ponyboy - how do you know that I don't care about my horses? Those of us involved in racing didn't just wake up one day and say "i know nothing about horses but i want to work in horse racing to make money".
Just like any other industry, it's not the people on the front lines of racing that make the big money. But just because you're
not motivated by money doesn't mean racing as a whole isn't. And there are LOTS of people who do low-paying jobs because they like them.
I actually just quit a job because I developed a moral issue with the industry I was in and couldn't continue to support it with a good conscience. I didn't become a jockey for the same reason (I'm 5'3", 105 Ibs soaking wet).
And yes, they do need this quality of care. It is the same quality of care MY horse needs. It is the same quality of care every horse needs. I see plenty of riding schools using 3yos for jumping lessons around here. Plenty of riding schools who's horses are tacked up 7am on Sat and used by numerous riders until 5 or 6 that night. Horses used by beginners because they are so crippled with arthritis they can barely move, still being used several times a day. It's a shame they can't avail of HALF the treatment the TBs get.
No, all horses don't need the same care. Some horses don't need shoes or blankets or even grain for that matter. It depends on their breed, the climate they are living in, how much they are ridden and how good their conformation is.
As for your comments about the riding school – yes, that's bad. I stopped going to one school because I didn't like how they treated their horses and it wasn't nearly that bad. I'm not sure how often our school horses were ridden but they got turn out every day and were definitely not left tacked up. We had 20 year old horses who were still sound. I know some trail barns are quite bad and I don't go to them for that reason.
As for the nurse mare farms - yup they happen. Can't argue that. So.... how bout them PMU barns.... ?
Old that's right, since those other people do bad things it's okay for you to do them too. How silly of me! In fact, now that I think of it, since there's abuse in every discipline that makes it all okay, doesn't it? Well that's a relief… Now we can all just accept all kinds of horse abuse and go on with our lives!