Do you bet on horse racing?
There’s a sizable portion of the equestrian market who don’t ever bet on horse racing, even if they do enjoy the sport itself. But you might be missing out on more than the excitement of shouting home your winning horse. You’re also missing the opportunity to contribute to an equine industry that has a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of all horses, from Shetlands to Shires.
This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.
That’s because so many of our scientific advancements in veterinary health come from the racing industry. Universities such as UC Davis set up labs to research orthopedics, or nutrition, or a myriad of other veterinary research opportunities that directly affect racehorses and indirectly, as research filters in commercial products, to show and pleasure horses. Racehorse-based studies inform everything from the footing in our arenas to the drug testing at our horse shows. Research labs such as the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University include racehorse-specific study programs — Rutgers’ operates the Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory — and on their website state, “The work of the Equine Science Center has a measurable and direct impact on all users of horses in the state of New Jersey, irrespective of discipline and breed.”
So let’s talk about the backbone of horse racing revenue: betting. The horse racing betting industry is worth billions in the economy, and it’s from wagering revenues that we see race purses, and it’s high race purses that can attract big financial backing for horsemen, resulting in better breeding, better training, and better horses.
Going to the races and placing a bet is easily the most exciting way to bet on horses, but if you’re like me, you can get just as much excitement from watching racing at home. (Maybe more — if you’ve done the schlep between the paddock and the rail a few too many times, you know the true meaning of exhausted feet.) In this case you can use an online betting app or website like William Hill. Horse racing betting at William Hill is just one of the opportunities the site offers, but I think we all know it’s the most interesting!
When I bet on horse racing I’m getting more than just excitement out of it — I’m getting the satisfaction of supporting horsemen who pour their lives into their horses’ wellbeing, and supporting the future veterinary advances which keep all our horses healthy and happy. If you’ve been with me online long enough, you know I’ve spent time in every aspect of the racing industry, from breeding to training centers to exercise riding and grooming horses at major racetracks. If you have questions about racing, or how things are done at the racetrack, please ask! I’m happy to answer them! You can also find a collection of writing I did at the racetrack over on Retired Racehorse Blog.