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post #1 of 33 Old 03-23-2012, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Omak Suicide Race

Sorry if this has been discussed before, but I firmly believe the Omak Suicide Race should be banned. There is a group on FB that we are trying to revive. Please join to show support for banning the murder and injury purposely put upon the horses.
At night, when they can't see well, horses are galloped across a 120 ft length before plunging down a 62*, 220ft path, that narrows and ends in a river. For the horses that don't go tumbling head over feet to the bottom, don't crash into each other, don't drown, and manage to move after having their joints so badly concussed, they then have to swim across the river and gallop up another hill before finally reaching the finish.
The defense of the supporters is that it is tradition and that only 20 or so horses have died over an 80 year time period. But that is only the horses that died at the race. Many sustain injuries that cause them to become useless and we all know what becomes of useless horses, especially when owned by people so cruel as to use them for that in the first place. They also say it was a rite of passage for the Indians of that area, but that is not true and the local tribe there pulled their support of the race. However, the organizers offered them money and land and suddenly they were supportive again. "Support" that is bought obviously is not considering the welfare of the animals.
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Here is the HSUS video:

Btw, if you support it, please be civil in your argument for the race. Thank you.
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post #2 of 33 Old 03-23-2012, 08:18 PM
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This is when I hope people die and get maimed. IDIOTS
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post #3 of 33 Old 03-23-2012, 09:25 PM
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My God, that took my breath away. How awful.
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post #4 of 33 Old 03-23-2012, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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I just don't know what to do about it. :(
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post #5 of 33 Old 03-23-2012, 10:36 PM
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I have no interest in riding in it, but I've seen pictures of cavalry mounts doing similar stuff for training.
"NOTE: This is a photograph of a descent known as the descent of Mombrone. This descent was done more as a test of nerve than anything else, and in pre-war days every officer had to go down it before he left the School; but accidents were not unknown and occasionally rather serious, and the practice has rather died out since the war. Mombrone is an old ruined castle about 3 miles from Pinerolo, and the descent is made from what was once a window about 20 feet from the ground, but earth is piled up a little at the bottom and now the drop is only about 15 feet."

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post #6 of 33 Old 03-23-2012, 10:42 PM
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I think this race is horrible.. However, if you have ever watched the Grand National or any steeplechase races,horses are maimed and killed during those races also.

BUT, I will never ever support anything HSUS or PETA supports. Those are two organizations that go hand in hand to eventually do away with animal ownership of any kind.
We all know about PETA,but lots of folks do not know that HSUS keeps all the money donated to them for salaries and ads, but do not have ONE, not ONE shelter or humane society in the country, nor do they support any.
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post #7 of 33 Old 03-23-2012, 10:51 PM
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I couldn't watch the whole video it made me sick. I am at a loss for words, people never stop shocking me.

the hardest part of riding is the ground... yup sounds about right
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post #8 of 33 Old 06-06-2012, 09:53 PM
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I agree TB, it made my stomach turn seeing those horses tumbling down the hill. I can't believe anyone would do this to themselves let alone their horses.
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post #9 of 33 Old 06-06-2012, 11:56 PM
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Another load of BS perpetuated by HSUS. Regardless of whether I agree or disagree with the race, if HSUS has anything to do with the publicity it's guaranteed to be slanted if not a blatant lie, therefore I won't support anything to do with the race for or against it.

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post #10 of 33 Old 06-07-2012, 07:03 PM
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A modern day version would be to jump on a buffalo robe being pulled at 45 mph by a truck on the other side. Now there'd be a test of their mettle.
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