The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has opened a public consultation on the use of whips within the sport.
The consultation is designed to gather the opinions of industry experts and stakeholders regarding the rules of whip usage, and subsequent penalties for rule breaches.
The first part of the consultation is an online questionnaire, which will run for 10 weeks until 6 September. The questionnaire can be accessed by anyone with an interest in the subject, allowing them to make suggestions.
After detailed discussions with the relevant parties, suggestions will be considered by the Whip Consultation Steering Group which is comprised of industry experts.
The Group will determine which recommendations are suitable before presenting them to the BHA board for consideration and approval in early 2022.
BHA chief executive Julie Harrington (who was appointed to the role in August) said: “At a time when societal and political views are constantly changing, the future health of our ..