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Benefits and risks of barefoot harness racing in Standardbred trotters

Solé Berga, Marina and Lindgren, Gabriella and Bongcam-Rudloff, Erik and Jansson, Anna (2020). Benefits and risks of barefoot harness racing in Standardbred trotters. Animal Science Journal. 91 , e13380
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There is a lack of research on the benefits and risks of shoeing conditions in harness racing. Thus, our objectives were to: (a) investigate whether velocity times (VT; s/km) are affected by racing unshod (N = 76,932 records on 5,247 horses); (b) determine the potential risks of galloping, being penalized, and disqualification when competing unshod (N = 111,755 records on 6,423 horses); and (c) identify additional environmental factors that affect VT and risks. VT was found to be significantly influenced by shoeing condition (e.g., unshod, shod front, shod hind, or fully shod), but also by sex, age, season, track, track condition, start method, start position, distance, and driver-horse performance level (p < 2e-16). The risks of galloping and disqualification were significantly influenced by shoeing condition, sex, age, season, track, start method, start position, or driver-horse performance level (p =.05). Horses racing unshod had 0.7 s/km lower VT than fully shod horses and showed better performance when racing on neutral tracks during the late summer than horses with other shoeing conditions during the same period. However, racing unshod increased the relative risks of galloping and disqualification by 15%-35% in all seasons. Horses shod only on the hind hooves showed better performance than fully shod horses, without higher risks associated with competing unshod.

Authors/Creators:Solé Berga, Marina and Lindgren, Gabriella and Bongcam-Rudloff, Erik and Jansson, Anna
Title:Benefits and risks of barefoot harness racing in Standardbred trotters
Series Name/Journal:Animal Science Journal
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:91
Article number:e13380
Number of Pages:14
Publisher:WILEY
ISSN:1344-3941
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:environmental factors, horse, performance, shoeing, velocity
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109317
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109317
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DOI10.1111/asj.13380
Web of Science (WoS)000587715600020
ID Code:19764
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Breeding and Genetics
(VH) > Dept. of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry
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Deposited On:23 Dec 2020 07:23
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 19:46

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