Paul McGreevy on the Role of the Whip in Horse Racing

26 July 2013

Veterinarian Professor Paul McGreevy's talk on the use of the whip in horse racing will raise the ire of trainers, jockeys, connections and some of the racing writers.

McGreevy traces the history of animal welfare in his address at the University of Sydney, particularly in relation to horses and his major concern is the use of the whip in horse racing to make "tired horses run faster".

He praises the great skill of the jockeys and the magnificence of the racing thoroughbred but it's his belief that horses can still perform brilliantly ...and win, without being whipped.

Paul McGreevy is with the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Sydney University. His books include Equitation Science - co authored with Dr Andrew Mclean - described as" one of those rare books that will change the way we train horses forever". He also wrote Carrots and Sticks: Principles of Animal Training. He was awarded a Eureka Prize in 2011 for his work on horse welfare.

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