Horse trainer banned for 4 years

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Horse trainer Howard Johnson who won at the Cheltenham Festival several times has been disqualified which means he will be unable to work with racehorses or have any involvement in racing for this period. According to the British Horseracing Authority he breached some of the rules of horse welfare when he administered steroids into three horses whilst they were in his care. Palmar neurectomy is a procedure carried out on horses that severs the nervous connection to the lower leg and causes numbness after sodium hyaluronate has been administered into the joints. This is normally a procedure that is used as a last resort before surgery and as such it is banned on horse welfare grounds when used on racing horses.

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