16 September, 2009

Fair crack of the whip

After jockeys threatened to strike over new racings rules restricting the use of the whip, the Australian Racing board has offered a compromise.
Jockeys will be permitted to strike the horse up to seven times over the last 100 metres of the race.

There is a very simple way to figure out what is a fair use of the whip:
Get all the jockeys, stewards and board members together and keep whipping them until they say they’ve had enough.

1 comment:

  1. Fair point but horses are much bigger and stronger than humans. Striking them with the whip is like striking us with a twig. I wouldn't want to be hit with a twig either but what hurts us doesn't always hurt them. Just having shoes nailed to my feet would put me over the edge.