Recent incidents have highlighted the dangers of bandages that are not securely applied by trainers and/or stable staff.
AR.140B. (1) states “Only gear and conditions of use that have been expressly approved by the Chairmen of Stewards, and included in the National Gear Register, may be used on any horse in a race, official trial, jump-out or in trackwork. Provided that the Stewards may approve other gear to be used in trackwork."
(1) Standard bandages
Standard bandages are approved for the purposes of AR.140B(1), but must be stitched the full length on the outside of the leg in contrasting thread.
(2) Self adhesive bandages (eg Coflex, Vetrap)
Self adhesive bandages are approved for the purposes of AR.140B(1), maybe stitched, or electrical tape applied at least two times around the circumference of the bandage.
(3) Adhesive bandages (eg. Elastoplast)
Adhesive bandages are approved for the purposes of AR.140B(1), but must be stitched with contrasting thread.
With respect to bandages, the obligation to notify of any proposed change under AR.140B(2), only relates to the addition or removal of bandages and not to the type of bandages to be worn.
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