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    Now peta is going after the jockey.
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    The horses used for races are genetically selected to have light weight bones so that they are faster. (you don't see many Clydesdale's in races) That's the problem with them getting injured.

    But minus that fact, racing them is what they like to do, they like to run. It's not any more dangerous than them being at the farm in a fence, wild ending up in a hole, or tripping over anything else that might get in their way.

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    So it really is all about the money to these owners and breeders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMurphy97 View Post
    So it really is all about the money to these owners and breeders.
    To some, yes. But if it was true of everybody, Barbaro would have been euthanized on the spot and wouldn't have gotten the best veterinary care in the world for over a year, where even if he DID survive he would be of no further financial use to his owners (with damage to his hind legs, it's really unlikely that he could have ever been a stud horse, and AI is prohibited in racing.... thank god, or the horses would be even more screwed up than they are).

    Also, I do agree with MrFlyTrap... horses are possibly the most accident-prone creatures on God's green earth. There's an equine expression that goes "Horses are born with a pre-determined place to die, and they spend their entire lives looking for it." For all their size and power, every last one of them is shockingly fragile and easily scared.... a poor combination. I've personally known three horses that were fine and dandy when we went to bed, and by the time we woke up had varying degrees of broken legs (all in empty paddocks with solid shelters, and nothing else around). I heard a case study from a vet friend of mine of a horse that spooked while it was being walked, ran head-on into a Dumpster and ripped its chest to shreds. All of these horses were eventually euthanized, over freak accidents. Let's not forget the whole food thing too.... if a horse eats too much grain at once, or too much spring grass, or any number of dietary shifts occurs, they'll wind up lame with laminitis which can range from mild (lame for a little while, problems for life) to fatal (this is what eventually killed Barbaro). Just food for thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    If people are animal lovers why do they watch & support this stuff?

    I like dogs but I don't go to dog fights.

    I've never agreed with animal based entertainment - how many bears do you see in alaska riding a unicycle?
    I could not care less about the Kentucky Derby, but that is a very poor comparison. There are clear distinctions to be made between horse racing and dog fighting. There is just about zero similarity between dog fighting and horse racing besides the fact that they both involve animals and sometimes maybe cages (stalls) are involved. The losers don't get brutally torn to shreds by the winner, or at least they haven't in any race I've ever seen. Perhaps you and everybody else here are a horrible people because we keep carnivorous plants which eat little helpless critters! How many people here have been entertained by that act? I know I have.

    Sure there may be despicable owners that treat their horses poorly, but that's not horse racing's fault. That's the owner's. They are responsible and to blame, not the "sport."

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