Re­search into horses’ sight raises safety con­cerns

Your Horse (UK) - - Horse Talk -

Fences and hur­dles in Bri­tish horse rac­ing could soon change colour af­ter it was re­vealed that horses see the ob­sta­cles dif­fer­ently to us, po­ten­tially lead­ing to on-course ac­ci­dents. Re­search car­ried out at the Univer­sity of Ex­eter has shown horses see the orange used to frame jumps as a shade of green, which doesn’t stand out. The re­search, funded by the Bri­tish Horserac­ing Au­thor­ity (BHA) and Rac­ing Foun­da­tion, showed horses clearly ad­justed their stride when orange wasn’t used, with white in par­tic­u­lar pro­duc­ing a longer to­tal jump. For­mer jockey Ian Popham, who was in­volved in the re­search, says: “It was clear the horses re­acted dif­fer­ently and showed the fence more re­spect with cer­tain colours. It’s ex­cit­ing as this is a great op­por­tu­nity to make the sport safer for horses and jock­eys.” Rac­ing au­thor­i­ties have now agreed to try flu­o­res­cent yel­low and white mark­ers, while tri­als us­ing flu­o­res­cent yel­low for hur­dles and guard rails and white for take-off boards, will start soon. The re­sults of th­ese tri­als will be as­sessed thor­oughly be­fore any changes are made to cour­ses.

...what a horse sees

What a hu­man sees...

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.