HorseRacing-a love for the Horse or a love for the Game
I am currently doing a degree in equine mangement, previously i used to work in racing.
it came up in one of my classes that the love for horses has disserpeared in the racing industry and has been replaced with a love of money.
is this true??
im interested on what your opinions on the subjuct may be....
unfortunately i think it has, for me it is the love of the horses. I enjoy the geneology of TB breeding as my horse is part TB and has good lines which were envolved in racing. I think a lot of horse owners see them with huge £ signs in their eyes, same with some breeder, i think the trainers are the most honest although im not too sure, a lot of cruelty can take place in the training process :(, just depends on the nature of the person.
I did work experiance at a stud farm (local) and they were vary friendly and took good care of the foals but the workers or the owers of the farm didnt seen to care what happened to them once they were sold.
p.s. just applied to do an Equine Science degree, hope i get it :s
and good luck with yours x
I sadly agree. People would not push there horses the way they do if they didnt do it for the money. =(
For the most part. I agree. There are some people who I believe are still in it for the love of the breed. Unfortunately, that seems to be an exception to the rule. Horses in the industry are often seen as dispensable and are not put first like they should be.
I have to agree that there is so much MONEY in racing that people will discard of any horse that doesnt bring money in. I agree. but there still are those people that love their horses as much and/or more then they do the racing business.
I agree too. There's a reason betting is (technically) not allowed in human sports - It results in the exploitation of the athletes.
If you would like some info on how horses were treated, along with the jockeys, back in the 1930's a good read is Seabiscuit. It's more like a documentary about the racing industry as a whole. I have been very shocked just from the first few chapters of how jockeys and horses lived in those days.
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Compared to allot of horses in the 1930's Seabiscuit lived like a king. There are abuses in every sport and there is a difference between what has to be done for business reasons (selling horses that are not up to the caliber that is needed) and cruelity or greed (caring only about the money they can make from that animal). They may not love the money more than the horses but they do know they have to make x amount of money to afford to keep those horses and how they are kept.
Allot of the anti racehorse talk comes from the Derbies were they are ran as 3 year olds and the hand full of 2 year old races they run. In allot of ways those races are training for the horses,
Man O' War raced 21 races and won 20 of them; all of those races was as a 2 and 3 year old. Judging from photos of him at age twenty I would said he looked likea 5 year old.
Citation raced 45 times in his long career, he retired to stud as a 6 year old. He career was 32, 10, and 2. And there was a mass wreck that kept him from competeing as a 4 year old.
In comparasion Big Brown raced 8 times and won 7 of them with the 8th race a 9th place finish. There were several problems with that horse, at least on that day.
Mine That bird was almost held out of the Peakness due to his condition, granted racing tin the Belmont stakes was part of that too. But the gelding is still racing or at least I believe he is. I have not seen it said that wh was retired.
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