Horses feel pain when whipped. You think?

In the realm of “you couldn’t make this up,” is a study that shows that horses feel pain when they are whipped. Because the horse racing industry clearly doesn’t understand (or chooses not to) that whipping causes a horse pain, a scientific study has been conducted by forensic veterinary pathologist Dr Lydia Tong, which concludes that whipping is “likely to be painful’’, which contradicts the view of most jockeys who claim padded whips do not hurt, merely encourage. As in most scientific reports, the claim is softened by “likely,” but it boggles the mind that any sane person could imagine that a whip would not, in fact, inflict pain, to any creature with a central nervous system.  On what scientific method do the jockeys base their assessment, I wonder?

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