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dc.contributor.authorFlash, ML
dc.contributor.authorRenwick, M
dc.contributor.authorGilkerson, JR
dc.contributor.authorStevenson, MA
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-17T04:18:51Z
dc.date.available2020-11-17T04:18:51Z
dc.date.issued2020-10-28
dc.identifierpii: PONE-D-20-23856
dc.identifier.citationFlash, M. L., Renwick, M., Gilkerson, J. R. & Stevenson, M. A. (2020). Descriptive analysis of Thoroughbred horses born in Victoria, Australia, in 2010; barriers to entering training and outcomes on exiting training and racing. PLoS One, 15 (10), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0241273.
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/251770
dc.description.abstractThe reasons for Thoroughbred (TB) horses not entering training or exiting the racing industry, are of interest to regulators, welfare groups and the broader community. Speculation about the outcomes of these horses threatens the community acceptance, or social license, of the TB breeding and racing industries. A representative survey of the 2010 Victorian born TB foal crop was used to determine the outcomes and reasons for exit for horses that had not entered training, or had exited training and racing by eight years of age. Horses exported for racing or breeding (4%), or that were still actively racing (7%) at the start of the follow up period were excluded from the study. An online questionnaire was sent to breeders or trainers of 3,176 TB horses eligible for enrolment in the study. Of the 2,005 (63%) responses received, the two most frequent outcomes were that the horse had either been retired or rehomed (65%), or deceased (16%). For the 1,637 TB horses that had entered training, the majority of retirements were voluntary (59%), followed by involuntary retirements due to health disorders (28%). For TBs that did not have an industry record of entering training (n = 368), death (34%), or retirement or being rehomed (27%), were the most frequent barriers to entering training. The median age of retirement for TBs that raced was five (Q1 4; Q3 6) years regardless of sex, or whether their first race start was at two, three or four years of age. Relatively large numbers of horses voluntarily retiring at five-years of age suggests that industry-level, rather than individual horse-level factors are the predominant influences on racing career duration.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science (PLoS)
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
dc.titleDescriptive analysis of Thoroughbred horses born in Victoria, Australia, in 2010; barriers to entering training and outcomes on exiting training and racing
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0241273
melbourne.affiliation.departmentVeterinary Biosciences
melbourne.source.titlePLoS One
melbourne.source.volume15
melbourne.source.issue10
melbourne.source.pagese0241273-
dc.rights.licenseCC BY
melbourne.elementsid1478513
melbourne.openaccess.pmchttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7592779
melbourne.contributor.authorGilkerson, James
melbourne.contributor.authorStevenson, Mark
melbourne.contributor.authorFlash, Meredith
dc.identifier.eissn1932-6203
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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