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The light at the end of the race track

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2008 at 9:18 pm

It’s unfortunate and saddening that it takes a tragedy like Eight Belle’s for the horse racing community to make some reforms, but at least it’s finally happening.

For starters, Kentucky Derby winner, Big Brown, was wearing glued-on poly-flex horseshoes, making him the first horse to win the derby without shoes nailed to his feet. Though more expensive than traditional metal shoes, the glued-on shoes are better for the horse’s foot, allowing his hooves to flex. Joe Camp, best known as the author of Benji, is a big fan of the shoes and raves about them in an interview here. The shoes have been available for 10 years but are just now getting more exposure.

Alternative horseshoe awareness isn’t the only good thing to come out of the derby tragedy. After Eight Belle’s accident, the Jockey Club commissioned a committee to take a second look at horse racing practices and recommend ways to improve the health and safety of the animals. The committee will meet May 14.

Image courtesy EquiSportPhotos.com

  1. NEAT!

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