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    06-16-2010, 11:33 PM
I love horse races. That said, I too, wish two year olds were not raced. . .
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    06-17-2010, 12:11 AM
Who decided to race them that early anyway? They should really change that in the rule books or something, let the horses have some life before they are taught to just RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN.

I think every horse sport has bad things that happen when people who don't care about animals see they can make money off of them, or when the need to WIN beats out the pure fun of making progress with your horse and being happy seeing the results in not only ribbons and money. I mean, I show western pleasure and I have seen horses terribly abused, but that doesn't mean I swear off the sport. I just know there are sick people in this world who don't care about animals but get their hands on them anyways... it's sad but a fact. Do what you can to help every animal you can, and treat yours with respect and dignity... that is all you can really do. Being bitter doesn't make any difference to anyone but yourself, and that difference is a negative outlook on the world... just my two cents...
    06-17-2010, 02:46 PM
I don't mind WP when its older more developed horses doing it that can handle the work. I already stated that there was bad in every sport hints the dressage suicide racing barrel racing and WP etc. I have seen some great understanding riders out there as well. Like Stacy Westfall who has such a connection with her horse that she rode her bareback and bridleless. I am sure there are dressage/others riders that might take there horses overall safety and health into well being. As for not doing more miss lazy sorrelhorse I don't live in an area that has racing or really any big horse sports/shows. Most people in my area are trail/parelli people that just enjoy horse owning. If I lived in a area that I was more exposed to that stuff I would be out there doing more. So don't judge
    06-17-2010, 02:57 PM
So let me get this straight...

You end your first post with "what do you think?" implying you want our opinions. Then, when you receive them you take it ad us all "judging" you?

If you ask for peoples opinions on the Internet on a public forum, expect to get differing opinions that don't all agree with you. It's not judgment of you, it's discussing what you brought up... Don't ask for opinions if you don't want them...
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    06-17-2010, 03:01 PM
Originally Posted by ladybugsgirl    
I was not just pinpointing racing its just the one I hate the most.
Horse people need to stick together. No, that does not mean we ignore abuse, etc. But you have to remember that your sport can be next to be banned, etc.

Like has been said, there are bad eggs in everything. Fight to get rid of them instead of bad mouthing the whole sport.
    06-17-2010, 03:05 PM
I do want to know what others think without pinpointing me. What I said was pretty much based on what I have seen or heard in the news. Someone has stated that I was judging and I wanted to clarify that I wasn't. Opinions are good because maybe someone is closer to the racing, dressage industry and can clarify. Everyone has a negative outlook on something in live. I was just one that expressed what I've seen. I just see more breakdowns and deaths in racing that is why I stated that one over the others. When people care about there animals and there is harmony and understanding that is the greatest thing to watch.
    06-17-2010, 03:08 PM
Originally Posted by ladybugsgirl    
based on what I have seen or heard in the news.
Not sure how old you are ladybugsgirl, but you will learn later in life that the news is not a good place for facts about a subject.
    06-17-2010, 03:11 PM
As for not doing more miss lazy sorrelhorse I don't live in an area that has racing or really any big horse sports/shows.
Please take it down a step and chill. You asked for our opinions, and you got it, just because you got offended by something that was said does not mean in any sense that you need to use mindless immature insults.

Because I know you are going to bring this up--I am not judging you as anything more than a person who was rude enough to fall back on insults and ugly pet names.
    06-17-2010, 03:12 PM
^ I agree. The news is the least reliable source of information you can get pretty much anywhere, unless you're okay with having biased facts.

(And btw, biased means OPINION--which means it's not a FACT)
    06-17-2010, 03:14 PM
If you get information just from newspapers expect biased opinions from both sides. You need to read lots from both sides of the arguement.

A lot of horses in racing enjoy racing and put their whole heart into it, other don't and they're usually the ones who are retired earlier because they're not running fast enough because they don't enjoy.

While for these people the horses are a business, a lot of them still care about their animals but they're usually dealing with several animals at once so they can't bond with an animal the way an ordinary owner does. However there are cases of in the smaller owners where they have bonded with the horse, for example there was a chestnut stallion from Wales that ran in the Grand National, can't remember his name but he had a very touching story.That's one example, I'm certain there are others. But I do think a lot of these people don't bond with their horses because they have to be prepared for the fact that if the horse doesn't perform the way it should then it will be going so by not getting too close they're not constantly getting upset over a horse.

Just because there is nothing in your area doesn't mean you can do something about it. Online petitions, gathering as much information about racing, facts and figures and putting forward a valid arguement that will help change the sport. There is still a lot you can do.

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