How many deaths of racehorses (caused due to an injury inflicted while racing) do you know of?
If only a few, maybe name them...
If you go to the memorial wall, you'll see that over a thousand horses have died either on the track or because of an injury sustained from racing worldwide. Wall of Names
There are no statistics on how many horses die in America because the racing industry doesn't want us to know. There's a site that records deaths in the UK, though. Race Horse Death Watch
The ones I know of off the top of my head would be Barbaro, Eight Belles, Pine Island, and Ruffian. How many ex-racehorses do you know? To clarify, horses that have now been retrained in a different discipline once their career has ended.
I knew an ex-harness racer named Houston. He came to the barn half dead and nearly starved, with broken bones that had never been treated. The previous owners said he was skinny because of his age and claimed he was 19 years old (which is no excuse anyway). His new owner got his papers and he turned out to be only 9. They thought he would have to be put down for a while, but once he realized that the food and attention were just going to keep on coming, he perked up and started gaining weight, and even started being ridden as a pleasure horse. His hindquarters are permanently deformed because of past injuries, but as far as I know, he's doing well. My trainer also had two OTTB's that she used for show and hunter jumping. What discipline do you see most ex-racehorses retrained for?
Usually English disciplines. Eventing, jumping, sometimes dressage. Do you believe horse racing sould be continued? or that it should be ended?
I don't believe it should be ended per se, but there are a lot of things that need to be changed. The racing industry needs to redeem itself and stop the cruel practices of starting yearlings under saddle, racing 2 and 3 year olds, drugging them (anabolic steroids are legal), and running on hard tracks or in bad weather in trecherous conditions. They also need to reduce the yearly foal crop, because more foals are produced each year thanthe industry can absorb, and the ones that aren't fast enough are tossed aside. They also need to take better care of the retired horses and make sure that they get good homes after their racing career is done. Too many ex-racers end up in bad situations, whether it be irresponsible owners, the carriage business, slaughterhouses, etc. If there was one thing you could change about the horse racing industry, what would it be?
The fact that the horses are raced so young. Two and three year olds aren't even fully developed physically or mentally, and their bones can't handle the beating that running puts them through. That's one of the main reasons we have so many breakdowns. They're babies that are expected to perform like professional athletes and run a mile in under 2 minutes. Why not race them all at six years?