Risk factors associated with horse-falls in UK Class 1 Steeplechases: 1999-2011

Jane Williams, Katherine Smith, Fernando DaMata

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    Prior research has studied risk factors associated with horse-falls during racing but is now dated. This study investigated if risk factors associated with Class 1 steeplechase race horse-falls concur with those in prior research, and related these to current prophylactics strategies designed to enhance racehorse welfare. Factors associated with horse-falls and clinical injury were collected via the Racingpost website for Class 1 steeplechase races (n=647; 6454 horses) between 1999 and 2011. Data were analysed using a logistic regression model, with a Poisson fit. Speed, number of runners, distance and soft going all resulted in more falls; differences in risk between grades existed. Whilst some factors remained high risk as previously identified, some have reduced suggesting scope remains for improving preventative strategies and thus racehorse welfare.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages5
    JournalInternational Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


    • Epidemiology
    • Falls
    • Horse-falls
    • Racing
    • Steeplechase


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