Originally Posted by Maple
When you move away from flat racing to jumps racing,...
Shudder at the very thought of jumps racing, but then over here, they're not bred for it either, it's generally flat racers who are washed up or didn't make the grade they use...
The media's fascination with painting racing as this horrific sport where aimals break down all the time;
Hmm, yes, the media does usually like to portray the worst angles, but over here in Oz, horse racing is held in such high esteem that the media even paints very rosy pictures of it. I worked trackwork in my younger years & used to think nothing of it, until I started looking into equine development and talking to bodyworkers(including lectures with top professionals)
The cameras aren't following around all the horseshows/events/hunts. As I've said before - I can't change opinions, and can't make people like racing. All I ask is that people be aware we are horsepeople as well; we want our horses healthy and happy - just like everybody else. |
Hmm, I don't go to horse events or watch them on TV these days because there are too many cringeworthy examples... even at olympic levels
. But I do agree fully with you that just because someone competes, works in an industry, etc, by no means means they are necessarily don't care or are cruel to do so either. I do believe most instances of cruelty or harmful treatment is due to ignorance or misunderstanding though, which is why I think it's important to provide people with information/education. I do also appreciate & respect that my (strong & I believe well informed) opinion on this is just that - an opinion.