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19 April 2009 Issue

EXCUSES FOR HORSE RACING

* Horses love to race

Horses do love to race within reason but the fact remains that many of them, particularly in steeple chasing and three day eventing, are injured or even killed. By domesticating the horse we have made it largely dependent on us. We therefore have a responsibility to look after it and that includes not entering it in activities likely to cause it harm. It's rather like not letting children play with matches.

* Racing doesn't harm the horses

Racehorses are prone to a disease called exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH). It is characterized by the presence of blood in the lungs and windpipe of the horse following excessive exercise. An Australian study found 42% of 1,180 horses to be suffering from EIPH.

A large percentage of racehorses suffer from lameness. Fractures of the knee are common, so are ligament sprain, joint sprain, shin soreness and capritis.

Steeple chasing is designed to make the horses fall which sometimes results in the death of the horse either though a broken neck or an 'incurable' injury for which the horse is killed by a vet.

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