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Reviewed by April Gilly for Readers' Favorite
Race Horse Training: Compared by Marion N. Seidel tells of her experiences with horse racing in Europe, or more specifically Germany, and of the experiences she had working at a track in Florida. Marion tells of how she didn't speak English, but had always dreamed of moving to the USA. One day she was able to accomplish her dream, thanks to the thoroughbred horse racing she discovered in Florida. She soon discovered she was in for a shock as things weren't done in America as they were in Germany. Although she asked questions and tried to find out WHY things were done the way they were, she never got a full answer. Unfortunately, because of the inability to get answers to her questions and treatment of the horses that she didn't agree with, Marion decided to leave the racing world.
Race Horse Training: Compared by Marion N. Seidel does a good job of showing the differences between the thoroughbred horse racing worlds of America and Europe. The book doesn't paint a very pleasant picture of the American horse racing world and, while it is stated that all Marion N. Seidel is trying to do is document the differences between the two from her own experiences, near the end it seems more like preaching on the "evils" of the American thoroughbred horse racing world. Despite that, Racing Horse Training: Compared is very informative and gives a different view into both countries' racing industries that I don't think you'd be able to get from the media, standing on the track, or even behind the scenes where the horses are prepped for the races.