I think that people need to educate themselves in regards to the breed, and move on from the Disney mentality, just like any breed. We have sold horses that didn't work out just because people didn't realistically know what they could handle and wanted. looked great when they tried out the horse, but didn't work in the long run. that happens with all breeds, I just think people see more pictures of gorgeous thoroughbreds(and Arabians) and buy one based on looks and the Disney stories.
I think the racing industry should help fund rehabilitation centers, or even contribute to places like my BO's, who give them down time, evaluate temperament and ridability, retrain and rehome. At least then you don't have well meaning but misguided people going "I rescued
him from the track" like some sort of badge of honor, then realizing the horse has no manners, is hyped up on hot feed and lame, and knows nothing under saddle except go-go-go.
The are more good people in racing than bad. You never hear their stories.
I think racing has more than its share of greedy, heartless, uncaring people. I think the ratio of people who seek money/prestige at the expense of all else increases with the level of prestige and the amount of money available. Racing is one of the richest sports in the world. and I do know some stories of good people. My BO got a mare off an owner who still stops in to see her every so often, and remarks at how great she looks. My BO's trainer is exceptional, talented and caring. That doesn't change the fact that the wrongs committed against these animals by the the greed driven part of the industry are horrifying.
very sad when you hear of a horse that's won some good races for its owner cast out like a piece of rubbish
yes it is. If a horse wins $100,000, how hard would it be for the owner to take a small percentage of that, and give that and the horse to a place that will rehabilitate and rehome it? I'm not talking keeping a miserable cripple alive, but more directed to the sound, sane horses that end up in a can.