A Thrilling New ‘Ride’ May Change The Face Of Racehorse Training

by | 07.17.2017 | 1:59pm

Roller coaster engineers have developed a new training system for racehorses and it looks like nothing that's ever been seen before.

Called the “Kurtsystem,” it's the baby of Turkish racehorse owner Mehmet Kurt and was built on his Kingwood Stud. Constructed at a cost of £20million ($26,139,500), no riders are needed; instead, the horses are loosely tied within “cabins” that are attached to an overhead monorail. The horses can work at speeds between a walk and a canter on an oval track.

The machine is designed to be used with yearlings and 2-year-olds; it is hoped that it will to improve the prep and pre-training of racehorses before they enter full training, reducing injuries and allowing the horse's team to measure physical growth.

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It is also believed that this new system will have a role in rehabilitation of injured racehorses.

A unique new concept in training racehorses, only use and time will tell if this new machine will catch on in the racing industry.

Read more at Horse & Hound.

  • Larry Ensor

    No disrespect intended but it seems some people have too much money. All horses can run, its the trainer’s and rider’s job to teach them how to race. Especially the rider. A good riders feed back to the trainer is a big part of the equation. I understand that is is for “pre-training”. Not sure what that will means in the end.

    It will be interesting to see how the horses respond.

    • DeniseSteffanus

      Absolutely right on, Larry. Horses benefit and need human socialization and handling. Use that $26-million to hire excellent horsemen and pay them a decent wage.

  • Bob Hope

    Canadian horse owner/breeder George Frostad developed and installed such a motorized system that he used successfully for many years at his Bo Teek Farm in Ontario, Canada

    • John Murray

      Good to know. I, for one, would appreciate learning more about Frostad’s earlier experience and success.

      • Bob Hope

        George Frostad’s son is a trainer at Woodbine race course.  He may have additional info regarding the training device and may be contacted through either the HBPA there or the racing office at Woodbine.

  • Al

    I remember Dr. Bramlage say that young horses need to be worked to produce strong leg bones.
    The process of growing strong leg bones in young horses, in a controlled environment, has some merit.

  • Evanraspus

    What if the horse falls? They get trampled…

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