BBC.Co.UK - Full Article
11 April 2012
The organisers of the annual Man versus Horse race in Powys are being urged to change the rules so its four-legged entrants can compete without shoes.
Riders whose horses go "barefoot" claim metal shoes can harm the animals' hooves in the long term.
Sarah Braithwaite, who has written a book about barefoot horses and competes in endurance rides, said rules forcing shod horses were outdated.
A spokesman for the Llanwrtyd Wells event said shoeing protected horses.
Green Events said a committee was meeting on Wednesday night to discuss the issue and would release a statement on Thursday.
The spokesman added: "It has always been a rule of Man versus Horse that horses are to be shod because of the course, and because it's a race rather than an endurance ride..."
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