Sarah, I've raced my terriers for a number of years, although it was mostly on a straight track. Although I love the idea of lure coursing on paper, I've seen enough of it to scare me.
The lure is running on a line that is streached from spindle, to spindle. That cord that the lure is tied to is whistling along at super speed, and I've seen dog take some serious cuts from it. The whippet is one of the quickest at that game because of their tight turning ability. That same tightness on the turns means comming closer the cord. The whippets usually have their legs wrapped similar to race horses just to keep them from getting cut. It still happens. Even in the straight track the terriers run, I once put my hunting boot on the line to slow it down because the reel wasn't working quite right. In a matter of seconds, it cut almost completely through the sole of my boot. New ones at that :roll:
The larger coursing breeds are aso quite easily cut.......well.............except for the Afgahns. If those idioits don't see the lure make a turn, they usually run straight off into the sunset. :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink: