Originally Posted by Lakotababii
Read the previous comments.
Research can be deceiving, especially when done by the people who will benefit from the outcomes. Unless it was done by a 3rd party, completely unrelated to the racing industry, and I saw the procedure used on my own, I won't buy it.
Statistics are REALLY easy to manipulate, and "research" is easily skewed.
Actually, there is an article by a VERY well-known vet that talks about the actual science behind how work DOES strengthen bones in race horses. If I can find it, I will post it.
I know this is an older thread with a couple newer posts, but I'll add to in anyway. Horses break down at the track, just like horses break down in OTHER horse disciplines. It happens...it goes with the territory. Do I like to see break downs? No, of course not. I'm an avid horse race fan and handicapper, I go to the track alot and have yet to see a break down. People get up in arms when they see it on live TV, when it's a daily occurence in the general horse industry. A friend of mine who kept her show horse at my trainer's, a really nice WP paint mare....paint mare was turned out in the indoor due to inclement weather, she was racing around feeling good...took a bad step and broke her ankle. It happens.
Another case in point is Hickstead, he died immediately after a jump round in Canada, just recently. He had a heart attack, and dropped to the ground....the stands full of people. It's sad, but it happens. These horses are athletes but they are not infallible.