This was despite the fact that chariot racing was often dangerous to both driver and horse as they frequently suffered serious injury and even death.
In the Roman Empire, chariot and mounted horse racing were major industries, and from the mid-fifteenth century until 1882, spring carnival in Rome closed with a horse race.
The course usually consists of 8-12 elements, with a set number of 12′ strides between them.
The horse is judged by its smooth pace through the course, jumping ability and movement. Movement and conformation relate back to the hunting field where endurance and agility were a requirement.
Horse racing is an equestrian performance sport, typically involving two or more horses ridden by jockeys or driven over a set distance for competition.
It is one of the most ancient of all sports and its basic premise – to identify which of two or more horses is the fastest over a set course or distance – has remained unchanged since the earliest times. Often, countries have developed their own particular horse racing traditions.
Horses in the subspecies caballus are domesticated, although some domesticated populations live in the wild as feral horses.
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