Retired Japanese racehorses Taiki Shuttle, a Hall of Famer in Japan, and Rose Kingdom had their manes unceremoniously cut off on Sept. 15.
Police were called to investigate the case at Kimura Farm in Hidaka, Hokkaido after being alerted to the horses' unusual appearance by their caretaker. A sharp tool was used to remove the hair, but neither horse was injured in the event.
Kimura Farm is operated by Versailles Farm and many retired racehorses live on the farm, where racing fans are allowed to get close to the horses while they are turned out on pasture. Kimura Farm has currently suspended public viewing of the horses for security reasons.
Taiki Shuttle is a champion sprinter who earned a place in the Japan Racing Association's Hall of Fame. Taiki Shuttle won multiple Group One races in Japan and abroad, including the Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo and the Yasuda Kinen in France.
Read more at The Asahi Shimbun
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