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Risk factors associated with horse-falls in UK Class 1 Steeplechases: 1999-2011

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Prior research has studied risk factors associated with horse-falls during racing but is now dated. This study investigated if risk factors associated with Class 1 steeplechase race horse-falls concur with those in prior research, and related these to current prophylactics strategies designed to enhance racehorse welfare. Factors associated with horse-falls and clinical injury were collected via the Racingpost website for Class 1 steeplechase races (n=647; 6454 horses) between 1999 and 2011. Data were analysed using a logistic regression model, with a Poisson fit. Speed, number of runners, distance and soft going all resulted in more falls; differences in risk between grades existed. Whilst some factors remained high risk as previously identified, some have reduced suggesting scope remains for improving preventative strategies and thus racehorse welfare.
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Keywords: EPIDEMIOLOGY; FALLS; HORSE-FALLS; RACING; STEEPLECHASE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2014-04-01

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