The Dark Side of the Horse Race

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Horse racing is a sport that involves horses being ridden by jockeys or pulled by sulkies and their drivers to compete in a race. The goal is to cross the finish line first to win a prize, whether it’s cash or goods or services. It is a very dangerous sport, and it can be fatal for both the rider and the horse. However, there have been many improvements made to the safety of the sport over recent years due to growing awareness of the dark side of horse racing, and a rise in animal rights activism.

Horses are raced far too young for their own good, and this often leads to injuries that cause them to be put down. Moreover, the drugs that are used on racehorses to mask the pain of their illnesses and injuries, as well as to give them an edge in the races, are often not safe for the horses. It is also not safe to transport horses long distances from one track to another, and this can lead to traumatic deaths.

While it is extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact date and location of the first horse race, evidence suggests that racing was a popular pastime during the Greek Olympic Games in 700 to 40 B.C. Afterwards, it spread to other countries and eventually became the sport that we know today.

The earliest races were probably match races between two horses over several four-mile heats. Later, six-year-olds were admitted to the King’s Plates, and a race for five-year-olds began in 1751. The races were eventually reduced to a single four-mile heat, and the weights increased to 168 pounds for the six-year-olds and 140 pounds for the five-year-olds.

As a form of entertainment, horse racing is widely considered to be an unethical practice because the horses are subjected to a lot of violence and stress. In addition, there is a lack of transparency in the industry and it is difficult for the public to monitor how much money is won and lost. Furthermore, the exploitation of young horses is highly controversial and can result in serious injury or even death.

The horse race has continued to evolve in the past century, but despite these changes the underlying issues have not been addressed. This is largely because the industry is driven by profit and not the welfare of horses. This can be seen in the way that racehorses are treated: they are pushed to their limits, bleed excessively, and then discarded once they break down. Moreover, many of them are injected with cocktails of legal and illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Despite these issues, horse racing continues to draw in large amounts of money from the public and bettors alike. However, the fact is that it is not sustainable and it will be in trouble unless it puts the welfare of the horses first. Sadly, the majority of horse racing aficionados continue to ignore the concerns of animal rights activists and the general public, while continuing to fail to protect the welfare of the horses in their care.