What would your response be if someone told you that horse racing would outlaw the use of the whip for anything but corrective purposes within the next five years?
Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the idea, one of Europe's former leading horse racing administrators believes that major racing nations will phase out everything except the corrective use of the whip by 2015.
Last week at the 2010 Asian Racing Conference in Sydney, Australia, the respected International Federation of Horseracing Authorities Chairman, Louis Romanet, was speaking in a panel debate on animal welfare.
"Public perception about using the whip to improve a horse's placing will lead to restriction in its use to prevent accidents, in the case of, say, a horse swerving," Romanet was quoted as saying.
"It will require taking decisions and then teaching young people coming in through the various racing schools. But I think it will happen within five years.
"It's similar to the process for applying non-medication rules in racing, which has to be done gradually and through education."