BLOODHORSE ILLITERATE BRITISH HORSERACING AUTHORITY REGULATORS (BHA)
BHA WARNED CHANGES NEED TO BE MADE to avoid a miscarriage of justice
The BHA recently carried out a full review of the use of the whip in British Horseracing. Read this review
Whip Use Rules
The technical rules on whip use by riders and the whips they are allowed to carry are as follows:
Schedule (B)6 - Use of Whip
The British Horseracing Authority will not tolerate abuse of the horse and consider its welfare, and the safety of the rider, to be paramount. The whip should be used for safety, correction and encouragement only and they therefore advise all riders to consider the following good ways of using the whip which are not exhaustive:
Horses will be subject to an inspection by a Veterinary Officer and he will report his findings to the Stewards; therefore trainers may be required to remove or adjust rugs or sheets.
It is further emphasised that under the Rules of Racing trainers have a responsibility for giving instructions to their riders, which should include instructions on the use of the whip, especially with horses which may weal and when employing apprentice or conditional jockeys. Owners who choose to give their riding instructions must accept a similar responsibility. Failure to give adequate instructions or giving instructions which if obeyed could or would lead to a violation of this Instruction will result in disciplinary action being taken against owners and trainers.
The British Horseracing Authority warns all riders that Stewards of Meetings have been asked to exercise fully their powers under Rules (B)12 and (B)54.3 of the Rules of Racing in all cases of misuse of the whip, which the British Horseracing Authority regards as improper riding.
Further, they warn owners, trainers and riders that severe disciplinary action will be taken against any person who is found to be in breach of this Instruction resulting in serious injury to any horse.
To read our Guide to Penalties and Procedures which sets out the Racecourse Stewards' procedures following interference, the penalties and the whip rules, please click here
Rule (D)37 and Schedule (D)2 - Whip Specifications
Only whips which have been approved by a panel nominated by the British Horseracing Authority will satisfy compliance with Rule (D)37. In approving any such whip, a panel will have regard to all the specifications set out below including the mandatory shock absorbing characteristics.
The whips have been designed, constructed and approved for either Flat or Jump races and are only to be carried in those races for which they have been approved. For Flat races, a max length of 70cms for Jump races, a max length of 68cms.
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