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  • Horse racing is cruel.

    Although it's true that many jockeys create a tight bond with their horse, horse racing is still cruel. In many races, horses are forced into equipment that hurts them (for instance, a nose band that covers their nose so they're forced to breath through their mouth) and they train the horses with painful punishment methods, such as whips. Also, in the main races, such as the popular Grand National, it is very common for the animals to be killed. Some break their necks as they try to jump over the hurdles, and some injure themselves in other ways and are then killed due to uselessness. How is this not cruel?

  • Horse racing is ethical

    Horse racing is not cruel because horses wore bred to run for long stretches and at a high rate of speed. As long as the horse trainers are not physically hurting the horses during their training, then the horses enjoy what they are doing. Horse racing is alright to be enjoyed by the masses.

  • Because they over train train them and then they also hit them with whips

    Because they just hit them and then they have scars from the whips and when they sell them they will always have those from the past and then everybody will ask what it came from and so they will remember that and will be scared from crops and whips .

  • One of the curliest equestrian sports.

    The people who say that this isn't a cruel sport have obviously not seen what happens off the track. These horses are beaten, abused, and not even treated like animals. When they get injured it's all covered up with drugs that treat the pain and make them run faster. Some people say that the trainers love their horses and would do anything to heal them. This is one of the falsest statements I have ever heard as the trainers are all about the money. If the owners and trainers truly care about their horses than how come 24 horses die on the track every week. In Ottawa to not caring about their horses the trainers don't know very much about their horses either and often times kill them from too many drugs or trying to solve a problem their own way. And yes horses do love to run but of their own accord not running so hard until they almost kill themselves.

  • One of the curliest equestrian sports.

    The people who say that this isn't a cruel sport have obviously not seen what happens off the track. These horses are beaten, abused, and not even treated like animals. When they get injured it's all covered up with drugs that treat the pain and make them run faster. Some people say that the trainers love their horses and would do anything to heal them. This is one of the falsest statements I have ever heard as the trainers are all about the money. If the owners and trainers truly care about their horses than how come 24 horses die on the track every week. In Ottawa to not caring about their horses the trainers don't know very much about their horses either and often times kill them from too many drugs or trying to solve a problem their own way. And yes horses do love to run but of their own accord not running so hard until they almost kill themselves.

  • One of the curliest equestrian sports.

    The people who say that this isn't a cruel sport have obviously not seen what happens off the track. These horses are beaten, abused, and not even treated like animals. When they get injured it's all covered up with drugs that treat the pain and make them run faster. Some people say that the trainers love their horses and would do anything to heal them. This is one of the falsest statements I have ever heard as the trainers are all about the money. If the owners and trainers truly care about their horses than how come 24 horses die on the track every week. In Ottawa to not caring about their horses the trainers don't know very much about their horses either and often times kill them from too many drugs or trying to solve a problem their own way. And yes horses do love to run but of their own accord not running so hard until they almost kill themselves.

  • How all people are not sporty and can't run fast but they don't get killed for that but horses do and its just the same.

    It is cruel to drug horses because every horse deserves to win without being drugged. Horses do not deserve to be treated this way. Why do we ride horses and only horses not cows or bulls. Why do we kill horses if they aren't good enough we can just keep them as pets.

  • How all people are not sporty and can't run fast but they don't get killed for that but horses do and its just the same.

    It is cruel to drug horses because every horse deserves to win without being drugged. Horses do not deserve to be treated this way. Why do we ride horses and only horses not cows or bulls. Why do we kill horses if they aren't good enough we can just keep them as pets.

  • How all people are not sporty and can't run fast but they don't get killed for that but horses do and its just the same.

    It is cruel to drug horses because every horse deserves to win without being drugged. Horses do not deserve to be treated this way. Why do we ride horses and only horses not cows or bulls. Why do we kill horses if they aren't good enough we can just keep them as pets.

  • It should completley stop

    Race horses
    sends an estimated 10,000 horses to slaughter annually, meaning that half of the 20,000 new foals born each year will eventually be killed for their flesh.
    Race horses have to be at least 2 years old and the maximum age is 4
    The owners of the horses only care about the money they make
    , many horses are turned into junkies by their trainers and veterinarians, who provide drugs to keep them racing when they shouldn’t be on the track. Dr. Gregory Ferraro, a former racetrack veterinarian reports ,
    unnecessarily inject horses with painkillers and other medications
    Many racehorses become addicted to drugs when their trainers and even veterinarians give them drugs to keep them on the track when they shouldn’t be racing.”

  • Horse racing is not cruel

    Do you see a horse not want to run no they love it and Most of these horses are treated better than humans are in the barns. They are given very good food, are being checked on all hours of the day, and overall, just get plenty of attention to make sure they are healthy. And they love to run too. Horses are BRED to run. I worked in the barns with racehorses and after they ran, a lot of the time they came back really happy. A lot of these racehorses wouldn't even exist if racing was not going on.

  • Its not cruel

    Yes, they do start them very young at 1 in which horses should be trained later. But really the horses love it. Do you really think that horses hate to run? I'm 100% sure that they would prefer that any day than being taught collection. If thats there job thats all they know and they love it.

  • Anyone who knows anything about the Horse industry knows it is not cruel

    I have a BSc. In Equine Science and currently studying veterinary medicine. The thoroughbred breed were bred and evolved for racing and sprints. Their whole physiological system has adapted to allow them to do such races. Like Clydesdales are bred to tow heavy loads. Horse racing is not abusive in any form, are there abusive handlers? Sure - in the same way some people are cruel to animals. There are those people in the world and neither you or I are going to have the ability to change that. Sh*t happens, simply as. Horses die from eating a conker (poisonous), like the way horses might die in their field due to an accident. Because that's all it really is. They are athletes. They are not going into these races untrained and unprepared. They are trained from 2 years old (this is also not cruel, normal breeds are trained from 4 years, but like i mention TB's s systems are different and they grow much more quickly]. They majority that retire from racing aren't packaged up and sold for meat, that is not a preference of horse owners. Sometimes the owners are left in so much debt that need the money. I don't see a storm brewing because cows and lambs are born just to die so we can eat. Do YOU eat meat? Do you eat jelly sweets? Because that its made from gelatine from animal skin!
    E.G. Kauto Star; He was an impeccable race horse. When he retired he was not sent to stud as he had been gelded. But he began a different career path and started a dressage career under an Olympian trainer. She loved him, and he loved his work. Thoroughbreds cannot stand idly in their stables for the rest of their lives. It would drive them insane and introduce many other vices; pacing, weaving, wind-sucking, cribbing etc. One morning when he was in his paddock he broke his leg. Simple as, an he had to be put down and a nation was devastated. Because if you really work with horses and know the industry, you would that these things happen. A horse breaking it's leg cannot be saved. And it happens more often to thoroughbreds, due to their conformation they are susceptible to ligament and tendon injuries and its no different to have pugs are prone to eye and respiratory problems. These problems are due to their excessive growth - but this would happen with or without the horse been raced.

    This is the way it is. If there was no horse racing, the thoroughbred breed would die.They are not built to be pets, but to race. They race each other in their paddocks all the time. They are flighty and fast and temperamental with hot blood coursing through them. They are creatures of habit, take them out of their routine and they become antsy. Above all let us not forget - nobody can make a horse do something it does not want to do.

  • Horse Racing Is Not Cruel

    Most of these horses are treated better than humans are in the barns. They are given very good food, are being checked on all hours of the day, and overall, just get plenty of attention to make sure they are healthy. And they love to run too. Horses are BRED to run. I worked in the barns with racehorses and after they ran, a lot of the time they came back really happy. A lot of these racehorses wouldn't even exist if racing was not going on.

  • Horse racing is not cruel at all.

    Many people who argue that horse racing are cruel have most likely never been near a horse in their entire life. I have been brought up around horses and I worked on a racing yard for 3 years of my life. Ii can honestly say that these horses are not treated cruelly and I have never witnessed an act of cruelty towards any horse that I have been around - this isn't to say there aren't cruel acts among the horse world but racing is most definitely not one of them. I truly believe that a horse would not run if it didn't want to, race horses are treated like the royalty of the horse world. A lot of people usually say that it is the whip that is the cruel part but many famous winners have never used a whip on a horse, Kelly Marks for example is a winning jockey and an ambassador of sorts for the positive treatment of horses and she never used a whip on a horse that won with her.
    I suggest that those who have a negative view of horse racing take their time to do a little research into the real world of horse racing before jumping down the throats of those who support it. If you have no knowledge of a subject do not force your opinion onto other naive people.

  • The act its self

    Is not cruel ! The act of racing the horse is not cruel, it's what some trainers do to the horses. If you watch horse racing these horses are born/ bread to run! And most of them love it! They start them to young, but again that's a trainers choice and the horses love their jobs. The only support I have to call it "abuse" is what SOME trainers do such as profrormance aid drugs!

  • No: Horse Racing is Not Inherently Cruel

    If the rider creates a bond with their animal and treats it well, then horse racing can be fine for horses. The problem is when a rider treats the animal as though it were a machine and pushes it past its limits. In this case, horse racing can be cruel, but it is not inherently so. Cruelty comes from the person, not the practice.

  • No, horse racing is a tradition.

    Horses should be proud of what they compete in. It is not cruel at all. We slaughter cows and pigs for food but no one is asking whether that is cruel. The only thing that is remotely cruel about horse racing is gambling, and that has nothing to do with the well-being of the animals.

  • Horse Racing Cruel

    I personally think that horse racing is not cruel because the horse racing is not killing a horse it is just racing with a horse. I personally think that horse racing because it is not cruel because horse racing is not abusing the horses as well as not harming the horse.

  • Horse racing is not cruel

    I don't believe that it's cruel horses are animals that run in the wild and some are tamed and run for competition, the only way it is wrong is if the animals are being abused but if the animals are well taken care of and healthy then I don't see any harm in it .


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