The consultation on British racing’s whip rules and penalties, which was part of the recommendations made in the Horse Welfare Board’s landmark five-year strategy, has been temporarily postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The British Horse Association has made the request as the consultation would have required large input from senior officials who are now working hard to deliver an operation plan for racing to deal with the current crisis.
The HWB’s independent chair Barry Johnson said the body had given its backing to the BHA’s request.
Johnson said: “The Horse Welfare Board fully supported the BHA’s request to postpone the planned consultation on the whip and will work with the BHA, at an appropriate time, to agree a new timetable.
“We are keen to ensure that any consultation on the whip is done thoroughly and well, with maximum involvement from people in the sport, which would be enormously challenging in the current circumstances.
“This postponement will allow British racing to focus on more immediate concerns relating to the welfare of people and horses. The Horse Welfare Board will support these efforts in any possible way and applauds the exceptional work that thousands of people in the industry are continuing to do on a daily basis, in caring for future, current and retired racehorses.”