World Horse Welfare disappointed with whip adjustments
Equine insurance customers might be interested to learn that charity World Horse Welfare has expressed its disappointment over the new whip rules being "watered down" by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).
Late on Friday (October 21st) the BHA announced it had made changes to the new guidelines which has increased the amount of times jockeys are allowed to use the instrument.
Chief executive of the foundation Roly Owers said the charity had hoped the BHA would remain strong in its initial stance, so that the attitude of jockeys and trainers towards the use of the whip would change.
"If rules do not change attitudes of all involved in racing, we see no choice but to call for a move to hands and heels racing, with the whip used only for safety," he added in a statement on their website.
Earlier this week top Irish jockey Ruby Walsh said the BHA needed to take more of a common sense approach to the new guidelines if it is to avoid losing riders from this country.