Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: I live in rainy England
• Horses: 0
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.
Eagles may soar but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.