Sunday, July 27, 2008

Encouraging News

A new article in The Blood Horse indicates a new study on whether the Thoroughbred racehorse is as tough today as it was 30 to 40 years ago. What? Did they have proof of that? No. They went looking for proof. WHY? According to Eric Mitchell, an executive editor for The Blood-Horse, "There has been anecdotal evidence for years that the Thoroughbred of today is not as tough as it has been in the past."

Why do I find this interesting enough to post about? Why do I find it encouraging? It's not related to DSLD-ESPA.

I find this interesting because this study came about based on ANECDOTAL evidence. Anecdotal evidence means that the evidence was based on reports or observations of (usually) unscientific observers. It means the evidence has not yet been substantiated by studies. Just due to plain old word of mouth, they're actually concerned about a possible trend and are looking into it. Imagine that!

Wouldn't it be great if ALL registries and breeders were concerned about reported problems within their breed instead of pretending these problems don't exist and trying to sweep problems under the carpet or blaming the owners, or thwarting the research as some are when it comes to DSLD-ESPA research.

Click here if you'd like to read more about the Racehorse Durability study. The article includes a link to a FREE PDF copy of the study and a video of a discussion between prominent TB breeders and owners to evaluate the statistics.