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New Whips Going High Tech

Published: October 22, 2009 10:13 am ET

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According to a report by, the latest adjustment to jockeys' riding crops is a big one, but chances are you'll probably never see it.

The article states that after consultation with jockeys in Britain, microchipped whips with changes to the grip will be given out to 'flat' jockeys, then jumps riders over the course of the next couple of months.

"Identification of individual whips via the microchip will allow objective assessment of whip age, allow estimates of the number in races where it has been used and ultimately avoid any whip wear that might affect horse welfare," Tim Morris, director of equine science and welfare for the British Horseracing Authority, was quoted as saying.

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