NICKY Henderson and Paul Webber are among the senior figures in jump racing to back fellow trainer Mick Easterby in his call for the BHA to review a new rule that will enforce the wearing of horseshoes on all four hooves.

The BHA will introduce the rule change on February 1, after conducting a two-year data review backed by consultation with a number of racing professionals.

The governing body views the change – which mirrors the rule introduced on the Flat in 2016 – as a safety and welfare measure, designed to reduce the chances of horses slipping during a race

Both Mick and his nephew Tim Easterby, as well as Sue and Harvey Smith, argue that leaving the two rear hooves unshod can help reduce the risk of a horse injuring itself by striking into a front leg, while disputing that there is any increased chance of slipping.

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