Whipping race horses ineffective, Australian Geographic // 7 February 2011

WHIPPING HORSES TO SPEED them up is an age-old tradition, but its effectiveness is in doubt, according to new research from the University of Sydney.

Condoned by racing bodies the world over, whippng is believed to spur acceleration in horses in the final stages of races. But a new report, authored by two veterinarians and funded by the RSPCA, shows that whipping “did not significantly affect velocity…enough to change the likelihood of being placed in the first three.”

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