Thoroughbred Racing and Unwanted Horses Rescue

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The Thoroughbred horse racing industry in America is well aware of inherent issues revolving around the care and health of its participants, thousand pound animals taught to race against one another and to dig deep for victory. The Sport of Kings has been around for centuries, and the problem in the United States of unwanted horses, free and wild creatures who roam the West and those who toil on the race tracks, is not new.

But new awareness in recent years of the existence of outrageous numbers of unwanted horses and possibly of avoidable race track breakdowns is changing horse racing and how America deals with its unwanted horses.

Triple Crown (1930) champion Gallant Fox as a foal.
Triple Crown (1930) champion Gallant Fox as a foal. | Source

New Foals Each Year

In Thoroughbred horse racing, over 30,000 foals are born and registered for racing each year.

Just one each year, at the age of three, will win America's most prestigious horse race, the Kentucky Derby. Only 20 from each yearly crop will become eligible to enter the Derby gate.

In 2008, when the phenomenal Big Brown had racing horsemen talking in controversy from East to West, a filly named Eight Belles was one of the 20 Derby entries, along with Big Brown. The filly menaced Big Brown to the wire, finishing second to the phenom, then collapsed in a heap with two broken legs as she galloped out past the finish line.

The breakdown was a horrific reminder that Thoroughbred race horses give their all most of the time on the track, only a heralded few enter the record books, many do not survive following a mediocre racing career, and some, like Eight Belles, create a furor of reaction that seems almost destiny-like. Eight Belles' necessary euthanasia on the track on Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs was a crowd event of tears and shock.

It followed the breakdown of Barbaro in 2006's Preakness Stakes, the second of the three Triple Crown races. Brave Barbaro shattered his right hind leg in a simple, unfortunate misstep, was temporarily casted as millions watched and prayed, and then ambulanced to a Pennsylvania equine hospital, where he succumbed eight months later to laminitis, a painful inflammatory disease of the hoof.

Laminitis is a terribly drawn out and agonizingly painful condition for which there is no cure. It cut short the life of Secretariat in 1989, as well as Barbaro and many other horses which suffer from the disease usually out of lack of exercise and excessive time limited to a stall.

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Is the Thoroughbred Industry Doing Enough?

The first step to a cure for anything is awareness of the problem.

The filly Ruffian's horrific breakdown in 1976 in her much publicized match race with boy counterpart and Kentucky Derby champion Foolish Pleasure for the most part came and went as one of those difficult things that occur in Thoroughbred racing.

Barbaro's breakdown and struggle against laminitis brought unprecedented public awareness to race track breakdowns and the conditions under which race horses perform. Eight Belles' death in the Kentucky Derby dirt increased the cries of awareness to a fever pitch.

Those cries of raised awareness resulted in the Thoroughbred industry's June 16, 2009 American Horse Council National Issues Forum concentrating their discussions on "The Welfare of the Horse".

At the forum Dr. Tom Lenz, chairman of the Unwanted Horse Coalition, presented somewhat discouraging figures, including these:

  • 80,000 to 150,000 equines annually join the unwanted list
  • 432 US horse rescue agencies can house just 40 residents apiece
  • 18,000 horses are rescued evey year but just half of them find adoptive homes
  • $18.6 Million annually would be needed to euthanize unwanted equines
  • $234 Million annually would be required to house unwanted horses
  • $15,000 is an average cost per year for an individual to properly house a horse

Dr. Lenz's figures were recited as statistics resulting from a public survey of horse awareness taken from November, 2008 to January, 2009. The survey asked questions of over 23,000 individuals in relation to the problem of unwanted horses, and the results were published in the October, 2009 issue of Horse Illustrated.

Synthetic Surfaces and Studies

The jury is still out on whether synthetic race tracks have or will cut down on the number of race day breakdowns. Does the synthetic surface, which in texture simulates turf, equal a safer running condition for the Thoroughbred?

European flat racing takes place exclusively on turf, a fact which causes Euro trainers and owners to think twice before shipping their stars to America to participate in the fall Breeders' Cup World Championships. Twice recently, the Breeders' Cup races, which do feature some turf races, were held at Santa Anita's new synthetic track. This season, primarily because of water drainage problems, Santa Anita officials voted to rip up the synthetics and return to dirt racing.

Turf racing has been part of the American racing scene in its own right, but the dirt races are where the mammoth stars are born and mostly perform.

In Europe's July 23, 2011 George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-G1), a 1-1/2 miles turf event, Godolphin Racing's Rewilding snapped a cannon bone in front of the viewing grandstand while he was gamely rallying toward the race leaders. The race is a "Win and You're In" event of eligibility to the American Breeders' Cup World Championships Turf race scheduled in 2011 for November 5, the second day of the two-day festival.

Studies on Thoroughbred racing conditions such as synthetic surface safety, retraining retired race horses to other jobs, rescue of unwanted Thoroughbred and general horses, and causes of race day fractures continue under scrutiny by the industry and veterinarians nation-wide.

Veterinarian Dr. Wayne McIlwraith of Colorado State University's Gail Holmes Equine Orthopedic Research Center undertook studies of pre-existing fractures through blood biomarkers research that can indicate microdamage in horse's bones that may later lead to a catastrophic injury. Individual tests, albeit expensive, can be done, Dr. McIlwraith's research reported, to determine if a horse is in danger of suffering future fractures.

Dr. McIlwraith's findings were reported in the September 6, 2008 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.

The 2011 season's hot topic in American horse racing has been whether or not to completely ban race day drugs, including Salix (Lasix), which helps reduce pulmonary hemorrhage caused by excessive exercise. Europeans do not allow any type of drugs in their horse racing society.

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Horse Rescue Work Goes On

Some horsemen have taken up the cause of unwanted Thoroughbred racehorses after discovering the truth about Ferdinand (1986 Kentucky Derby winner) and Exceller. Ferdinand was slaughtered in Japan, and Exceller's life ended in a Sweden slaughterhouse. Foreign-owned slaughterhouses in the United States have been closed for several years. Americans don't eat horses, but foreign countries do, and the cruel endings go on in Canada and New Mexico and elsewhere.

The Colorado Horse Rescue group and the Kentucky Equine Humane Center are examples of agencies nationwide in America that continue the difficult task of rescuing and homing unwanted horses. Rescue agencies are budget poor and have thousands of equine companions available for adoption.

In the October 2, 2010 issue of Blood-Horse magazine, Susan Hayden Kennedy wrote "A Horse For My Kingdom" for the column "Final Turn". Kennedy said horses in rescue facilities around the country continue to wait for help.

Kennedy states these horses' needs almost poetically: "Their heads are high; their ears, alert. If you listen, you can hear them ask: 'What happens next? I'm awaiting my (new) assignment'".

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Offtrackmtb 5 years ago from Top of a mountain

These are lovely animals, and as the economy continues to stall more and more equines of every breed are finding themselves in bad circumstances. Thank you for drawing attention to their situation


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

Ditto your thoughts, Offtrackmtb! Thank you. We raise Thoroughbreds to serve us, and we must do what we can to retrain them and to help adopt and care for all breeds.


Liola Lee 5 years ago

My daughter's dream is to work with ex-racehorses. She is well on her way to achieving her dream. She loves all horses but Thoroughbreds have a special place in her heart. She had one of her own which sadly had to be put down just over a year ago but it has made her all the more determined to work within the industry and make a difference. This is a very informative and thoughtful hub. Many thanks for sharing!! : )


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rafatalam73 5 years ago

Amazing hub.


zahidalam 5 years ago

Its a useful hub.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Congrats on getting "Hub of the Day"! Rock on, you're only here for a short time and made the front page. :) Wonderful hub, by the way. The information is more than useful and the pictures are truly magical. Voted up and awesome.


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primpo 5 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey

I wish I could take in more horses.. I owned a standardbred named Tampton Jase, I called him TJ , he was awsome. I also owned an arab who was given to my daughter and the last horse I owned was a retired thoroughbred who my daughter is showing successfully. If I had the money I would get more but don't have it. It is a shame with this economy. I feel so bad and long for it again, but financially I just can't do it. I'm glad you wrote this hub. I wish things were different for these beautiful animals.


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applecsmith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Congratulations on being the Hub of the day! I love horses, they are beautiful and majestic animals. I'm so glad you shared this to make other people aware of this problem. I have grown up around horses my entire life, and my heart has a soft spot for them.


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

Great hub! Congrats on hub of the day... it is well deserved. Growing up, my neighbor had one of these ex-race horses... she was perfectly normal until you put a saddle on her. Then she would start to tremble and it was all you could do to keep her from bolting. So ingrained was the desire to run. She would rear up and go over backwards if you waited too long.... take the saddle off and she went back to normal... it was a sad existence. Instead of riding her we would let her follow without bridle or saddle... otherwise you took your life in your hands.


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Keeley Shea 5 years ago from Norwich, CT

Congratulations on receiving Hub of the Day! I had no idea what kind of life it is for thoroughbred race horses. It is very sad what is happening. Very well written hub!


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

They are beautiful animals. I was sad to learn of their fates.


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@Liola Lee...Kudos to your daughter for her heart for horses and the work she is doing! Thank you for your uplifting comments!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@rafatalam...@zahidalam...Thanks for stopping by and for your positive feedback!


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kmurdaugh 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

Awesome hub! It breaks my heart to see any animal live its life unwanted. I've had horses my whole life until now and as soon as I get a place that will allow it, I plan to go to rescue for my next horse!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@kittythedreamer...Thanks so much! I appreciate the compliments!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@primpo...Congratulations on your daughter's retrained Thoroughbred! That's awesome!

I know what you feel. I wish I could adopt a few hundred myself, as well as all the needy dogs in our country. Our animals deserve better from us. Thanks for helping, and thanks for your comments!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@applecsmith...Thanks so much for your compliments! And thanks for caring about our equine friends and helping to spread awareness of their difficulties. They are awesome creatures!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Congratulations on being chosen hub of the day. I've never watched a horse race, although I've seen movies with horse races in them. It has never interested me. There is a similar type of program for ex-racing greyhounds. we have plenty of horses where I live. They are majestic.


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

We have two adoptees in my family. Little Star and Touching Fire. My sister adopted them because she loved them, and it's so difficult for many of us to not love a horse. Both are rescue horses, though not thoroughbreds. Little Star is an Arabian, and Touching Fire a quarter horse, who is great at working with children. My family, being from Kentucky, and growing up on a small horse farm, we're very familiar with the thoroughbred breed. My thanks to you for sharing the information in the article! Much appreciated! Best wishes to your continued equine endeavors and God bless you for the hard work! If I had the finances and the space, I'd adopt every unwanted horse I could find, and consider myself exceedingly blessed. God went all out majestic when He created this wonderful animal!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@davenmidtown...I appreciate the congrats! You tell an unusual tale of a Thoroughbred, and a sad one. However, kudos for finding a way to help her live out her life. Some Thoroughbreds do have a "post-trauma" type nervousness after their racing days; some spook before they can really become adequately trained. Regardless, they need a loving caretaker to help them out. Thanks for sharing your story!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@Keeley Shea...Thank you for taking the time to compliment this Hub.

Although, the unwanted horse situation is a sad and compelling one, there are racehorses who have had a good life -- Secretariat, who later succumbed to incurable laminitis, and other Thoroughbreds of the 1970s benefitted from that era's medicinal research. Triple Crown winners of the past were very popular and well treated, as are the stars of today.

It's what takes place in some cases following their racing and stud careers that can be very frustrating for those of us watching the industry. However, there are always interested parties that spearhead efforts to improve the life of unwanteds.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@Paradise7...Thanks for stopping by. There are people in the Thoroughbred industry who care, rest assured, and they find ways to help these unwanteds.


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@kmurdaugh...Kudos to you for helping horses! Good luck on that next rescue! And thank you for your comments!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@FloraBreenRobison...Thanks for the congratulatory remarks! Much appreciated. I'm a great sports nut, so horse racing and racehorse welfare are high on my list of subjects of interest.

Racehorses are, indeed, majestic in their appearance and in their graceful movement.

Greyhound rescue is, as is all dog breeds rescue, a worthy effort to place unwanted animals. We have a lot of throw-aways in America, for which we should be concerned and to which we should focus attention in the way of finding solutions. Although I haven't been able to own horses, all my canine buddies have been rescues and dear family companions, including a beautiful Newfoundland whom I miss very much.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Very informative hub. Congratulation for the hub of the day. Thanks for sharing.


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@femmeflashpoint...Many humble thanks for your valued comments! Congratulations on Touching Fire and Little Star, for every horse rescue and every effort to rescue a horse is an act of great service to these (quite agree) majestic and wonderful creatures! Special kudos to your sister!

I would adopt a farmful of them, too, if I could! But we can all help in our own ways from where we live.


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bluebird 5 years ago

Liked this hub about horses a lot. Horses truly are beautiful creatures! Glad to know they are being rescued. Good job! And congrats!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@Thelma Alberts...Thanks for commenting! That's very much appreciated! And from Germany! I hope you're enjoying your HubPages experience, as I am!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@bluebird...Thank you for your generous input! I agree -- horses are among the beautiful creatures. I'm happy to know people here like yourself who are interested in their welfare!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

I'm glad this hub was awarded the accolade of "Hub of the Day," as it helps bring more readers to this well documented hub. I had no idea of the numbers of thoroughbred race horses that are subsequently deemed unwanted. Thanks for calling attention to this hearbreaking problem.


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@Happyboomernurse...Thank you so much for those kind words. Yes, when you think about the figures -- 30,000 or more Thoroughbreds born each year, but just one annual Kentucky Derby winner who can garner large stud fee interests; perhaps 100 on the year who become sought after as stud material -- it's staggering and unpleasant to think of where the lives of all the others end.

It's American to overdo, and we do in many ways.


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2ndblogger 5 years ago from Beverly Hills

nice hub indeed..


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@2ndblogger...Thanks so much for sharing in this Hub!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Barbsbitsnpieces...well, I'll tell you right off the bat...I don't support horse racing of this magnitude...just like racing grayhounds...it is cruel, unusual punishment for the animals. And when they are no longer useful; no longer producing that big purse...no longer making $...they are regarded as a burden and...well, you've told the tale here in this excellent hub.

To end a thoroughbred's life by shipping that animal off to a foreign country to be slaughtered is insult upon injury...a tragedy beyond comprehension. And the rescue groups who try so hard are overwhelmed w/the #'s needing to be saved.

Just like circus animals and other animals used in "acts" for our entertainment..that, to me, is just what the big money horse racing and greyhound racing industry is....big money at animals' expense.

It is unnatural, as proven by the # of weakened, brittle, splintered, fractured and broken bones; to run an animal as is done in professional horse racing. To me, it matters not, whether synthetic or natural surfaces are used...the "sport" itself is detrimental to the horse. Period.

Well, I've said enough....I am going to link this hub to a recent one I wrote (published today) in order to further the awareness and knowledge of others. i hope you don't mind.

Thank you for a great study...and informational hub.

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Congratulations on hub of the day.

I've loved horses all my life, they are wonderful animals,we must do all we can for them.

Thank you for a well written informative hub.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful work. Animals are wonderful too, and should have proper care, or simply do not use them for our benefit. God Bless You.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Congratulations of your Hub of the Day award! Great job!

This is indeed a sad situation of which I have been at least marginally aware for years. I don't follow horse racing, and am against it on general principles, but you point out painful details that much need to be shared for change to occur!

Thanks for writing this informative and important hub!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@Lucky Cats...Thanks for your valued input on this Hub! Many share your feelings about horse racing and greyhound racing. More awareness means getting a little closer to a solution for many horses.

Although accomplished racehorses live the life of stars, the vast majority of Thoroughbreds find a sad ending.

Certainly, don't hesitate to link this Hub to your own work!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@Movie Master...Thank you so much! I appreciate your stopping by to comment. Kudos for doing your part for animals! They do deserve our attention to their welfare!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@stars439...Back at you with good thoughts for animals! We should all understand that animals share this earth with us, and many depend on us for their well-being!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@DzyMsLizzy...Thanks for the congrats and for sharing your thoughts on this Hub! If each of us has a little heart, we can make a difference!


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

After coming back and seeing Lucky Cats' comment, it occured to me that I have an older hub about animal rights, and a link to this hub would be in order there, as well, if you don't mind.

I sure don't have the income level to own and care for a horse, but they are gorgeous, graceful animals that I love. If I can do anything to help them, it is only by attempting to educate, that, at least, is free.


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@DzyMsLizzy...Of course, feel free to use anything of mine as a link! Whatever helps one, helps everyone to learn and grow on Hubpages!


Ash 5 years ago

Are you talking about...The Colorado Horse Rescue I think your talking about? (CHR) I love them! On of my horses is from there and we donate often! They are such great people, and have a great facility. Amazing Hub! Very Informative and detailed.


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Equusdvm2010 5 years ago from Minnesota

Good job with this hub! I am new to hubbing but not new to the probems plaguing the equine industry. Sadly the unwanted horse is a mounting problem in the minds of those in the equine veterinary industry.


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psychicdog.net 5 years ago

Fascinating and disturbing information - we don't hear this side of what can otherwise be an exhilarating sport - watching champions win big races.


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psychicdog.net 5 years ago

thinking more about the issues ...I don't want to enter into controversy but would it be also true to say we eat hamburgers and cows(or other animals for that matter) don't seem to hold the same affection? Would there be more 'unwanted cows' - do we single out certain animals as more deserving? - why? questions questions


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@Equusdvm2010...Thanks so much for weighing in on this Hub! We know equine vets are working hard to improve conditions for the racehorse and the unwanted horses of America.


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@psychicdog.net...There's always "the rest of the story", I suppose. Or at least, the other side of it. Thanks for commenting.


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@psychicdog.net...There's nothing wrong with a little civil controversy! Your question has been raised many times for the same valid reason to which you refer. It's no secret that our cats, dogs, and horses are the most popular animals in America, and we don't eat any of them! But there is an underlying issue...we never raised those animals to eat them, either.

The controversy rises in the fact that we as humans have always raised certain animals to eat them. It's part of our way of life and existence. On the other hand, many modern humans are opposed to eating any animals and claim a Vegetarian or Vegan lifestyle.

At the very least, we should work for the humane treatment of animals we raise for food -- factory farms are many times in violation of providing the basest humane treatment of their animals and let them exist in the most deplorable conditions -- and to provide the best care possible for those animals we consider champions by occupation.

Thanks for your valid and insightful comment!!


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Dave Powell 5 years ago from Winchester, MA

Great hub, Barbara...UP and definitely awesome! Our animal friends can't really defend themselves in this life... so humans who care must step in and take some responsibility.


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@Dave Powell...My sentiments exactly! Thanks for stopping by, Dave!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Voting up and sharing this. Oh, this was absolutely heartwrenching to read. I'm so glad you mentioned some rescue organizations. Thank you for this article. I'll be sharing it with friends in the U.S. also.


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Barbsbitsnpieces 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@Pamela Kinnaird W...Thanks for stopping by and commenting from the heart! Much appreciated!

As a fan of horse racing, I think it's important to consider the back side of racing, because only then can the integrity of the sport be scrutinized and horsemen and fans be held accountable to work for the health and welfare of the horse.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Congratulations on your HOTD award. Thanks for raising more awareness about what happens to these majestic animals when they do not win money for their owners. Many people who watch horse raising and like the thrill of it may not be aware of what happens behind the scenes. The same for greyhound racing as several people have already mentioned. Voted up and useful.


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Barbsbitsnpieces 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@Peggy W...Thank you for your complimentary stop-by!

Although I remain a fan of the sport of horse racing because of the competitive spirit of the Thoroughbreds and the consciencious horsemen and horsewomen who are a part of it, it does have a dark side, and we must be good stewards, as well, making certain we do everything to safeguard the animals themselves. Many of them live kingly lives, but the aftermath for those who do not pay off is very sad sometimes. Rescue groups are doing wonderful work in all phases of rehabilitating retired Thoroughbreds, so there's much to be hopeful about, too.


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Derby Deals 4 years ago from Jeffersonville, Indiana

Great hub. Very informative. It's great to see all the responses also. There are so many good people out there who care about the health of these great creatures, beyond the pleasure they can bring with their athletic prowess. If you feel so inclined, please check out my hubs. They are all about thoroughbred racing, with an emphasis on three-year-olds and the Kentucky Derby. Thanks!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@Derby Deals...Thanks for your stop-by and compliments!

Yes, I agree that all horsemen and fans of horse racing need to be mindful of the proper care these wonderful athletes require. All sports have their down side, and horse racing is no different.


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khmazz 3 years ago from South Florida

I loved every bit of this hub! For years I worked with a group that would rescue and re-break abused horses! They are amazing creatures, thank you for sharing this! :)


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Barbsbitsnpieces 3 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@khmazz...So happy to have your audience here at Hubpages as an adamant rescuer of Thoroughbreds!

Bless you for your good work with abused horses! Animal abuse is beyond my capacity to understand, when we have the knowledge that love works wonders!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 3 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA Author

@zahidalam...Thanks for stopping at and complimenting this Hub!

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