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miheartbeats
10:13 PM on 05/13/2012
Its so sad we force animals to race until death comes, grey hounds are retired, so of te animals are champs only to die after the big win
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averagezoe
Don't breed or buy while homeless animals die!
09:49 PM on 05/13/2012
At least these horses don't die in vain - they've made hundreds of thousands for their owners. America is the land of exploitation, anything to make a buck, and what is easier to prey on than animals? Horse racing, dog racing, dog fighting, cock fighting, slaughterhouses - it all fattens the coffers and the suffering of other sentient beings be damned. By extension, dog breeders fall into the same category - deliberately producing puppy after puppy to make money without any regard to the millions that are being killed each year. But that's the entrepreneurial spirit Americans worship - if it can make money, use it. If one were to put any credence in Gandhi's famous statement "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated," the United States would rank on the same level as any third world country and all the hype about us being a great nation would be just a colossal joke.
11:01 PM on 05/13/2012
You have been excused and are free to leave at any time................you will not be missed.
I love people like you who ignore the millions of us who treat animals with dignity, respect, and compassion and will so quickly condemn an entire nation and our economic system because of a personal judgement on your part. Throughout my lifetime I have watched Americans go to insane lengths to save, protect, feed, nurse, and assist both wild and domestic animals......frequently at the risk of human lives. The capitalist and entrepreneurial system has been instrumental in raising the standard of living for hundreds of millions of humans AND animals in this country and around the world. Just who the hell are you to pass judgement on all of us???????????
11:36 PM on 05/13/2012
Thank you david1950 -- wish you were running for president.
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averagezoe
Don't breed or buy while homeless animals die!
11:44 PM on 05/13/2012
For over 26 years, I have worked tirelessly to save abused, neglected and abandoned animals just as all of us in rescue do and despite our efforts, we have seen no change. Apart from founding and operating a number of rescue groups in several states investing my personal time and money, I have remained hands-on and have saved thousands of animals so far. You need to really educate yourself before you spout such inanities as humans going to "insane lengths" to help animals - those humans are in the distinct minority and I am one of them. I see each and every day what Americans are capable of and the atrocities inflicted on innocent animals in this country defy all reason. Until you get down in the trenches with us, you should refrain from spewing forth utter and complete nonsense. It's people like you who really have no idea what's going on, but your pathological need to pontificate makes it all the harder for us. Of course, feel free to put your money where your mouth is and join the rescue community and the animal welfare movement.
12:21 AM on 05/14/2012
"Dog breeders deliberately produce puppy after puppy to make $$$?" I think not. You must be referring to puppy mills, as a reputable dog breeder is breeding to improve the breed and provide a well bred, healthy pet. Reputable breeders LOSE way more money than they make, so do your research. If every breeder were a reputable one, there wouldn't be any homeless dogs, as every pet sold is sold on a spay/neuter contract, and if the family cannot keep the dog for any reason, the dog goes back to the breeder. Whether you like it or not, most pet people are looking for a healthy, well bred pet and unfortunately will bypass the shelter. I do agree, that adopting a dog from a shelter is a wonderful thing. It is NOT the act of a reputable dog breeder that puts these dogs in a shelter or worse yet, kills them.
09:49 PM on 05/13/2012
horses are naturaly meant to run, freaque situation. it happens to people too.
12:22 AM on 05/14/2012
Keyword "run".......not race, only humans make them do that.
05:47 AM on 05/14/2012
no!.....in the wild there is no races......its called run! or running!...which is what there bodys were designed to do...... understand poindexter ?
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09:30 PM on 05/13/2012
We should start a running man game for cruel owners. :) See how they like being ran too hard.
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msd7733
08:47 PM on 05/13/2012
Smells fishy to me. The greed, what people will do to animals to force them to make money. Man kind can be so devilsih.
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teknodum
08:38 PM on 05/13/2012
"They Kill Horses, Don't they?"
A pox on all the abusers! ( and all who support this barbarity)
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08:20 PM on 05/13/2012
They probably collect insurance on the horse.....I hate horse racing!! I hear lot of stories what they do to horses at the races, I was so appauled!!!!
07:23 PM on 05/13/2012
They push these horses to hard. Hope the owner appreciates the hard work!!!
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eyelashviper
In wilderness is the preservation of the world
06:50 PM on 05/13/2012
Steeplechase and cross country races are grueling events, far longer than any Thoroughbred track, and entail varying terrain, water, and jumps over stationary obstacles, so it is a dangerous sport for both horse and rider. In Show Jumping, the courses are not lengthy, and all jumps break away, so falls are infrequent; these events are based on speed and precision, and require agility, strength, but do not cause extreme stress to either the horse or rider.
Many horses participate in such activities for many years, and an 18 year old was a winner at several Grand Prix events a few years ago, so there are sports where horses are well treated and not endangered.
lofttypeofaview
I pledge allegiance to the poor!
07:42 PM on 05/13/2012
If a horse chooses to jump or run on their own that is fine but the shouldn't be forced to be athletes.
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eyelashviper
In wilderness is the preservation of the world
08:14 PM on 05/13/2012
A good owner/trainer would never push a horse to participate in an event. Like people, horses can be athletes who love to run, jump, and win, or they can be couch potatoes...
10:01 PM on 05/13/2012
Tell you what. YOU go out and try to force a horse over a jump if he doesn't want to do it. On the other hand, try to stop a race horse when he's running full out.

They shouldn't be forced to be athletes? They ARE athletes. It's what they do, whether they have a rider or not.
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Dh Barr
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08:04 PM on 05/13/2012
Sorry but I grew up on a horse farm, and without fail the biggest idiots were the "show horse" people. One particular idiot I remember had one of the best jumpers I have ever seen - this horse could clear 4 rails on a fence she was standing next to. Her owner would ride her into a lather, hose her off and put her in the stall wet. The horse hated being ridden by him so much that she learned to recognize his little VW and every time it turned into our driveway she would jump the fence and take off down the riding trails. It was hilarious!
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eyelashviper
In wilderness is the preservation of the world
08:12 PM on 05/13/2012
People who are serious about horses would never handle a horse as you described...there are people, in the "show" business who do it for the social status and are insensitive boobs. Most people who regularly participate in shows care about their horses and treat them well.
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teacupsmommy
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09:26 PM on 05/13/2012
Smart horse. If I were her, I would have thrown him.
06:44 PM on 05/13/2012
Animal abuse and exploitation..........Horse racing as well as dog racing should be banned completely. Shame on you, the owners of these majestic animals.....YOU are the guilty ones every time one of them gets fatally injured or, like in this case dies out there while the jockey is furiously whipping them to run to their death........Absolutely ABOMINABLE......while people profit from it!!!
06:34 PM on 05/13/2012
The sport of kings - I bet that horse had drugs in his system - they kill horses for the insurance money. These animals along with grey hounds and riding bulls, is all about money.
07:45 PM on 05/13/2012
so why is making money with horses a bad or evil thing. Why is it a bad or evil thing to raise bulls for rodeos. They get treated better then most cattle do.
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Prinann
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11:25 PM on 05/13/2012
Daphne Do you know why those bulls are so mad? They have their testicles tied and it HURTS. I don't think that is being 'treated better'.
10:03 PM on 05/13/2012
Yeah, like they don't drug test race horses after a race. Be serious.
06:29 PM on 05/13/2012
"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."

Written by Henry Beston
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eyelashviper
In wilderness is the preservation of the world
06:51 PM on 05/13/2012
Beautiful, thank you for posting this...fanned.
07:15 PM on 05/13/2012
You are welcome. Fanned back. A friend read it to me just the other day and she started crying towards the end. I am glad you like it too.
07:43 PM on 05/13/2012
and why is it a bad thing to raise rodeo bulls who get better care then most cattle and make money on them? why is it evil to make money on horses>
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eyelashviper
In wilderness is the preservation of the world
08:15 PM on 05/13/2012
Making money on horses is not necessarily evil, but abusing, harming, or pushing them beyond their limits certainly is.
ezdeath
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06:13 PM on 05/13/2012
so the horse took its winning to a local strip club, spent thousands on skanky dancers and bad blow before having a heart attack.

sometime you can take the horse off the farm but you cant take the farm out of the horse