Animal Abuse In Equestrian Sports

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Horses are abused in many cruel ways in equestrian sports. Equestrian sports include horseracing, show jumping, dressage, and competitions that “celebrate” a horse’s breed. These practices supposedly improve performance, but they qualify as animal abuse and cruelty. Abuse in equestrian sports can be anything from soring to drug abuse to racing horses underage. For some reason, the natural beauty of horses is not good enough to many people. Sadly, horses are abused in racing all the time. PETA stated, “Horses are forced to sprint- often under the threat of whips and even illegal electric-shocking devices-at speeds so fast that they frequently sustain injuries and even hemorrhage from the lungs” ( For example, American Pharoah was struck with a whip at least thirty-two times during his Kentucky Derby win. Racehorses are also subjected to loads of different so called performance enhancing drugs. Many horses that are called “bleeders”, will bleed from their lungs, and as an attempt to decrease the bleeding, horses are given a drug called Lasix or Salix, which is a diuretic. Horses that live life on the race track are also victims of fatal breakdowns. Every week, an average of twenty-four horses experience fatal break downs or injuries while racing. For example, the famous dark gray filly, Eight Belles, ran the last race of her life when she had a fatal breakdown at the end of a race. Suddenly, she collapsed on the track and broke both of her front ankles. The injury

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