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As the calendar flips to July, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s (HISA) Racetrack Safety Program is largely in effect. Implementation of the shoeing rules is the only component that remains.
“The delayed enforcement date is to allow shoe manufacturers to have sufficient time to ensure adequate inventory for compliance,” Dr. Susan Stover, chair of HISA’s Racetrack Safety Committee, told American Farriers Journal. “The horseshoe rule will be enforced starting Aug. 1, 2022.”
Stover, an International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame member from the University of California, Davis, notified horseshoe manufacturers of the extension in mid-May. Manufacturers such as Victory Racing Plate Co. and Thoro’Bred Inc. are certain that they will be ready to meet market demand.
“Victory feels confident when HISA is enacted definitively that we will be prepared to supply race plates that meet the regulation,” says Mark Hickcox, sales manager at the Rosedale, Md.-based Victory. “We are 100% behind improving the welfare of the horse and Thoroughbred…