SchoolingProcess of familiarizing a horse with the starting gate and teaching it racing practices. A horse may also be schooled in the paddock.
ScratchTo be taken out of a race before it starts. Trainers usually scratch horses due to adverse track conditions or a horse's adverse health. A veterinarian can scratch a horse at any time.
Shadow RollA (usually sheepskin) roll that is secured over the bridge of a horse's nose to keep it from seeing shadows on the track and shying away from or jumping them.
ShankRope or strap attached to a halter or bridle by which a horse is led.
ShedrowStable area. A row of barns.
SheetsA handicapping tool assigning a numerical value to each race run by a horse to enable different horses running at different racetracks to be objectively compared.
ShortA horse in need of more work or racing to reach winning form.
ShowThird position at the finish.
Show BetWager on a horse to finish in the money; third or better.
Shut OffUnable to improve position due to being surrounded by other horses.
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