Thoroughbreds sustain quite a bit of noise stimulation on the racetrack. They have to deal with starting gates, loud music, shouting crowds, camera flashes, and maneuvering around other racehorse and jockey duos, just to name a few distractive scenarios.
That being said, any horse, Thoroughbred or otherwise, often receives desensitization training. Desensitization is the act of slowly introducing a horse to foreign objects or noises they may be scared of in order to help them understand why they do not have to be afraid. This process, completed in multiple stages, looks different for all horses, usually dependent on their specific job title.
Thank you Freedom Rider Tack Shop for providing the colorful toys for a recent desensitization session!