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post #11 of 29 Old 10-03-2013, 12:36 PM
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Horses have a right to be on the roads so its very difficult to control this sort of thing and by the time it gets out of hand its usually too late. Racing like that in the video is illegal - races that are organized with local authority permission to close off the roads aren't
The ISPCA (similar to the ASPCA) wants to have a ban on all road racing and restrict it to official clubs and racetracks only
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I wonder why they prefer to do it on roads instead of racetracks.

Like Tessa mentioned, I can't imagine it's good for their legs.
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i did not watch the video, but there was a t.v. show that focused on the Travelers or Gypsy life style. It did show the sulky races down the road. They claim it is their life style and nothing is wrong with it. They even showed little kids doing this on the program.
They did not seem to follow any laws but their own.
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Gah, WTF is wrong with people?!
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It jolts their joints AND they could slip on the pavement and break a knee. I don't have a problem with the Amish community one hour from us, but, they, too wear out their buggy horses bc all of their roads in the community are now paved. They don't race them.
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It is not legal, the gardai cars there are trying to stop the race. The gardai are, for lack of a better description, afraid to do anything to the travelling community. Unfortunately the travelling community have a really bad name, and are not readily accepted by most of the country. The majority of people are more or less afraid of them.

Julie - they don't race on tracks because there are (often) dodgy dealings going on behind these races. Unregistered gambling, using pain masking drugs, ect. A lot of these races are for bragging rights more so than anything else.

The ISPCA and the IHWT do their best to try and cull these events, but for the most part it is "advertised" through word of mouth among the community. We have a halting site in a town close to us, and there are horses who are not in the best of condition in the field beside it. Is anybody willing to go in to check them out? Not a hope. They are far too concerned about their own safety.

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Human selfishness...they don't truly care about the animals.
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Yeh... It's horrible :( I see them doing it all the time here in Ireland. It's hideous, but do they care? Of course not ;(
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I don't think it's an escort, it looks like the officer is trying to stay in front of them and slow them down. You can see them repeatedly trying to go around the officer, or he'll block one and the other bolts ahead, etc.
That's what I thought but then the officer disappeared in the video.
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post #20 of 29 Old 10-03-2013, 03:51 PM
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Maples correct. These people are a law unto themselves and not the sort anyone wants to cross.
Its not that long ago that a group of them tried to drive a horse and cart through a deep lake in the UK for a bet, the poor thing drowned and they ran off and left it. A bystander tried to rescue it and got injured in the process.
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