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RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES : Statistics

In the third section of this special Animal Aid report - Running for their Lives - we take a look at the statistics relating to the 247 horses who died during the 1999/2000 National Hunt Season.

Where horses died

  • Number of Horses who died on the course
    (during or after a race) = 91
  • Number of horses who died off the course
    (result of race injury) = 58
  • Number of horses who died prematurely
    (injury, lack of ability, other) = 98

Fatalities related to different types of races, including the last race in which horses ran

  • NH Flat Races = 20 Horses
  • Selling/Claiming/Novice/Maiden Hurdle Races = 91
    (These were young, inexperienced hurdlers, or lacking ability.)
  • Hurdle Races = 39
    (These were experienced Hurdlers.)
  • Novice / Maiden Chases = 46
    (These were inexperienced Jumpers.)
  • Hunters' Chases = 8
    (These races featured amateur riders & horses who had been hunting.)
  • Chases = 43
    (These were experienced jumpers.)

Numbers of NH horses who died 99/00 season corresponding to age:

  • 3yo = 5
  • 4yo = 19
  • 5yo = 33
  • 6yo = 39
  • 7yo = 41
  • 8yo = 44
  • 9yo = 27
  • 10yo = 20
  • 11yo = 11
  • 12yo = 6
  • 13yo = 1
  • 14yo = 1

Key research for Running for their Lives: the Equine Victims of the 1999/2000 National Hunt season by Dene Stansall.

In the final section of Running for their Lives we take a look at the 247 horses who died.

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