Flat races – What happens if a horse becomes difficult to load into the stalls?

15 Apr 19

Sometimes horses refuse to enter the stalls and will be withdrawn from the race. Horses can also be withdrawn from the race if they become fractious or unruly in the stalls. The Starter will always have horses’ welfare in mind. If a horse has been upset by an unruly horse in a nearby stall, the animal will be checked over by a vet.

If a horse has been unruly in the stalls it may have an injury that is not readily apparent and the Starter will officially withdraw the horse and an announcement will be made over the PA system.