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February 3, 2017
The sport of endurance has suffered irreparable harm in recent years over catastrophic leg injuries to horses.
The images we have seen out of the Middle East over the years have been harrowing.
Followers of the sport don’t need me to tell them that the United Arab Emirates has been a hot-spot for such catastrophic failures, no doubt due to the fast desert courses and the speeds that result. The big prizes on offer and the use of jockey-style riders are hardly conducive to horse welfare, either.
I have advocated before for the grading of endurance courses, in which races on tracks that are assessed as “fast” are run under more stringent parameters. However, even that would be only part of the solution.
These leg fractures may be catastrophic, but research suggests there is a common background that sets horses on a path to these leg breaks...
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