Did you know that horse racing consists of both male and females horses simultaneously during competition? Not only is this true for the horses, but for the jockeys as well.

Female horses, also known as Mares, still tend to be a minority in the racing world as they’re quite outnumbered. About 70% of the horses are males while around 30% are females. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t keep up. Based on an ability rating ranging from 0-140 mares score a 64 while males score a similar 69 on the scale.

Mares do have some disadvantages depending how you look at it. They must overcome some physical and psychological obstacles compared to males. The male horses are usually bigger and/or taller than its female competitors. This allows for a bigger stride, but does not necessarily mean they have more stamina. Mares also can become unpredictable time to time from changes in their hormones. Only stallions experience similar traits from being castrated.

One of the most successful mares in the sport was Black Caviar. She was able to take 25 consecutive wins catapulting her into the spot light. She was even featured on front page of Vogue magazine. Although males seem to have the edge in this sport at the moment it’s safe to say the mares aren’t something to overlook.