Every year on the first Saturday of May, thousands of spectators flock to Churchill Downs to witness America’s top thoroughbreds compete in the Kentucky Derby. It is a huge event filled with celebrities, fancy hats, and fast horses. However, behind all the glamour and glitz, horse racing is full of ethical problems. Over the years the issue of animal abuse has been brought up in the discussion of horse racing. Racehorses are frequently injured, and these injuries often lead to death. Many people are against these horses being forced to participate in activities that threaten their well-being. Along with concerns for the horses’ health, gambling is another popular issue people have with horse racing. It is a common practice for those attending
Imagine sitting on the bleachers cheering on the jockeys and their horses, but, multiple red flags are being set off. Thoroughbreds collapse on the ground from exhaustion and jockeys begin whipping the horses. This is no sport, this is a death run.
Rodeos are big events all over the country. Families come from all over to enjoy watching cowboys compete at the rodeos. While some people come to rodeos to document the abuse and harm that the cowboys are causing the animals. It is a big controversy whether rodeos are animal abuse or not. Animal rights activists are trying to stop rodeos from “abusing” animals, but they don’t know the extensive care that the animals are given.
TNSR continues with their explanation by stating, “During an event, a rider will trot our on their chosen horse, these include American Saddlebred, Tennessee Walking horse, Dutch Harness horses, or any horse with an upright head, animated gaits or high action, and trot around the arena. As a rider, you sit back far in the saddle and hold your hands high. This shows off your elegance and your control of the horse.” Now that you have learned a bit about the sport, we can now hear the opinions on if this activity is cruel or
Horses are bred for many different things like work, thickness of the body, speed, and color. Quarter horses got their name for being able to sprint fast in a quarter mile. They also are known for their powerful hindquarters. They originated in the United States.
Seeing all the trailers that were already there and trying to figure out where to park sometimes can be hectic. Sometimes the parking isn’t the greatest sometimes we have to park in the worst spots because of it being too crowded. After we get parked, we go look at the arena and we see if it’s muddy, dry, and see there is any banners or things that might scare our horses. See how the alley way is so we know what we have to do when coming into the arena to make out run. After we're done looking at the arena, we go and get signed up.
Eight Belles raced in the Kentucky Derby, and flew across the finish line in second place. However, due to the heavy physical work at such a young age, both of her ankles shattered moments after she crossed the finish line. Due to the Kentucky Derby being covered on national television, people began to see that horse racing isn’t all glamour. After mourning the loss of many young horses, I have come to the conclusion that the horse racing industry is corrupt. When working with horses, the number one priority should be the safety of the horse, but in the racing industry, it is winning.
Equestrian sports have been entertaining humans for centuries. Many of these sports have turned fun entertainment into a business. The focus has changed from having fun to making as much money as possible. In every equestrian sport, questionable things are done to train and get horses to their “best” potential. Equestrian sports should have stricter regulations and enforcement in order to ensure and maintain the safety of the horse.
What some people do not understand that these horses are loved so much. It doesn’t matter whether it is a barrel horse of rope horse. After they work, we pet them, give them treats, let them relax, and sometimes they get a massage or ice on their legs. Source A, “The Sport - the Life- of Rodeo” says, “Just like in basketball, there is a team. My team consists of my horses, my parents and everyone who helps me keep my horses working, including my vet ad my farrier, who shoes the horses,” (Pallesen).
There is a wide range of tools used in rodeos, but I’m only going to mention the most controversial. One tool that is highly debated in the rodeo and livestock business is called the cattle prod a.k.a the hot shot. The hot shot is a hand held tool that comes in many sizes like pocket sized ones to 5 foot long. The hot shots are battery powered and are used to move cattle. How it does that is by having a small amount of electricity pass through the tool and onto the animal.
First, the horses are bought from local sale auctions. Most people that take their horses to sell in their believe and hope that their horse is going to end up in a good home to be ridden, fed well, and treated as any other good pet should be treated(Transport to Slaughter-Humane Society). But reality is that they will more than likely be bought by a person called a kill buyer. Kill buyers go to auctions all over the country to buy horses that seem like they would make a good ration for consumption. This is where their long, tormenting journey to their agonizing death
So many organizations have tried bringing rodeos to a hault. Because they say it is a form of animal abuse. There is a organization (SHARK) which stands for showing animals respect and kindness. One other organization is called (PETA) ethical to animals. Both of these organizations have claimed that in no other sport are half the contestants forced to preform with flank straps, electric prods, raking
I know that there are many people who raise and love horses. There is always a need for people who are good with horses and know how to handle them. Many ranches are run only with horses. These big ranches need people who can keep the animals on the ranch healthy as well as help with the delivery of colts. Some of these ranches make their money by birthing and raising and selling horses.
Establishing leadership begins with Natural Horsemanship as a foundation. The safety concerns stated above will rarely present themselves in a horse that understands that humans are the leader. Clinton Anderson’s book, Establishing Respect and Control for English and Western Riders, gives demonstrations of Natural Horsemanship techniques that will establish and maintain a stable relationship between a horse and rider. In the field the horse needs to have a leader. A specific example in his book is the “Hula-Hoop Method,” This method teaches the horse that he must respect his owner’s personal space by making him back up with a whip unless he has been invited in.