Are racehorses treated badly?
Horses are magnificent creatures. Though they have been a huge help to mankind during the days without cars, running until their breaking point may actually kill them.
You can call it stubbornness or being dutiful but a horse would sacrifice its life without thinking for its mission and purpose. Nowadays, that mission seems to be racing since they aren’t needed in transportation anymore.
Some may say racing is in horses’ blood but it’s just not true. Yes, they’re fast runners but they simply don’t deserve any of the cruelty they seem to get in the racing industry.
The main reason behind that is the only question that gets asked around in the industry “Can it race?” If the answer is yes, nothing else matters to the horse owners and if the answer is no, they do everything to turn it into a yes. Even if it means drugging the horses.
Today we will look into the hardships horses go through in the racing industry and list why horse racing should be banned.
Horses get depressed
Horses are meant to live in herds. In the wild, you can see them running around in large groups. Racehorses often live alone in small stalls and only get to go outside for training or races. This means that they never actually get to be free and experience what it’s like to have no strings attached.
Most racehorses get depressed after a while and start refusing to do what they’re told. This usually ends up with them getting replaced and often put down.
Some horse injuries can’t be healed
Horses are pushed to their limits in every race. They may even break a couple of bones during a race, due to pure tension, and not notice it. Since the time between races isn’t enough for them to fully heal, they hit the tracks again with some bandaid solutions until they collapse.
Retiring in the racing industry is a thing but horses have to be lucky enough to have sensible owners first.
Horses get drugged
Some of the bandaid solutions that are used when horses are injured badly are drugs. I am talking about performance-enhancing and the ones that make them unable to feel pain. These drugs allow horses to ignore their injuries for a little while and keep on running.
Sadly, this worsens their injuries to a point of no return and they eventually die. Performance-enhancing drugs on a perfectly healthy horse will also wear them down a lot faster and reduce their lifespan due to being pushed to their limits constantly.
Racing isn’t natural to horses
Yes, they may be fast runners and often can be seen running in the wild. But they don’t run on a schedule in their habitats. When they feel sick, they rest and they also live with their families to fulfill their souls.
Some racing horses are taken away from their families the moment they were born. Racing wears them down both spiritually and bodily. If the conditions they were living in were more humane and a bit close to what they should have then we could rethink our stance on horse racing. But with things as they are, it’s completely an unacceptable practice.