Demystifying common questions about horse racing using science, data, research and expert experience.

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By using current scientific research and expert vet advice to give accurate answers to frequently asked questions and worries, we aim to enhance people’s comprehension of horse racing while fostering discussions about how to make welfare practices better.

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Over the last three decades a number of scientific studies have assessed correlations between racetrack injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses in North America and the specific surfaces they were running on.
While it's undeniable that some financially successful owners profit handsomely, the general landscape of horse racing suggests a different narrative. For the vast majority, racehorse ownership is not a path to riches. Instead, it's a costly endeavor fueled by passion, the pursuit of excellence and a deep love of the horse.
Yes, medications are used in horse racing, however there is a major difference between therapeutic medication, akin to treatments in human sports - used under strict veterinary guidance to aid in the recovery of sickness, pain, or inflammation - and illegal drugs.
In a challenge to the notion that juvenile racing is harmful, groundbreaking research shows that horses who begin training at two years old can, in fact, be stronger and more durable in the long term. This article explains how horse growth in relation to human development reveals significant differences, particularly in how quickly foals become active and mature compared to human infants and adolescents.
The use of furosemide in racehorses embodies a complex interplay between enhancing performance and addressing legitimate veterinary concerns. While it offers clear benefits in managing conditions such as exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, the potential for it to confer a competitive edge complicates its role in the sport.
This article examines the most common musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses, how they are diagnosed and managed, as well as what is being done to lower their incidence and how scientific research progress has helped.

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