RSPCA cautiously welcome BHA whip changes

RSPCA cautiously welcome BHA whip changes
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The RSPCA gives a cautious welcome to "positive changes" made by the British Horseracing Authority over the use of the whip.

The RSPCA has given a cautious welcome to the British Horseracing Authority's proposed changes to whip rules.

The new guidelines will restrict jockeys from using the whip more than seven times during a flat race, while jump riders will be limited to eight.

"At first sight it would appear the BHA has made some positive changes to which we give a cautious welcome," said a spokesperson for the RSPCA.

"We will be monitoring their implementation to see if they have made a real difference to horse welfare."

Jockeys who break the rules could lose their riding fees.

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