IJSRP, Volume 3, Issue 7, July 2013 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
J.M.R.V. Wijayarathna, I.S Abeygunawardena
The management of racehorses remains amateurish in Sri Lanka although the sport has been prevailing in the country for over a century. This study aimed to gain basic knowledge on the local management practices, identify related problems and make suggestions for improvement. Nuwara Eliya district was selected as the study area since rearing horses and racing is done mainly in this area. Data were obtained by administering a questionnaire to the stable workers and the horse owners of every stable unit (n=5) in the district. The total number of racehorses in the district was 44, out of which Thoroughbreds were predominant (62%). The majority of the horses (72%) are imported from India. All the stables were located on well drained land, and were not undesirably close to domestic dwellings.