For a while after weaning, the young horses are allowed to develop in paddocks. They are often turned out with other weanlings to grow and play. Weanlings become yearlings the first January after they are born. At this point, they are officially recognized to be a year old. While they are still a long way from beginning work under a racehorse trainer, the horses will soon be more directly affected by the racing industry. Many yearlings that have future careers running on the flat will be prepared to be sold at yearling auctions. Also, near the end of the year and just before their two-year-old birthdays, yearlings will be broken to the saddle. They will learn to accept tack and even the weight of a rider, and may possibly be introduced to a training track, though they will not be asked to work.
Once the yearlings have been introduced so some of the elements of the life of a racehorse, the best prospects will be sent to a racehorse trainer to join his or her stable of horses in training for races. Horses are eligible to race on the flat at two years of age, but jumps are reserved for three-year-olds and older horses.
If you have a passion for horseracing and would like to have further involvement then racehorse trainers can provide you with the vital next step, whether it be buying a racehorse or becoming part of a racehorse syndicate.