How to handicap the – physicality – of horses in part 1 gave 20 positive signs to look for and a few others shall be given here and then a few negative signs for the player to be on the lookout for. Continued from part 1 of the same title: (21) 85% of horses that win are called – racing sound horses. (22) energetic and capable of running ‘full circle’ (all the way around the track) without being totally exhausted at the end of the race. (23) look for these major qualities: cleanliness, long stride, shining silky coat, arched neck, arched tail, balanced walk, top of shoulders and top flank of butt are horizontal and balanced, high energy level but composed, very well-defined musculature, confident with will power showing, calm assertive ready to win behavior.
Also: (24) horse’s ear flick back and forth fast and pointing up and slightly outward. (25) over all poised, alert, exceptional physical shape, confident he or she will win, tail happy and wagging, calm, collected with no wasted energy. (26) it’s about the horse’s physical and mental condition today and not yesterday because a horse’s condition can change in 2-3 days. (27) check a horse’s condition before and after the race. (28) is horse still firm after race is over by a confident walk and in the slowing down gallop?
A few negative signs on how to handicap the – physicality – of horses: (1) horse’s tail held or sticking straight out: meaning the horse’s uncomfortable. (2) horse’s tail not wagging and happy but swishing about without pattern: meaning the horse’s distracted which is not a good sign. (3) too quiet, sweaty, un-symmetrical legs and build, sweat foam on coat before the race. (4) watch horses after being saddled: front legs walking wide like a triangle shape, walking wobbly, paddle like egg beater type motion when walking. (5) sickly looking coat of hair.
Also: (6) not looking in shape and ready. (7) stride: un-even choppy strides in front legs. (8) moving from a gallop to a stride unnecessarily, dropping his or head from one side to the other weakly. (9) inconsistency in walking gait, change in steps or rhythm change in gallop or walk or awkward gait. (10) both front legs moving as one instead of scissors form. (11) nodding or limping or putting more pressure on one leg than the other (eliminate from competition). (12) tail too high because horse’s isn’t comfortable. (13) everything looks good but neck isn’t arched. (14) head is up but too far over the lead pony: meaning horse’s is in good shape but don’t want to run.
Also: (15) nervous, jumpy, unruly. (16) eyes showing continuously too much white with head held too high. (17) ears pinned back. (18) hips too much higher than shoulders. (19) bobbing erratic: meaning that his or her mind is somewhere else and not on racing. (20) short choppy stride. (21) more tired and beaten looking and not putting on the muscle. (22) reins are loose while slow galloping while favoring one leg. (23) lackadaisical walking or a I don’t care type walking. (24) Flat tailed and lethargic, no energy, dull. (25) bandages on all four legs which is a bad sign. The player must learn how to read both positive and negative signs well. This is partially how to handicap the – physicality – of horses.