The Kurt system brings horse training into the tech age
To win high-stakes horse races like the Kentucky Derby, racehorses typically begin training before the age of one. In fact, for the past 136 years, no horse has won the Kentucky Derby without beginning racing prior to the age of two. However, these early training or “pre-training” could be tricky when the horses’ musculoskeletal systems have not yet matured. This puts them at a significant risk of injury.
The Kurt system is a revolutionary new process designed to minimize the potential for training injuries. The system strengthens the musculoskeletal structure of young horses while gradually improving their athletic capacity, speed, strength, and endurance, and they can do it more than 10 horses at a time.
Horses begin pre-training in Kurtsystems when they are approximately 10 to 12 months old, and they remain in the system for about six months.
The system encourages proper running posture and helps develop a proper training method for the young horses. The system also works to increase the horses’ endurance by gradually increasing weight applied via specially designed saddles that simulate a jockey’s weight.
During these pre-training exercises, the Kurt systems team supervises the health of the horses and works to monitor their adaption to the system. From a control cabinet at the back of the Kurtsystems, they also monitor the horses’ health, movement, behavior, and oxygen levels.
Following their time in the pre-training system, the young horses are prepared for race training with stronger bones and muscles。