Lure coursing equipment is that which is used to create an
artificial or mechanical lure (often referred to as "the
bunny") which can travel at speeds in excess of 50 mph. The
artificial lure is pursued by any animal or bird that possesses a
strong prey instinct.
The modern day version of this type of equipment was
conceived (in the US around 1971) and developed by various sighthound enthusiasts for the purpose of testing their dogs
instinct and physical abilities in a competitive event. This
equipment is now used by sighthound people in various competitive
lure coursing field trials and racing events. The equipment is
also used by other dog owners for various reasons such as
physical conditioning and for just the sheer enjoyment of
watching a dog have fun. Lure coursing is "funnnnn" for
the dogs...they do it because they want to run fast and chase an
artificial lure...they cannot be forced to chase a lure.
The equipment is now used by several zoos to exercise and
condition Cheetahs and African Wild Dogs. Falconers utilize lure
coursing equipment to both train and condition their short wing
hawks (those raptors that hunt game on the ground) and to perform
educational demonstrations of a hawks hunting techniques and
flight abilities without sacrificing live game.
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