Letter: Horse sense

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Following the usual horrified reaction after the carnage of the Grand National might I suggest a relatively straightforward way to make it safer for horses?

Instead of banning the race, ban the jockeys from carrying whips or using spurs. I suspect that without the flogging, horses might find it easier to refuse to jump these "fences" when presented with them. They'll still be subject to the herd "flight" instinct (that's why they run, by the way, it's not because they just adore it) so some would still attempt the jumps, but perhaps removing the whip would allow the horse a little more autonomy when it came to racing.

Jackie Macadam

Craiglea Drive

Edinburgh