Established by federal law in 2020, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority was entrusted with creating uniform rules affecting various areas of Thoroughbred racing in the United States. However, the establishment and enforcement of shoeing regulations have left many in the farrier industry frustrated.
Thoroughbred Racehorse Fatality Rate Increases Slightly
The rate of fatal injury of Thoroughbred racehorses increased slightly in 2017, according to an analysis of Equine Injury Database (EID) statistics.
Sometimes farriers work as a two-person team in order to shorten the duration. One works the floor (horse); this is normally the farrier in charge of the shop. The other works the fire (shoe making). Both people do their part with the idea of doing as much work simultaneously as possible. (By the way, please don't ask the farrier's assistant to hold the horse as he is there to help with other task.)
Although anecdotal information had suggested the link years earlier, this California study was the first to identify a link between toe grabs and risk of fatal musculoskeletal injury (FMI) in Thoroughbred racehorses.
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