No consultation with trainers and jockeys before RA changed the tongue tie rules.

No consultation with trainers and jockeys before RA changed the tongue tie rules.

Racing Australia has quietly introduced a rule banning the use of “nylon stocking and adhesive bandage” for tongue ties. RA’s Veterinary and Analysts Committee and the Chairman of Stewards Committee combined to propose the rule change.

 

“The RSPCA has voiced its opposition to the use of tongue ties”

 

The RSPCA has voiced its opposition to the use of tongue ties, arguing they cause horses pain, anxiety and distress with difficulty swallowing as well as possible damage to the tongue by restricting blood flow. The new rules, which come into force on April 1, will require trainers to fit a leather strap or rubber band of at least 15mm in width or a Lycra or neoprene tongue tie at least 50mm wide. Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman noted there had been no consultation with trainers and jockeys before RA changed the tongue tie rules.