Horses retiring when they’re injured does happen – no problem with that, particularly if it’s a career ending injury. The problem some people have is a horse getting injured, and being retired to stud, when the horse may recover. It’s all a bit convenient……but, hey, it will continue to happen.
And then the fans of jumping pipe up – Yeah, as that’s in rude health…..
Poetic Flare ran as many times in one season as many do in two. But that in itself means he’s in all probability already reached the height of his form.
Trouble with a flat horse injury is it doesn’t need to be a “career ending injury” to be a form ending injury. ie Horses can race on after an injury but often never again put up the standard of performance they used to… Which is fine in handicappers – their mark is lowered accordingly which enables them to win again. However – with Group 1 stallion prospects – many people’s (breeder’s) recency bias means their opinion of the horse’s ability is irrevocably damaged… Risk being of breeders looking elsewhere.
If jumps horses were prospective stallions you’d get the same; but Vast majority of Jumps horses are geldings and therefore no reason to retire.