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.
Here is the link to the FB page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/7627504994/
Here is the HSUS video:
Btw, if you support it, please be civil in your argument for the race. Thank you.