Use of whips in racing and other equestrian events
Policy type: Policy
Date ratified: November 2016
Excessive or inappropriate use of a whip on any horse, either in competition or training, is not condoned.
The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) recognises the need, in certain circumstances, for a rider or driver to use a whip to control or guide a horse.
The NZVA recognises that the whip is used to make horses perform more competitively, however it is also aware of ongoing research questioning whether whip use will result in improving a horse’s performance (Evans and McGreevy 2011).
The NZVA supports racing authorities and other equestrian bodies in their efforts to eliminate excessive or incorrect use of the whip.
Evans D, McGreevy P (2011) An Investigation of Racing Performance and Whip Use by Jockeys in Thoroughbred Races. PLoS ONE 6(1): e15622. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015622.