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The Horse Race Approach to Leadership Development

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Those who favor the horse race approach to succession say it encourages leadership development by offering talented employees opportunities to vie for the top role. They also point out that the system can help to bolster employee morale.

Bettors watch a horse’s coat in the walking ring before a race to make sure it’s bright and rippling with sweat. A slick coat indicates a healthy horse ready to run.


Horse racing is one of the most ancient equestrian sports and has been practiced in many cultures around the world. The sport’s rules and regulations vary between nations but, by and large, most rulebooks are based on those of the United Kingdom.

Horse race is also used to describe political contests and has been a common phrase in the past, especially when referring to nail-biters. It has been used to describe everything from a close election to a political debate. While the term has a long history, it seems to be gaining popularity again as a way to describe tight races. This may be due to the fact that it provides a way for newsrooms to give novel or third-party candidates a chance to win.


Horse races are governed by rules that determine who wins the race and how much money is wagered. There are also different types of horse races, including flat racing and jump racing, which involves horses jumping hurdles. To win a horse race, a jockey must navigate the course with their horse and reach the finish line before any other competitors.

The most common way to wager money on a horse race is to bet ‘to win’, which means betting that the selected horse will come in first place. However, you can also bet to place and show.

A horse’s performance can be affected by the distance of the race, its weight, its sex, and the training it receives. In addition, the veterinary oversight will be centralized and will have a set of standards that must be adhered to.


The large, spindly legs of a horse take an enormous amount of stress during racing. Often these legs fracture. Such injuries are a common reason why horses are euthanized after a race.

Research shows that equine drugs mask pain and allow horses to train and race with injuries that would otherwise be fatal. This is especially true for young, immature two-year-olds, who are frequently drugged to be able to compete in reckless speed trials to impress prospective buyers at auctions.

In a study of 114 CMIs at four South African racetracks, the majority occurred in one leg (nine unilateral and 107 bilateral). Almost all the injuries involved the front limbs and most frequently the proximal sesamoid bones and metacarpophalangeal joints. LF injuries predominated in all races, regardless of racing direction.


In the past, trainers used a wide range of drugs to get horses ready for races. For example, a diuretic called Lasix was given to horses before most races in the United States to reduce exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH). This drug can also mask the use of performance enhancing drugs.

In addition, sedatives and muscle relaxants are widely used. These medications can help a horse’s performance by decreasing its heart rate and improving its breathing. Despite the widespread use of these drugs, there are concerns that they can affect racing results.

In order to prevent medication violations, trainers should keep small samples of feed and supplements for six months. This will allow trainers to detect any unusual substances that may have contaminated the samples. Moreover, a good record of the supplements and medications will help in the case of an accidental positive test.


While the racing industry tries to fend off criticism with claims of aftercare programs and zero-tolerance policies, everyone in the business knows that dozens of American racehorses are slaughtered for food each year. That’s true of retired thoroughbreds, as well as trotters and standardbreds.

Those that aren’t rescued by organizations like PETA spend their last hours in livestock trailers barreling along winding roads to slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico. The equines, skittish by nature because of their fight-or-flight response to pain, are often not stunned correctly before slaughtering, and are shackled, hoisted up, slashed, bled out and butchered for European and Asian dinner plates.

This is the reality of the track-to-slaughter pipeline that New York lawmakers attempted to clean up by passing legislation this week, but that still doesn’t ban the slaughter of all race horses.

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