10-22-2007, 12:46 PM
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I must say the Rodeo video really tweeked a nerve. Its very appauling to see what entertains some people. But with the horse racing. Im sorry to go against the grain but I have harness racers(standardbreds) and not all come to a grissly end. Im not very educated about thoroughbred racing as it isnt very popular in this area but to be honest, generally most races horses are treated better then show horses.
In every equine sport, there is a risk of injury. Why bad mouth horse racing when a horse is as easily injured in show jumping? Yes I've bared witness to falls in the harness racing industry, I've also seen falls in show jumping.
Guarentee the same thing happens in other equine sports. But not everyone in horse racing is the bad guy. We never use a single drug on our horses unless you consider electolytes as bad?
I've been on youtube and have seen comments bad mouthing horse racing....to be honest that really plucks at the nerves. Not all horses come to the "tragic" ending. Now as I understand, horses generally race longer in harness racing then in thoroughbred. We have one mare who started as a two year old and was retired at 11 and bred.....never lame....never sick...loved her job.
Generally speaking most horses love their jobs...even the racers. You can tell when they come around that final turn and grab hold of the bit and use their speed and power to win...yes they know when they win...they know when they loose. Just like you see those horses fly towards the jumps and soar...they love their job.
You don't see people protesting football or rugby...grant it not many people die but they are rough sports. A horse can tell you when they are finished. Any somewhat savvy horse owner can tell.
Basically all Im saying is...before you bash down horse racing....look at other horse sports before you state your opinion. There is risk in any horse sport...yes some horses come to a bad end...but not all. Please look at both sides of the fence before you decide to jump.