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12 Aug 17 21:52
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Is it only me that thinks there is less messing and playing up at the stalls by horses in American racing then there is in the UK/Irish racing.?

Horses seem to be more calm approaching the stalls and going down to the stalls maybe because the US stall handlers are mounted on horses too.

Stall handlers in the UK / Ireland always seem to take an age messing with stubborn horses with blindfolds or 4 lads heaving at the horses rump trying to physically push the horse in to the stall, cracking whips, pulling their tails to get them to move etc etc.

Just saw a horse break out of the stall in the US racing just now and within a furlong the mounted stall handler had caught the horse escorted it back to the stalls and the horse went straight into the stall again without any fuss. If that happened in UK/Ireland the horse would probably have run the course before being caught and then withdrawn.

It's something that could be looked at in UK and Irish racing possibly.
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Report Deltâ August 12, 2017 9:54 PM BST
because the US stall handlers are mounted on horses too.

no they aint
Report stickyvicky August 12, 2017 9:57 PM BST
Who are the guys on horses escorting them then ?
Report Deltâ August 12, 2017 10:11 PM BST
Report stickyvicky August 12, 2017 10:21 PM BST
Ok outriders then, surely these are having an obvious, positive calming effect on the race horses before the race and also going into the stalls.
Report dave1357 August 12, 2017 10:51 PM BST
The yank hosses are all on drugs
Report ptlish August 12, 2017 11:29 PM BST
I think it goes back to their wild west cowboy days, they seem to understand horses better than most, its in their DNA.
Report ima_mazed66 August 12, 2017 11:49 PM BST
The decision makers in British industries like to do things on the cheap and pay as few staff as possible.
Report GEORGE.B August 13, 2017 1:15 AM BST
Why is it horses are always quite content to stand there while some fella hammers nails into their hooves, yet a lot of them play up when it comes to going into the stalls? Claustrophobia would seem the obvious answer.

One suspects the solution to getting horses better at going into the stalls lies not with the stalls handlers (or outriders), but rather with better training techniques, imo.
Report Ramruma August 13, 2017 5:34 AM BST
American horses are trained at the track so are used to those particular stalls rather than the 2-stall unit the trainer most likely once showed them at home.

But more importantly, our stalls are less solid and more rickety, which is likely to frighten horses. Racing here is like a travelling circus with the stalls being driven from one course to the next, which means they are not built as solidly as the American ones.
Report Crawford August 13, 2017 10:52 AM BST
I may be totally wrong but I've thought for some time, just get them down to the start and and get them loaded without tw@tting about in front of the stalls then going behind and the starter dipping his oar in.  So often I see horses travelling to the start, then when the process begins they get all worked up.  Just get to the stalls, go straight behind and load, no pr1cking about.
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