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Q: Looking for thoughts on Eight Belles especially from you horse people.

May 4, 2008 | By Percysmom | 12 answers | Expired: 2312 days ago

Percysmom

I have been upset by the loss of poor Eight Belles all day. Was she too young? Obviously she must have had stress fractures. I've heard talk that perhaps the track needs to be softer along with other changes being made. I just wanted to see what others had to say.

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Leximou
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May 05, 2008

Race horses are bred for specific qualities - qualities that 'man' wants, not what is good for the horse. Look at what "man" has done to the popular dog of the time! Now think about carrying a 2000 pound body on legs with ankles that are no bigger than yours! I cry for the horse and I have nothing but distain for the breeders and their like. It has to stop somewhere. Animal usury is rampant, breeders are out of control with their 'wants' and the only one who pays for this is the animal.

There are reputable breeders, but, as long as the mighty dollar is involved, there are too many that would 'breed' for specifics instead of taking the animal into consideration first.

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Cupcake
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May 05, 2008

I think that the ages for racing in general are to young, but also Mare's (fillies) do not mature as fast as the colts do. There forth it is easier for their bones to break when pushed beyond her means. It is obvious to the horse when they are in discomfort and they show signs. If a rider ignores them you get a reaction like this. She was pushed to hard to fast and now suffered so people can make money on a sport. Some horses have the strength and some do not, but bottom line all racing damages the horse many horses that have been raced in such races cannot not be used in full duration of a horse trained properly for pleasure instead of Sport.

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Cynthia F.
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May 05, 2008

I heard this morning that there are 2 horses a day that are put down at race tracks, obviously this is a problem the breeders, owners and race tracks refuse to change (the track can be changed to be more race friendly for the horse but is expensive to make the changes and only a handful in the country have done so). I do not attend races for this reason and participate in no way towards racing of horses. A cruelty just like dog racing only the money means anything.

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