Older horses competing at Badmington

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One of the commentators on the BBC coverage of Badmington said how many older horses were now competing there, Could this be down to the roads & tracks & steeplechase being stopped so the horses last longer at the top end of the sport.
 

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It could be. I know 2 4* event horses both retired at about 14/15yo as both had wind ops, but it was decided they should retire. Both these horses competed when there was the steeplechase.
But it could also be a combination of better ground, nicer fences and better training.
 

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Loads of reasons:
Better medical/stable knowledge
Better medical diagnostics
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Better training methods
Better nutrition
More choice of events over better conditions.
 
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