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Name (Horse)
Names of Thoroughbreds are registered by The Jockey Club. They can be no longer than 18 characters, including punctuation and spaces.
Name (Of a Thoroughbred)
Names of North American Thoroughbreds are registered by The Jockey Club. They can be no longer than 18 characters, including punctuation and spaces. The words "the," "and," "by," "for," "in" and "a" are almost always lower case unless they are the first word in the name. Examples "Love You by Heart," "Go for Wand" and "Strike the Gold."
Nasogastric Tube
A long tube that is capable of reaching from the nose to the stomach.
Navicular Bone
A small, flat bone within the confines of the hoof that helps-along with the short pastern bone and the coffin bone-to make up the coffin joint.
Navicular Disease
This is an ulcerated condition of a small bone called the navicular bone that lies across the rear of the hoof. It acts as a pulley for the flexor tendon. It is usually seen to affect both forelegs at the same time. The removal of the heel nerves is the usual method of treatment.
Near Side
The left side of a horse, the side on which a horse is mounted.
A unit of measurement in racing about a quarter of a length, about the length of a race animal's neck.
To remove a nerve, eliminating pain but not the infirmity that causes it. Illegal in major racing.
Operation that severs vital nerve to enable horses to race without pain. Illegal in most jurisdictions.
See neurectomy.
Brand name for a plastic mesh which is mixed into the soil of a turf course. The grass roots grow around and through the mesh, helping to prevent divoting, especially in wet weather.
A surgical procedure in which the nerve supply to the navicular area is removed. The toe and remainder of the foot have feeling. Also referred to as "posterior digital neurectomy" or "heel nerve." Also known as "nerving."
Night Eye
See chestnuts.
Night Eyes
See chestnuts.
The final race on a program.
Lowering of head. To win by a nod, a horse extends its head with its nose touching the finish line ahead of a close competitor.
Nom De Course
Name adopted by an owner or group of owners for racing purposes.
Nomination Fee
A fee paid by an owner to keep his/her horse eligible for a upcoming horse race.
A list of the names of horses that have been entered for a race.
One who owns a horse at the time it is named to compete in a stakes race.
Non Starter
A horse which has failed to come within a reasonable distance of the mobile barrier may be declared as a non-starter of the race by the starter or Stewards. All bets placed on a horse which is later declared as a non-starter, are refunded.
See anhydrosis.
Smallest advantage a horse can win by. In England called a short head.
Nose Band
A leather strap that goes over the bridge of a horse's nose to help secure the bridle. A "figure eight" nose band goes over the bridge of the nose and under the rings of the bit to help keep the horse's mouth closed. This keeps the tongue from sliding up over the bit and is used on horses that do not like having a tongue tie used.
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