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post #1 of 20 Old 05-22-2008, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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Horse racing cruelty?

Im sure everyone has heard about horse racing accidents and everything but there are so many horses that get killed when they are too old or sick ect.

I don't know much about America but I know in New Zealand there are a HUGE amount of ex race horses needlessly slaughtered.

I'm not sure what my views are on horse racing, from what I have seen I'm half and half.

Then again I have never believed in using animals big or small for human entertainment, especially when so many have to suffer for it.

What do you think?
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post #2 of 20 Old 05-22-2008, 06:03 AM
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It is sad seeing horses hurt in accidents. I know because my horse was badly hurt earlier this year by panicking and coming down on a fence post She's ok now though but still has a space in her chest where the muscle hasn't properly joined back together.

We have to remember that the entertainment that horses provide us with is what stops them becoming extinct. If we didn't use horses for riding etc, no one would keep horses and there's not much space left in the wild for them so they'd slowly become extinct. Or worse, horses would be used as a food source all over the world, including america, australia & new zeland. Way worse than horse racing!

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post #3 of 20 Old 05-22-2008, 12:16 PM
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Guys keep it nice in here, we don't want any arguments.

Anyway, I think that horse racing accidents are bad, I don't like's sad seeing a horse get hurt. Especially if they are young. :( I dislike the fact that if the horse doesn't win or make much money, they send them off to slaughter (across the border for the US...usually Mexico) & livestock auctions. :roll:

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post #4 of 20 Old 05-29-2008, 07:48 AM
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As with all things for me at least, I don't just see black and white, I only find gray. I think it has it's good and bad points and no matter what rules we enforce or impose, there will always be accidents and issues of neglect and cruelty. Personally, it's not for me (racing I mean) - we don't even go to the local track. But I don't rant at people I know that partake in the sport either - they feel like they are right and I feel like I am right, so we agree to disagree and leave it alone. I kind of wish more people would look into adopting horses and that it was a bigger deal kind of like with dogs. I always hear people say that buying a 'good' horse is expensive or they would have one, so I suggest adopting one and they always act as if they never knew you could adopt a horse. But then I think about my next point...

Honestly, I kind of worry more about people that buy a horse and then don't know what to do with it while it slowly starves out in their yard or is mistreated regularly for it's behavior because the new owner doesn't know what they are doing. That to me is worse than sending one off to be slaughtered. The slaughtering process must be awful since death is never pretty no matter what, but it is relatively short compared to a long slow death due to neglect and disease.

So...yes I think improvements could be made and that would help. But I also think that you should be careful what you wish for. Hopefully that makes sense...
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post #5 of 20 Old 07-01-2008, 03:37 PM
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No, I don't believe it is a cruelty. A horse can break his leg playing in his pasture. Also Horse Slaughter has been band in the United States. If you lived in the US you would have to haul ur horse To mexico or Canada to slaughter.
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Originally Posted by PoptartShop
Guys keep it nice in here, we don't want any arguments.

Anyway, I think that horse racing accidents are bad, I don't like's sad seeing a horse get hurt. Especially if they are young. :( I dislike the fact that if the horse doesn't win or make much money, they send them off to slaughter (across the border for the US...usually Mexico) & livestock auctions. :roll:
where was the problem? :roll:

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post #7 of 20 Old 07-02-2008, 09:27 AM
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anytime you add humans into the mix there are going to be issues with cruelty. Arlington raceway in Chicago-2006 euthenized 22 horses on the track in the first 5 weeks of that race season. it is fully documented. My thought is to reform sports that involve animals not ban them. there were terrible accidents at the Rolex this year too.Too sad a situation all the way around. just breaks my heart but we can only do what we can do -which is give our own animals the best possible care that we can and support orgainizations that help rather than hinder (i.e rescues) and be of support to each other
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There was no problem- that's the point, we don't want any. :)

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post #9 of 20 Old 07-03-2008, 06:02 AM
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We have slaughter auctions in Ohio, at Sugarcreek. Now, they may be hauled to Canada, I don't know. When Hoover when to his first vet visit with me, there was an Amish man with a huge STB mare ahead of us. She had hurt her ankle, and the man was asking the doctor where he could sell her for meat rather than have her laid up for a while. He had bought her at a harness racing auction, where she would have been sold for meat if not sold for work. Hoove would have sold for meat if the rescue hadn't grabbed him. While we may have a ban, there are still plenty of people willing to feed the market in America, and make a profit shipping horses over the borders.

I have to admit, I don't following racing all that much. After what happened to Eight Belles in the Derby this year, I've sworn off watching it all together.

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post #10 of 20 Old 07-03-2008, 07:18 PM
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Horse racing

I think horse racing is cruel. People have bred these horses as a source of entertainment and to bet. Then, when they are three or four or maybe a little older, they are either sent to breeding farms as stallions and broodmares, or to the slaughterhouses or to the sale barns/rescues where they might find good homes. But they have soo many injuries ie bone chips, knee injuries, tendon injuries, ect that who can say that some of them can make nice horses or not that are sound to ride later on in life? They are young horses that have their lifes cut short due to a need of human entertainment. When people use steriods on the horses to build them up more, it is even more sickening. There is alot of money in the horse racing buisness, but accidents come off the track every day and horses have to be euthenized. The same thing goes for harness racing too. Its not all the people that make the horse racing industry bad. But when people just throw horses away like garbage because they "dont have the pride to run" is rediculous and sick.

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