Saturday, October 27, 2012

The life of a jockey

The picture that most have when it comes to ideal sportsmen is that of men with strong and toned bodies. But that is not the case when it comes to jockeys. These men go to great lengths to stunt their own body growths-some to extremities of a pre-pubescent kid. The industry shuns gaining weight and putting on even a few pounds can make you be exempted from a multi-million dollar horse race. Jockeys are constantly put under pressure to maintain a miniature weight.

The minimum weight for riding in the U.S. is 53KGS. Professional jockeys go to extreme lengths to maintain this weight. The race tracks even have basins installed for the jockeys to vomit in, in a desperate bid to shed off the extra pounds.

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