So, you are fond of horse racing? So are many. But in spite of its immense reputation, it is one of the most dangerous sports. Last year in the USA, about 500 thoroughbred horses died because of limb injuries, respiratory problems, and multi-organ system failure. Did you know that? I think no. Well, there are many reasons for the danger of this sport.
Start Racing Before They Are Ready
Owing to the demand for racing, the horses have to start training as well as racing before they become two years old. At that age, their bodies are not ready to take the weight of the jockey on their back. Moreover, the bones of the limbs are not fully grown. Hence, they fail to run at high speed on the racing track over and over again.
Successive Racing Leading TO Death Of The Horses
In the USA alone, racing occurs all through the year. As a result, the racehorses don’t get enough rest. They get life-threatening injuries owing to the pressure of the completion. You should know that the legs of the horses have a lesser amount of soft tissues. So, the skin often gets torn by the bone, and infection occurs. If this injury is not treated in time, the bone can even be shattered, and no equine doctor can reassemble it. Even if it is reassembled, horses can’t take the weight for months. Here you must know that they have to stand on its four legs on its own before starting racing again. If they can’t, they are killed.
Injuries Of The Jockey
You are an expert jockey, but you can get hurt and sometimes the injuries of the horsemen take weeks to treat. Now why they get hurt? Many studies have proved, and you also might have seen on television or the ground that the jockey falls off the horses back all of a sudden. This is due to the wound in the limb of the horses or their terrible death on the track.
Use OF Drug In Horse Racing
Drug controversy is a part of every racing. To lessen the pain of injuries, the horses are drugged by the veterinarians as well as the trainers. This way, they don’t feel the pain and keep on running until they succumbed to the injuries. In many cases, it was seen that they were given prohibited drugs like alcohol or snake venom so that they can run faster. These things enhance their power but worsen their wounds, and finally, they are dead.
So, now I think before supporting horse racing or becoming a part of it, you will think twice. Is it that much necessary to pressurize this beautiful animal? Is winning so essential that you can even drug the horses even if these are fatal?