South African trainer Justin Snaith routinely takes his horses down to the beach in Cape Town. "It's the ultimate exercise for both their mind and body," he says. Courtesy of Snaith Racing
A trip to the beach helps the horses relax before a big race weekend. Courtesy of Snaith Racing
Snaith has enjoyed a highly successful career since becoming a trainer 14 years ago. The 39-year-old recently smashed the South African record for most wins in a season, training 198 winners in 2013. CNN
Snaith also set a new national record for most wins in a day, taking out an unprecedented seven successes at Fairview Racecourse in Port Elizabeth. Courtesy of Snaith Racing
"It's quite clear that when they arrive at a racetrack that they're relaxed and that they're ready to just give everything they've got," Snaith said.
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"They're hard to get past in a race, and it makes me so proud, it makes me come here earlier the next day, and really just make them feel as comfortable as they can," Snaith says.
It's all about giving the horses what they need, he says, whether it's splashing around in the waves or pottering around in paddocks with their mates.
"A happy horse is a good horse," Snaith says. Courtesy of Snaith Racing
"It takes a lot of energy to be a good race horse," Snaith says. Courtesy of Snaith Racing