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Awesome! Geeze, they're so graceful when they're running! It kinda looks like slow-motion!
 

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I love how it looked like some of them were on a stroll, and others were practically practicing levitation xD and they were so CALM before and after the race!
 

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Wow that was cool! Thanks for sharing! I love to watch draft horses run xD when my belgian runs around he looks like a foal with his little tail and ganly legs :3

The race reminds me a bit if the ban-ei races in japan, except those drafts pull weighted sleighs, not riders :p
 

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I love you for postin this link! :clap:
 

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So THAT'S where the truckloads of aluminum ingots are going....racing plates for draft horses!

Thanks!

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I'm not seeing anything remotely good or cute or cool about this.

This is NOT what they were bred for, and to me it is wrong to do this at all.

There is enough cruelty in the world, do they have to add more?
 

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I'm not seeing anything remotely good or cute or cool about this.

This is NOT what they were bred for, and to me it is wrong to do this at all.

There is enough cruelty in the world, do they have to add more?
While I agree with 90% of your post, I even debated on posting. I am not a fan of most diciplines of equine "sport".

I will say that I do not have sound on my computer, so I don't know any of the narrative that was said.

I felt that this was a one time only or once a year event. I doubt that any of these horses are going out on the racing circiut. I saw no horse being whipped, and It was a short track and looked like it was all done in fun.

My Clyde was not bread as a riding horse but I rode him in bareback pleasure classes (had no saddle) often at the local fun shows, nor was he an endurance horse but I drove him in a Combined Driving Event, when my regular driving horse was lame. ( we got a beautiful blue ribbon and a trophy for getting the most penalty points without being eliminated).

So, I agree that there is too much cruelty in this world, I feel these horses were not bred only for their speed, nor will they be discarded after their racing career is over. They were most likely back in their pasture by dinner time waiting for next years race.
 

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OMG, this is amazing, my mare (also a Shire) totally thinks she'd win this. Mind you, River lives in the center of a race track with two Quarter Horses. When the horses are training on the track, she likes to fling herself around on the inside of the rail. Of course she has no chance at outrunning a trained and in condition TB racehorse, but she'd take on those same-size Shires with the biggest draftie grin on her face!
 

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That is nuts! I have never seen that before :shock:
 

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While I agree with 90% of your post, I even debated on posting. I am not a fan of most diciplines of equine "sport".

I will say that I do not have sound on my computer, so I don't know any of the narrative that was said.

I felt that this was a one time only or once a year event. I doubt that any of these horses are going out on the racing circiut. I saw no horse being whipped, and It was a short track and looked like it was all done in fun.

My Clyde was not bread as a riding horse but I rode him in bareback pleasure classes (had no saddle) often at the local fun shows, nor was he an endurance horse but I drove him in a Combined Driving Event, when my regular driving horse was lame. ( we got a beautiful blue ribbon and a trophy for getting the most penalty points without being eliminated).

So, I agree that there is too much cruelty in this world, I feel these horses were not bred only for their speed, nor will they be discarded after their racing career is over. They were most likely back in their pasture by dinner time waiting for next years race.
If this is an every day thing, then I guess I might see a problem with it. But, forgive me for saying, those horses don't exactly look like they race every day! Sure, they aren't bred for racing, but please show me a draft horse who is worse for wear from running around the pasture (which happens. Often.)

Clem sprints around her pasture like a madman pretty often. In fact, she seems to enjoy it! But if I line her up against a few other horses and let her sprint, that's cruelty.. That makes no sense. Unless those drafts are extremely young like you see so often in TB racing or are racing and practicing hard every day I see nothing wrong with it.
 
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