In the United States, as in many other places, horse racing is a highly regulated, highly regulated business. In fact, the American Humane Association (AHA) has put together a number of guidelines to discourage the use of drugs, even those developed for a specific medical condition. When a horse is injured they must be examined and monitored. If it takes four hours for a horse to recover his strength, it is still not safe to leave him lying on the track. The horse must also be checked regularly to make sure the damage to his muscles and ligaments is not permanent. If the horse is injured and the medical staff finds that it can be fixed at no cost, it is okay to keep the animal on the track.
Is there any way a veterinarian can evaluate a horse racing injury?
Yes, if you can provide a signed statement from a qualified veterinarian that an injury cannot be repaired at home without costly surgery or medication.
Can the horse I race be rehomed?
Yes. If it proves that you are unable to care for and keep a qualified equine veterinarian as part of your racing team you may contract a company for the cost of rehoming. While horse racing is a sport, it is important for you to know that you are responsible for your animals and if you get into legal trouble for a violation of any of these statements it may affect the amount of money you will be able to make with your business. Horses have a lifespan. If the veterinarian gives the wrong estimate of how far they will need to travel within a year before they need to be taken care of at home, many horses will never be released from their racing season. The AHA has developed a standard for the care of horses and how it should be handled.
If they are injured in a race, could an owner of an injured horse be charged with a violation of the equine welfare guidelines?
It depends on where and when a injury occurred and how serious the injury. The maximum fine for a first offense is $100 plus court costs and fines. You also need to prove that the injury was not caused by negligence. There are a few exceptions to this.
If there is evidence of a medical condition (such as broken leg, broken jaw, broken neck) causing the horse to be disabled or injured, then a trainer or animal control personnel will not be prosecuted for not properly preparing the horse for the race and making sure he has all the vaccinations which are required. In this situation,