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Is it ethical to continue to race horses?
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    • Jenny Lupton, Artist, equestrian President of a welfare association

    This article is heavily biased against racing. Not only just that he refers back to 14 years ago, when an unprecedented number of horses died at the Festival, he is cherry picking the bad news. Understanding the fatalities has to be about percentages of runners to fatalities to put fair perspective on the numbers.
    Racehorses have traceability, they are all chipped and registered with Weatherby's so easily identified, and every race run is televised to the public. There's not a single other equine discipline that does that.
    Given the failure of so many horses to make the grade because of unsoundness in the disciplines of show jumping, eventing and dressage, I suggest the author makes effort to find those numbers and percentages, and then compare. I'd also suggest he updates his knowledge regarding the husbandry of racehorses these days. The majority of yards use turnout, and the feeding is not quite as mediaeval as he seems to suggest. There are plenty of dressage yards where horses never leave the box except to be drilled in circles.
    Without the funding put into racing, and the research into the well being of racehorses, it's likely equine veterinary science would not be as advanced across the board as it is now.
    As the author's expertise seems to be based in canine, not equine fields, perhaps he could use his time and webspace to help stop dog fighting, to search out real welfare issues, rather than indulge some personal a...

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