A horse jockey doesn’t have to be a certain height, but they do have to stay at a certain weight by following a strict diet and exercise plan. In America, the average jockey weighs between 109 and 116 pounds and is between 4 feet 10 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall. Read on to find out more about horse jockeys, what they do, and what it takes to become one as a job.
What is the most a horse can carry?
Many horses can carry a rider who weighs between 118 and 122 pounds before it gets too hard for them. Also, each racetrack or club has its own rules about how much a jockey needs to weigh.
But that 118 to 122 pounds includes the weight of the jockey’s equipment. This is why jockeys have to stick to certain weight rules.
How Often Do Jockeys Weigh in?
Most racetracks or clubs require jockeys to check their weight before each race. Weight can change by up to 4 pounds on any given day (it can be 2 pounds less or 2 pounds more), so if a jockey is over the weight limit for a race by a small amount, they are usually not disqualified. But jockeys have to stay within the required weight range to keep their contracts, so if they are over the limit, they have to fix it right away.
Why does the weight of a jockey matter?
The health of the horse is the main reason why jockey weight is important. Having to carry too much weight over and over again can make a racehorse sick and unable to run. Weight is also important because a jockey can have more control over the horse if he or she is lighter.
There is no height requirement because height doesn’t affect control or the health of the horse. However, because height is often related to weight, it’s rare to see a jockey who is much taller than 5 feet 7 or 8. However, there have been jockeys who were over 6 feet tall.
How does a jockey learn to ride?
A jockey is an athlete, just like people who play other sports. Because of this, jockeys have to train hard to stay in shape and stay at their goal weight. The upper body of a jockey needs to be strong, but the rest of the body needs to be fit as well. So, they work out their whole bodies several times a week and stay away from alcohol and anything else that could hurt their health.
What are some other things a jockey has to do?
Most horse jockeys work on their own, so they have to keep themselves in shape and stay under the weight limit. They also have to do a good job of “selling” themselves to clubs or owners who want to hire jockeys.
Often, they have to pass both a physical test and a written test. In the U.S., many jockeys go to The North American Racing Academy, which has a two-year programme for jockeys.
Those who want to be jockeys must have a high school diploma or GED in order to apply. Each state also has an apprenticeship programme for jockeys, which usually starts when the jockey is 16 years old.
What Are Some Well-Known Horse Races?
The Kentucky Derby is the most famous horse race in the United States. The Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders’ Cup are also well-known horse races in the U.S. The Travers Stakes, Arlington Million, Arkansas Derby, Santa Anita Handicap, and Haskell Invitational Stakes are some other horse races that are less well-known but still very popular.