A fit Kodiac filly
Most racehorses need to be fit in order to win. Fitness, though, is easier and quicker to achieve
in some horses than in others, Trainers will point out, with justification, that it isn’t always
possible, particularly at the start of a new season, to have their horses in peak condition. Some
horses don’t try very hard on the home gallops; others are big, stuffy types and need a lot of work
to get them fit.
Trainers, however, do vary in their approach to achieving fitness in their horses. Some are adept
at having a horse fit and ready to race even after a long absence through injury. Others prefer to
leave something to work on, and their horses benefit from their first run of the season.
A racehorse’s coat is a strong indicator of its health and fitness. A shiny coat is a sure sign
of a healthy horse. Ill health can adversely affect the functioning of the oil glands that lubricate
the coat, rendering it dull and lifeless.