Question: Why Do Jockeys Have To Be Short?

Despite their light weight, they must be able to control a horse that is moving at 40 mph (64 km/h) and weighs 1,200 lb (540 kg).

Though there is no height limit for jockeys, they are usually fairly short due to the weight limits.

Jockeys typically stand around 4 ft 10 in (147 cm) to 5 ft 6 in (168 cm).

Why do jockeys need to be small?

The point is to try to equalize the field by putting more weight on faster horses and less on slower ones. In order to be hired, jockeys have to be very light. The only way to make a person light is to make them short, slim and light-boned — that’s why jockeys are short.

Do jockeys stunt their growth?

Some, such as jockeys, instead go to extreme lengths to stunt their growth — sometimes down to the size of a pre-pubescent child. In an industry where just a few extra pounds can rule you out of a multi-million dollar race, jockeys are put under enormous pressure to meet miniature weight requirements.

Why are jockeys stirrups so short?

By, in effect, floating above his mount, the jockey saves the energy the horse would otherwise expend to shove him back up after each bounce down into the saddle. Doing this is “very hard work,” says Wilson, because the rider uses his legs in their short stirrups as springs or pistons.

Who is the tallest jockey?

Manute Bol technically became the tallest jockey ever licensed by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission when he suited up in jockey gear in a fund-raising effort at Hoosier Park in Indiana back in 2003 (Bol also experimented with hockey and boxing).