Has anyone seen a tubed horse recently? I don’t know if the operation has been banned, but roarers used to be a common sight, and I don’t think I’ve come across one for ten years. Perhaps tubing has ben replaced by a more modern breathing operation?
Thanks, Obi, that’s interesting to know they are still around. I think at one time tubed horses used to be marked with a small "t" in the Sporting Life form guide. You had to avoid them on windy days because a gust could catch their breath.
(In case anybody wonders what on earth we’re talking about, tubing was a crude but effective way of improving a horse’s breathing by cutting a hole the size of a 50p piece low down on the windpipe, on the high part of the chest. The short tube was inserted and held permanently in place with a seal on the wound. At rest, the horse had a bung in the hole to stop dirt and dust getting in, and the bung was removed during exercise and racing to facilitate air intake in animals with poor breathing.)