Originally Posted by geewillikers
JDI - Those all sound great, and that would be a great outline for a trainer to follow (I've liked viewing your responses to things- you know what you're talking about) Too bad most racehorses are considered "old" by the time they're four. I guess my point is that those ideal steps aren't taken whatsoever in the racing industry... the racing industry is built on ridiculous expectations of horses...like any multi-BILLION dollar industry - there is major corruption...the racing industry is no exception. People hate greyhound racing- and feel soooo bad for the doggies, but what makes horse racing different? These animals are exploited to the fullest.
I truly have no sympathy for the folks who say they "loved" Barbaro. All they wanted was to save his leg so he could at least mount and make them a buck (or some rockin' foals for that matter
Well thank you! I've enjoyed chatting with you, you sure know your stuff as well - it's great having an intelligent conversation rather than an immature "yeah well!" argument ;)
I agree, the system is corrupted, unfortunately there's money on the line and some people don't care the cost to be "the best."
There are a few things I want to comment on: "Too bad most racehorses are considered "old" by the time they're four"
Agreed. And actually when I first heard of Standardbred racing, I was shocked to hear of 5 year olds racing.. and that's when I was young.
It's not right for a horse's career to be over at the "old age" of 5. Let me rephrase that, it's not right for horses to be crippled at the age of 5; breeders and trainers should take better care to keep the horses sound well into their teens. Too many "OTTB" horses are chronically lame before they're 10 - that should be sickening to any horseperson. "like any multi-BILLION dollar industry - there is major corruption"
Yes. Sickening isn't it? "People hate greyhound racing- and feel soooo bad for the doggies, but what makes horse racing different?"
A few factors that I'll list, there are more, but I'll stick to these 3:
1) Dogs are pets, horses are livestock - at least to some (I know my horse is a pet!). More people have everyday interactions with dogs, compared to horses - so when the media exposes dog cruelty, a lot more people are going to be outraged. Not saying that there aren't people outraged by horse racing, but not as many are involved in horses.
2) Horses are viewed as being big and tough, people don't realize they aren't as thick-skinned as, say, cows, and are very responsive.
3) The big money-makers can cover up stories by handing out some cash. All of a sudden Eight Belles broken ankles are a big tragedy, when really chances are it wasn't a freak accident, but really greedy owners/trainers that pushed her too fast when there was a pre-existing condition.
I'm not a bleeding heart that bubble-wraps Maia and keeps her in a padded stall, but I don't push her to her breaking point either. Maybe that's because I view her as a pet, not an avenue to the big bucks.