Friday facts – The lifespan of a horse

The average racehorse lives for around 30 years, that’s why Let’s Get Racing members raise money for rehoming and retraining organisations, we want all race horses to live a long and happy life

The weight of a racehorse
On average, a horse weighs around 1,000 lbs (453 kgs) which puts a jockey’s job into perspective – they are brilliant athletes!

A huge heart
The average weight of a horse’s heart is around 9lbs (4kg), but when the famous Secretariat was put down, it was discovered that his heart was a staggering 22 lbs (10kg) making it 2.5 times larger than the average