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post #1 of 3 Old 05-22-2008, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Ban on racing?

I recently read a poll from the e-mail news letter that I recieve bi weekly (I think), and only 38% of Americans want to put a ban on horse racing :( . Exactly what is so thrilling about horse racing? This is something I have never understood, no will I ever understand. To me it's cruel, and inhumane. And than when the horse finishes up lame, off to slaughter they go. I probably wouldn't be as against it, if they stopped racing 2 yr olds, and than their trainers and owners wonder why they have soooo many leg issues. For me, I'd like to see it stop all together. If it actually took talent or something, again I wouldn't mind. But forcing horses to run as fast as they can to beat eachother? I understand that people have been doing this for generations, but surely they can train their horses to do something else. Again, I don't understand what is so thrilling about watching horses run against eachother at such a young age.

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-22-2008, 07:20 PM
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I agree....and yet disagree
I agree that they defiantely should stop racing the horses that least wait for the bones to fully come in so there's less likely of a chance to hurt themselves
But TBs LOVE to run...they honestly do..some of the times it's just the horse running and not the rider beating them to run faster.

I don't see why people enjoy horse racing so much...but maybe it's because it has been around for a long time. I personally find no pleasure in watching it, and though I don't think that all jockeys are cruel (some defiantely care by beating the horse to run...but a good portion aren't though) it's just wayyy too hard on the horses legs.

Just like you wouldn't jump jump 3 foot or higher with a two year old, neither should a 2 year old be's just as hard, if not harder on their legs to race
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-23-2008, 12:17 AM
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There is only a certain amount of times the horse is allowed to be wipped while racing, its stated in raceing rules, and any jokey caught going over this is penalised, it is taken seriously from what i understand. And what often appears like the horse is being wipped, the jokey is actuall hitting his stirrup or edge of boot ...not the actual horse, as the motion of the wip is enough.

There are aspects of racing i dont agree with for sure, but i must say that horse racing is one of , if not thee, biggest industries keeping horses alive in todays world. It gets the biggest publisity of any other horse sport.
So i think it is an important contributor for the horse as a species in ensureing there place in the world.

I quite enjoying going to the races, it can be a great day out. I do photography so going to the races for that reason is a great opportunity for some action shots of horses.
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