Weight for age in horse racing, also called weight for age, is the number of kilos of tissue that a horse of a given age has (called its “age-graded weight”). It includes the weight that is naturally found within the horse’s body: blood, muscles and skin, and other body tissues, such as ligaments, bones and organs. It also includes that weight that is acquired through exercise, particularly by running. This weight ranges from approximately 12 to 14% of average horse weight.
What about weight over the age of 18?
Most horse trainers will advise against working a horse that has more than 20% body weight over the age of 18 months. For the same reason, it’s very common for an owner to give their horses over 20% body weight in the first weeks of their career because it seems to be easier on the horse and therefore the trainer.
In fact, this practice has been shown to be harmful to your horse. A study of horses at nine different stages of development has shown that over 60% of horses that are given over 20% body weight over the age of 18 months are not getting enough exercise and suffer from low energy. This problem is exacerbated when they are treated with “exercise”, particularly if that equine exercise is too intensive. This can cause them to become ill, which will also stunt their growth.
For more information on weight for age, see our general weight for age chart.
The European Union’s top court will rule on whether the continent can still use its “nuclear option” of cutting benefits for migrant workers it deems to be economic migrants.
EU lawmakers this week approved the latest proposal to expand benefits for migrant workers.
But if the court holds that migrant workers have a right to apply for benefits, they would have more protection than in the current model, says the Financial Times.
The court ruling is likely to put pressure on EU member states to change their approach. This is despite some countries and cities, like Madrid, saying migrants shouldn’t be receiving any form of benefits despite working illegally in the European Union.
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According to the FT the latest changes would apply to “a small number of migrant workers from third countries,” which could include Bangladeshis who have worked as low-skilled workers but have been working illegally as they are considered as a “lower-skilled population.”
Under the new proposal, EU member states could
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