The following essay was submitted by a longtime industry exercise-rider. For various reasons, this person has asked to remain anonymous.
Please allow me to start off by saying that I am not any level of bleeding heart activist. I enjoy eating meat and I fully believe in using horses for work and recreation. I have a job to earn my keep and I see no reason why most horses can’t earn their keep as well. With all that being said, it is my observation that horseracing practices are senseless mental and physical abuse. They are a near perfectly measured formula for destroying the animal mentally and rendering it useless even in the unlikely event that he survives the relentless physical pounding that kills the majority of his peers.
Everything that is standard practice in this industry, from the tiny boxes they are kept in, the high protein diets they are…
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