifecta bet is one in which you bet on the horses that are speculated to be placed in the first three positions, and a Quinella bet is one in which you bet for first, and second place only.

Horse race bets can easily be placed through online racebooks. Most of the online racebooks follow the fixed odds betting system, but you can also find ones, which follow pari-mutuel betting. We are offering extensive information about these racebooks, which is a good guideline for choosing a reliable and reputed racebook. Online horse race betting is easy and convenient, but is important not to bet your money through unreliable sources.

Betting on Horses

Betting on horses

Horse racing has been a popular sport throughout history. It is an equestrian sport, which has been associated with gambling since it was originated. It is also known as the sport for kings. In the past, Arabian and Quarter horses were used for horse races, but nowadays most of the racing takes place between thoroughbred horses.

Horse racing is legal in most countries of the world, and has been sanctioned by the governments. This is because it is a major part of the economy, and it is important to regulate a sport, which generates money for the state. A major part of the importance of this sport is related to the gambling money that is used for horse race betting every year.

There are many important horse-racing tournaments in the world. Some of the major horse racing countries of the world are the US, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, and Great Britain among others. The richest horse race in the world is the Dubai World Cup, which has a prize of 6 million dollars. However, there is no pari-mutuel betting in the UAE as gambling is illegal.

In the United States, horse race bets date back to 1665. It gained immense popularity when the Triple Crown race was introduced. This is a series of three races known as the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. Most of the racing in the US is thoroughbred and other breeds such as Arabian horses are found on a limited basis. The most common thoroughbred race in this region is the flat race in which the track is oval is shape, and speed and stamina are judged.

Training Tips

Training Tips

Basics on the ground

Make it easy for your horse to choose to do the right thing, and make it difficult for him to misbehave. Make this your mindset – and always be thinking of ways to apply this as you handle your horse. YOU ARE A TRAINER if you handle a horse. For better or worse, you are training him to react to you.

If you don’t have the time to handle him correctly – leave him in the pasture. Rushing a young or new horse and pushing them beyond what they are prepared for calls for an expert – if you are an expert go ahead. An expert can read the horse and solve the problem or avoid it before it happens in many cases. If you push to square 3 and get in trouble back up to square 2 and let him complete a task for you and do it well.

The horse is bigger and stronger than you are. So don’t plan on getting into a physical battle – you’ll probably loose and if you win, you’ll hurt so bad you’ll regret the whole encounter, plus you get angry and make mistakes that may cause a bigger problem in the future. In most cases you need to figure out
what the behavior problem is, why the horse is doing it, and the easiest way to change his mind. He has the muscle – you have the brain, use your strong point. Also, ask someone who works horses often and whose horses behave well and you admire, they will have some answers for you. Occasionally you may end up in a physical struggle. If possible end it as quietly as possible. Remember it’s better to loose and take the problem on another day than to get injured.

Use common sense working around a horse. A kick can kill – never walk behind, or nearthe rear of a horse you are not familiar with. Never surprise a horse even if it is gentle and used to you- a surprise can bring a kick. Ifmyou are working on him, when you move to the rear, start with your hand on his neck and run it softly to his hind quarters speaking to him as you do. If you are not real familiar with the horse, you need to watch his eyes, ears , and body as you do this to see if he is comfortable with you. Remember a horse can kick forward towards his shoulders as well as backward. He can also swing toward you as he kicks forward, so you can be in range of a kick before you know it. When handling your horse around other horses, be aware that a horse may kick at another horse and you might be in the middle. Sometimes a horse that would never kick when ridden will do so when you are of their back.

When you stand in front of your horse, be aware that he can strike out with his front foot. Some horses do this because they are mean, some because they are anxious, some because they have been fed treats and they are begging. If your horse shows any thoughts of pawing at you, keep a short crop in hand, and as soon as he just starts to paw, crack him on his leg. In all cases, start with as little force as necessary and ratchet it up until the horse respond properly. To start with too much force is to create a whole new problem. Some horses are very soft to deal with and some are very pushy and bracey. Read your horse and let him decide what is necessary.

If you stall your horse – always make him back away and allow you entry and exit. A horse that tries to rush and push through a gait or door is a danger. Again a crop works good – or a quick kick to the chest will work. I try to never smack a horse in the face or head.

Do not feed treats as a habit – most horses become obnoxious and few people are good enough and consistent enough with their horses to hand feed treats and maintain a well behaved horse. If you must give a treat – feed it from a bucket as a rule. The rare hand fed treat to a horse is not a big deal – it’s a horse that expects and demands his treat that becomes the problem. Do not allow your horse to come up and steal food from a bucket uninvited, nor allow them to grab hay you are carrying. These are all signs of disrespect, and a horse that doesn’t respect you on the ground will not trust your leadership in the moment of trouble. He knows that he can push you around, so if something scares him, he figures you aren’t capable of dealing with it either!

If you have a problem behavior you need to correct – set aside an entire afternoon and do the job right. If your horse won’t load, or cross water, whatever, most people just say it’s a proble mand fight the battle each time they need to accomplish the task. Each fight that becomes a battle strengthens the horses resistance. Most horses will accept anything given the time and proper training. So set aside the time – go into it with a GOOD plan, and tell yourself that when you get upset, you will take a break. The average horse will usually give in and voluntarily accomplish the ask in about 45 minutes the first
time and then you need to repeat it until it becomes simple. The more aggressive and pushy you become, the more bracey the horse will become.Problems on the ground or in the saddle – think on it. Analyze when

Problems on the ground or in the saddle – think on it. Analyze when and why it happens. Try to think with a horse type mindset.

Releasing the Shoe

Releasing the Shoe

It does not matter if you have the best footwork in the league. It does not matter if you have perfect balance and the eyesight of an eagle. If you cannot release the horseshoe properly you will not be scoring any points.

During your entire swing you should have a firm grip on the horseshoe. You do not want it too loose as this can lead to letting go unexpectedly, or too much motion of the horseshoe while swinging. If you hold it too tight, you will end up jerking the horseshoe upon release. What you are looking for is a balanced, flexible, grip on the horseshoe. This will allow you to have more of a fine tuned control with your fingertips. Since your fingertips are really the only things holding onto the horseshoe they play a crucial role in the flight and rotation.

Before starting your swing you should be holding up the horseshoe and aiming at the stake on the opposite side. It is important to release the horseshoe at that same point. For example, if you are aiming with the horseshoe at a height of your nose then you do not want to release the horseshoe at your chin. The aiming point and exit point of the horseshoe should always be the same. This way your body will adjust and begin to “learn” your throw. You will also keep much more consistency with all of your throws.

When releasing the horseshoe, your rotation is dependent on your grip. As stated earlier, the fingertips control your turn or rotation. Your index finger has the most control over the horseshoe because it is in contact with it longer than your other fingers. As you release the horseshoe, make sure that the shoe is in a horizontal position. Your fingers are going to have to support the weight of the horseshoe here to keep it from hanging down towards the ground. This is something that will just take practice to get used to. During the release you want the horseshoe to have a nice smooth exit. You want to avoid any drag against your fingers as much as possible. A nice smooth release will give your horseshoe a beautiful loft and horizontal positioning in the air. This will allow you to land more horseshoes flat around the stake.

Physical Therapy and Massage

Physical Therapy and Massage

Horses are companion animals, workers and athletes. As such, they suffer from many of the same soft tissue damage afflicting humans. When disaster strikes, people call the Veterinarian. In some instances, in addition to conventional treatment, a vet may recommend therapeutic massage.

Veterinary Massage is a form of physical therapy and massage. In application to horse, it may be called Equine Massage. It is a relatively new field of massage therapy. There are now various types and schools. You can visit such sites on Equitouch, Tellington Touch, Equinergy, In Hand Equine Massage and Total Equine Massage.

There are now schools that only teach Equine Massage. There is also the Equine Sports Massage Association.

There are various approaches to Equine Massage Therapy. Many base themselves on various techniques derived from Classic or Swedish Massage Therapy. Some combine the 5-basic techniques of Swedish Massage Therapy with other New Age or modern innovations. As a result, Equine Massage Therapy is a hybrid.

The most basic type of Equine Massage Therapy is Equine Sports Massage. Sports Massage is a variation and expansion of Swedish Massage. It include the 5 techniques of Effleurage, Petrissage, Tapotement, Frictions and Vibration. The addition to Sports Massage is Stretching and Range of Motion, and 2 unique techniques. These are Rhythmic Compressions and Active Assistive Release.

Equine Sports Massage is for racehorses and other high performance equine. It is non-invasive. It uses massage as a technique and a tool to help with the overall performance and maintenance of the animal. The techniques include specific categories. You have pre-race and post-race massage. A massage practitioner also employs Equine Massage for treatment, training and maintenance practices. This is the same for Sports Massage for human athletes.

As with Human Sports Massage, Equine Sports Massage utilizes specific techniques for the different settings and times of massage. A practitioner massages the horse on a regular basis to maintain the health of the animal. At the same time, therapeutic massage acts as a diagnostic or warning system. It detects various changes in the muscles, tendons and skeletal structure. A massage can note possible problems and take preventative measures. It is the reason why many trainers arrange for a horse massage before and after a training exercise.

Massage can also act as a measure to enhance performance before the race. A massage prior to a racing event can help stimulate the horse to maximize its physical and mental performance. A massage following the event detects any possible problems, relieves tension and prevents muscle fatigue.

Treatment Massage is a way to help speed up the healing process. Combining massage with medical treatment helps to decease recovery time from injury. It relaxes the horse, eases spasm, reduces pain and increases the flow of blood and lymph circulation.

There are other forms of Equine Massage besides Equine Sport Massage. Some are holistic; others are not. Some achieve the same effects as Equine Sports Massage but focus on achieving a bonding between rider and horse. On one hand, the purpose is to help heal, relax and improve the overall well being of the animal. On the other hand, it is to increase or improve the rapport between a horse and its rider, a horse and its companion.

Some practitioners use other forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) with or on a horse. These include a form of non-touching massage. Reiki healing is a type of massage some therapists employ to help balance the energy flowing through a person’s channels. If the channels or meridians become blocked, the energy decreases. A person becomes unbalanced. This results in illness and disease. Reiki realigns and balances the energy to begin the healing process. It does so without physically touching the body.

Some people do perform Reiki on animals. Practitioners on horses need to consider any possible variables. Size does matter if you are a small therapist dealing with a large animal. Some props, such as a stool, may be necessary. Props and other forms of massage tools are easily available from supply stores. You can purchase various tools and pieces of equipment to make your job simpler. You can also ignore the extras and work with your hands. By the way, massaging a horse can take an hour.

Riding Instructions

Riding Instructions

The benefits of owning a show horse:

  • Show horses are exciting at all levels of their training.
  • Show horses compete often – an average of two venues per month.
  • There is a sense of closeness and a great energy that surrounds a show horse.
  • Entertainment. The show horse competes in the name of the owner. Watching a horse develop through the years is an adventure like no other. Imagine going to the horse show with friends and family to watch your horse compete as he works his way through the levels of show jumping.
  • To be a part of something big. The goal of every Ledyard Show Horse is to excel at the top of their sport. Each new horse stirs the dream inside of Shane of creating a legendary show horse.
  • To be a part of a team. All great show horses have a dedicated team that surrounds them that includes: owner, trainer, rider (often the trainer), farrier and veterinarian. This team is managed by the trainer and becomes a close knit unit over time.

The goal of Ledyard Show Horses:

The primary goal of Show Horses is to develop top level show horses for the Show Jumper and Hunter disciplines. This is the dream set within Shane Ledyard that leads to our secondary goal: Making horse ownership something that truly enhances the person’s life and that of those around them.


What are my responsibilities as an owner?

It is very simple. Pay the bills and support your horse. All management decisions are made by the trainer. All you need to do is enjoy your horse. You can watch him train as often as you like and attend the horse’s shows with friends and family.

What happens if the horse gets hurt, goes lame or dies?

Sometimes horses get injured. When this happens they may need a lay-up period or they may be permanently disabled. This is the toughest part of being a horse owner. An owner needs to be both mentally and financially prepared to put a horse to pasture, donate it to an appropriate organization if possible, or euthanize the animal when appropriate. We strongly recommend that each horse is insured for both major medical and mortality. While insurance may help cover some financial loss, the reality that a horse may be permanently injured or die during training/competing is something that an owner needs to be well aware of before getting involved with a horse.

What does a show horse cost?

You can buy a project horse for as little as $3500.00 and you can buy a top level made horse for as much as one million dollars.

What are the costs related to owning a show horse?

The average cost of owning a show horse is between $1500.00 and $2000.00 per month.

Is this an “investment”? Will I make money with a show horse?

No. This is not a way to make a return on money invested. While you can occasionally sell a horse that you own for profit, it is highly unlikely. Prize money is offered at some horse shows but the fees typically far outweigh the prize money.

If there is no way to make money, then why own a show horse?

For all the reasons listed above and more. A horse can give back to person like nothing else in the world. This is about sport and passion, pure and simple.

Sir Winston Churchill said:

  • The horse competes in the name of the sponsoring company resulting in the company name being announced every time the horse enters a ring at a competition. Horse show demographics clearly demonstrate a high quality market that is a perfect target audience for your company. In addition, your company will get a prime spot on the Ledyard Horse Training web site.
  • The horse wears coolers and blankets in the company’s logo while at shows and events, compete in saddle pads bearing the company name while the rider and grooms wear clothing with the company name. This is serious, repetitive exposure for your business in all the right areas.
  • PR: Media coverage can be generated, especially in the equestrian press, relating to the actual sponsorship deal as well as to any successes.
  • Corporate days can be arranged, both at major shows to see the company’s horses compete, and at the stable. Shane is happy to speak to clients at shows or to show them the horses at home.

What an icebreaker! Meet with clients in a family friendly atmosphere while your horse competes wearing your company’s logo. Bring the family along as well for a unique day out for everyone.

Horses inspire! As Pam Brown put it:

“A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves-strong, powerful, beautiful-and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.”


What is the primary goal of a sponsored Ledyard Show Horse?

The primary goal of a sponsored Ledyard Show Horse is to expose a company’s business to its target market using the powerful tool of horseflesh.

What are my costs/responsibilities as a sponsor?

Simple. Pay your tax deductible monthly sponsorship fee of $1500 and start enjoying the benefits that this gorgeous 1200 pound walking billboard will create for your business. Your horse and his expenses will be managed by Shane Ledyard.

What if I don’t want to sponsor anymore?

Sponsorship deals are on a month to month basis and you can cancel at any time. When you cancel you forfeit your buy-in fee, the horse, all of the equipment as well as any custom gear purchased horse.

Where do my sponsorship fees go?
Your company’s monthly fee is for the horse’s boarding, training, veterinary, insurance, farrier, transport, and competition expenses.

What if the horse I sponsor gets hurt or goes lame?

A portion of your buy in and monthly sponsorship fee is escrowed for just that scenario. If, after the judgment of the trainer, the horse is no longer suitable for development or competition the horse will be replaced by one capable of competing.