Strictly Classified

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Delve into a horse trainer's mind, seeing how they work with and try to best understand their horses

Strictly Classified offers readers a unique insight into the workings of a trainer’s mind, notably in relation to their understanding of a racehorse’s psyche, emotions, and character. Calling from his training in psychotherapy and other disciplines, Marten Julian sheds light on how trainers and horsemen try to unravel the innermost workings of a horse’s mind. He has asked many of the world’s top trainers how they identify and relate to a horse’s individual personality, and thereby encourage it to realize its full potential. Reference is made to how they address the potential effect of a racehorse’s formative years, their integration into a yard, their emotional range of experiences, their spirit, their will to win, and their end days. This is a book specifically about trainers and the way they deal with a horse’s character and psychological profile, and is illustrated with examples of well-known horses they have trained.


Marten Julian has been professionally involved in the racing industry for over 40 years, working as a racing journalist with the Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph, and now as a freelance author.