Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Okay, so you're basing your opinions on nothing more than sensationalized reports, and not first hand experiences. Which means it's a knee-jerk, emotional reaction and not an informed opinion.
Everyone has opinions and many of them are based on exactly how you've based yours, but I recommend doing some research and maybe getting some hands on experience before you tar the whole racing industry with the same brush.
I personally don't like that they race 2 y/os. I think they're far too young and fragile, which is why we see so many break downs. But, my opinion isn't based on knowing the racing industry first hand, only on my years of experience in dealing with and being around foals and young horses.
Being that racing is a well known and well publicized sport, is why we know more about the injuries and euthanasias than in any other discipline.
Most of the other disciplines aren't interesting to people who don't own horses, whereas racing has many followers, most of them who don't know the first thing about horses and don't really care. Racing is about money to most of these people, and horses are merely the vehicle which drives the industry.
There are plenty of owners, trainers, riders and track workers who care deeply about their charges, but these aren't the folks who make headlines. It's not exciting if there's no sensationalism. In the news industry the phrase, "if it bleeds it leads" is very much the norm.
Racing isn't the only discipline that breaks horses young, but it's the one with which most people are familiar.
My JJ came from a trainer who cared about him enough to want to make sure he went to a loving, forever home. She could have sold him to any number of people, but he was given to me because she wanted to make sure he got a good chance at life.
I think people like that are the norm in the industry, not the exception. Sure, there are bad folks everywhere, but you can't win races or competitions if the horse's well being isn't the most important thing on your agenda.