Racehorse Awareness

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the welfare and safety of racehorses?
(Check all that apply)

Injury rates
Medication/steroid issues
Shoeing/hoof care
Environment and lifestyle
Trainer and handler education and licensing
Genetic durability

Total votes cast: 2798

Comments & Write-in Answers

horses are raced too young and bones are fraglie dgil eluilal

4/1/2008 12:08:59 AM

what about the welfare of ex-race horses?

3/31/2008 10:22:48 PM

They are forcing them to run full out while they are too young. It's not natural or healthy.

3/31/2008 8:59:53 PM

All above. In Austr. too many foals bred each year & too many "wasted" ie killed race bred horses

3/31/2008 7:59:57 PM

I worked at the race track and I have seen these horse beaten, abused, drugs given to run faster

3/31/2008 6:52:12 PM

the horses are valuable they will be taken care of

3/31/2008 4:45:55 PM

Finding good homes & second careers for retired racehorses - rescue & retraining.

3/31/2008 12:11:43 PM

Race horses should be bred as a whole animal, not just for speed

3/31/2008 10:44:52 AM

Horse Racing should be banned - it's cruel

3/31/2008 9:18:31 AM

Lots of trainers out there.. but very few horsemen.

3/31/2008 8:31:58 AM

I have an ex-race horse and when i received her she was scared skinny and could not pick up her feet

3/30/2008 11:36:35 PM

where they will end up after they retire/finish racing

3/30/2008 10:54:17 PM

as long as money is involved, the animals welfare will be secondary to profit!

3/30/2008 10:29:51 PM

they hand out trainers licences like popcorn at the county fair then they want you money to wager??

3/30/2008 8:17:40 PM

Other: Horse's after race carrier. Finding homes qualified to handle x-racehorses.

3/30/2008 7:26:20 PM

Loss of humane regulated slaughter in the US is the worst thing for all US horses' welfare.

3/30/2008 6:25:24 PM

Retirement for racehorses is a very pressing issue. Breeders/owners could set up a retirement fund.

3/30/2008 5:51:18 PM

What happens to them when they can no longer race.

3/30/2008 5:28:53 PM

These horses have too much stress on joins @ early age.

3/30/2008 4:58:47 PM

the horses are to young to race

3/30/2008 1:08:09 PM

safe home upon retirement

3/30/2008 1:04:44 PM


3/30/2008 9:56:58 AM

We dont' put young children in rigorous physical training, so why do we do it to horses?

3/30/2008 9:08:45 AM

Life after the track - so many are discarded used milk cartons by uncaring owners

3/30/2008 7:36:39 AM


3/30/2008 1:36:35 AM

the early agae at which they are raced is the biggest risk to their health.

3/30/2008 12:31:23 AM

are in stalls most of the time, lack of ground manners lead to uncontrollable horse

3/30/2008 12:22:27 AM

horses worked too hard, too young

3/29/2008 11:27:39 PM

The fact that they are throwaway horses if they are injured or slow.

3/29/2008 8:48:02 PM

racing horses TOO YOUNG

3/29/2008 5:39:46 PM

track surfaces need to be addressed

3/29/2008 5:38:55 PM

The amount of injuried racehorses going to slaughter!

3/29/2008 4:15:19 PM

the fact that they run babies before there bones are set

3/29/2008 11:37:27 AM

owners pressuing trainers to compete

3/29/2008 10:43:20 AM

they run too young

3/29/2008 10:42:34 AM

Too young,waiting >1 yr for everything would help

3/29/2008 10:12:13 AM

Are multiple issues. Age training starts, injuries, med/steroid use, envionment lifesyle all problem

3/29/2008 8:58:20 AM

The MOST important issue in my opinion is the moronic age at which they start "training"

3/28/2008 11:41:10 PM


3/28/2008 10:21:59 PM

After race career life

3/28/2008 9:51:56 PM

Horses are not disposable items. Look at what happened to Barbaro.

3/28/2008 9:14:59 PM

racing too young; overbreeding

3/28/2008 5:35:45 PM

exercising a young horse is a good thing, racing them is not. give them a chance to grow.

3/28/2008 5:32:07 PM

they start/work them too young

3/28/2008 4:39:08 PM

Racehorse people are flooding the market with too many horses. They race them too young .

3/28/2008 12:39:52 PM

I should be illegal to race/compete immature horses!

3/28/2008 11:41:40 AM

Starting them too young

3/28/2008 10:04:23 AM

Long toe-under run heel has become so common on the track many think that is normal

3/28/2008 9:45:00 AM

Stop racing them so young and you will have sounder horses, less problems.

3/28/2008 9:24:48 AM

Race horse"rescuers" enable the owner and breeders to keep the cycle of poor training and breakdowns

3/28/2008 9:12:10 AM

post track career prospects of quality life

3/28/2008 8:49:03 AM

I think that the industry is trying to break these yo horses to without them being physically ready

3/28/2008 8:24:03 AM

Greed. Breeding for disposable horses.

3/28/2008 8:16:30 AM

Injuries & slow performance appear to lead to the auctions, then chance of slaughter

3/28/2008 7:16:58 AM

working young horses too hard before bones are fully deveolped

3/28/2008 7:12:41 AM

running too young resulting in breakdowns

3/28/2008 7:08:26 AM

TB's are trained WAY too early in life - that's why they break down. Making money comes b4 health

3/28/2008 6:34:48 AM

i think the horses are too young to be racing and the industry doesnt care about the horses at all.

3/28/2008 6:32:05 AM

I hold 3 TXRC Lic./ Race Horses in general are started way too young !!!!

3/28/2008 3:33:45 AM

Care of horses when their racing/breeding career is over.

3/28/2008 3:28:20 AM

what they do after racing.....

3/28/2008 12:48:41 AM

The horses are raced as babies! Is it any wonder the injury rate is so high?

3/28/2008 12:16:19 AM

The pressing issue is what happens to the poor horses who don't make it and aren't adoptable!!!

3/27/2008 11:56:47 PM

starting them too early. Wait till they are 3 y/o to start. They will last longer in life.

3/27/2008 11:24:05 PM

track conditions

3/27/2008 11:07:10 PM

These horses are started too young. They can't possibly be developed by 18 months.

3/27/2008 9:41:22 PM

all of the above and they shouldn't be raced until they are at least four

3/27/2008 9:15:36 PM

racehorses life better than bkyd pets,been there done that

3/27/2008 9:08:51 PM

Too often it's about the money with little regard for God's majestic creature, the horse.

3/27/2008 8:22:17 PM

i think they are started too young

3/27/2008 8:11:38 PM

someone needs to take responsibility for all of these horses who break down/aren't fast enough!

3/27/2008 8:10:02 PM

Findnig suitable homes for them after they retire

3/27/2008 7:47:08 PM

What happens to the horses that don't "make it"

3/27/2008 7:46:31 PM

being sold to auction

3/27/2008 7:40:36 PM

Disposability and lack of responsibility.

3/27/2008 7:40:23 PM

as well as bacis care

3/27/2008 7:29:11 PM

As I see it, the biggest problem is what to do with all the rejects that don't make it on the track.

3/27/2008 7:20:58 PM

Life after racing

3/27/2008 7:05:48 PM

These horses should not be ridden until they are at least 4 years old!

3/27/2008 6:56:06 PM


3/27/2008 6:43:39 PM

TBs do not hold up as well as they used to. Bone is not as heavy as it was. Racing to young.

3/27/2008 6:20:37 PM

They are being pushed to fast without proper conditioning earlier in life.

3/27/2008 6:16:22 PM

Education from qualified and experienced teachers will help prevent all of the above problems.

3/27/2008 6:14:58 PM

I think the horses are started too young, while joints and bones are still forming.

3/27/2008 5:55:35 PM


3/27/2008 5:50:21 PM

Horses is my love, I can't stand to see them mistreated. They are an independant animal.

3/27/2008 5:49:17 PM

All of the above

3/27/2008 5:45:29 PM

retirement options!

3/27/2008 5:30:27 PM

Should not be raced until bones are more mature

3/27/2008 3:54:11 PM

As always the root of all evil is money. People are more concerned with profit than humaneness

3/27/2008 3:02:56 PM

Throw away thoroughbreds is a pressing issue for racing.

3/27/2008 1:37:01 PM

It needs to be mandatory to make it a rule of thumb to retrain races horses instead of waste talent!

3/27/2008 1:21:51 PM

i think way to much med's. What did they do before we got our hands on them???

3/27/2008 1:14:03 PM

I say injury rates first - because many times use of meds masks early injuries, so includes that

3/27/2008 1:07:28 PM


3/27/2008 12:15:49 PM

people ignorant in the physical and mental welfare and care of the horse have control of so many

3/27/2008 11:58:13 AM

I have seen too much abuse of TB's

3/27/2008 11:56:32 AM

Disposability and the problem of unwanted horses

3/27/2008 11:23:09 AM

Racing surfaces, not utilizing diagnostics to check horses' legs/heart (ultra sound,etc.)toe grabs

3/27/2008 11:23:09 AM

What happens to the retired horse? Not enough retirement farms for the horse who cannot be used.

3/27/2008 10:53:55 AM

Better trained horsemen make better decisions re: all these issues.

3/27/2008 10:21:43 AM

"throwaway" horses--a high percentage

3/27/2008 10:09:15 AM

Those who don't make the grade can end up in a tin !

3/27/2008 9:32:15 AM

what happens to them when they can't race due to injury

3/27/2008 9:04:02 AM

Track surfaces and maintenance along, as well as trainer useage of meds to train

3/27/2008 8:52:54 AM

euthanasia rates

3/27/2008 8:44:07 AM

too intensive work for such young animals-all for the almighty dollar

3/27/2008 7:23:34 AM

What happens to these horses when an unsuccessful racing career is over? Neglect & starvation. Few g

3/27/2008 6:53:46 AM

RACING as it is practiced is HARMFUL to horses. They run them too hard, too young, period.

3/27/2008 3:04:09 AM

started to young when knees aren't closed and bones soft

3/27/2008 1:06:28 AM

non-horse person owner education

3/27/2008 12:26:20 AM

Riding horses at too young an age! This affects most of the other problems.

3/27/2008 12:04:32 AM

The use of toe grabs in the US. AU does not have them.

3/26/2008 11:31:56 PM

Starting their racing careers at too young an age.

3/26/2008 11:27:20 PM

inconsistant surfaces are a major reason for breakdowns,yet there is no training for care

3/26/2008 11:14:43 PM

Can anyone convince me horse racing is good for horses?

3/26/2008 10:50:56 PM

being pushed at such a young age

3/26/2008 10:36:52 PM

racing them too young!

3/26/2008 10:33:44 PM

The industry needs to look at what to do with these horses after their racing career.

3/26/2008 10:30:08 PM

d unsound-THAT IS GREED. Standards must be kept high

3/26/2008 10:11:11 PM

oiver breeding to get the one that can race and dump the rest

3/26/2008 9:55:10 PM


3/26/2008 9:20:28 PM

I think they start training at to young of age

3/26/2008 9:14:09 PM

Are they trying to race horses that are immature?????

3/26/2008 8:24:59 PM

Having more adoption after racing career.

3/26/2008 8:08:12 PM

Not haveing slaughter limits the care received by a lot of horses that deserve a better end.

3/26/2008 7:08:38 PM

pressing issue - life after racing

3/26/2008 6:28:59 PM

The fact that these horses are broken in and raced at such a young age. 2 yo are still growing!

3/26/2008 5:56:59 PM

where they end up when no longer wanted

3/26/2008 5:53:44 PM


3/26/2008 5:47:58 PM

unwanted horses

3/26/2008 5:14:30 PM

Racing too young

3/26/2008 5:05:42 PM


3/26/2008 4:45:14 PM

too many injuries b/c horses started too young

3/26/2008 4:43:35 PM

They start to young!

3/26/2008 4:27:37 PM

I think that they are started too young.

3/26/2008 4:20:15 PM

responsible breeding. Less breeding.

3/26/2008 4:08:05 PM

The most pressing issue is what happens to them when they are no longer winners.

3/26/2008 3:57:29 PM

What to do with retired race horses

3/26/2008 3:44:29 PM

Greed taking precedence over the safety of the horse.

3/26/2008 3:37:50 PM

starting horses too young

3/26/2008 3:37:23 PM

more $ needs to trickle down to the lower levels for the good of all the sport

3/26/2008 3:30:46 PM

A lot of the other issues would be elimated if trainers would adopt better proven training methods

3/26/2008 3:29:51 PM

overbreeding - people are in it for the money, not the horses

3/26/2008 3:15:06 PM

The "throw away" mentality when one is no longer suited for work as a racehorse.

3/26/2008 3:09:50 PM

too young when worked hard

3/26/2008 3:05:52 PM

These horses are asked to work with too much weight years too soon.

3/26/2008 3:02:00 PM

TB legs are at a greater risk of break down.I think the 2 year old class should b more reg/stoped

3/26/2008 2:51:40 PM

Funding for retired horses

3/26/2008 2:47:17 PM

Maybe if horses were started a year later, there would be less "breakdowns"

3/26/2008 2:44:20 PM

What do we expect when racing creatures who are not physically mature enough for the stresses!

3/26/2008 2:36:34 PM

too many end up slaughtered

3/26/2008 2:20:11 PM

Because of economics they are put to work too young and not allowed to mature somewhat

3/26/2008 2:16:18 PM

The biggest challenge facing racehorses is finding a safe and productive life AFTER post-career

3/26/2008 2:11:45 PM


3/26/2008 2:08:20 PM

New blood BADLY needs to be added. Throughbreds are becoming badly interbred!

3/26/2008 2:05:16 PM

Overbreeding and too many cheap, unwanted and discarded ex-racehorses.

3/26/2008 1:33:41 PM

Racing to young. My barrel racing horses start at 5 and are winning in their 20s

3/26/2008 1:30:18 PM

imhumane to run horses before knees close!

3/26/2008 1:20:05 PM

life after racing

3/26/2008 1:05:50 PM

why do they think they have to ride and race babies who don't even have solid bones yet??

3/26/2008 1:01:46 PM

I dislike how the horses aren't even full grown when they race.

3/26/2008 12:55:36 PM

TBs are the 2nd most slaughtered with QH 1st. Stop it!!

3/26/2008 12:47:23 PM

young age disgraceful

3/26/2008 12:44:32 PM

After career homing. too many shipped to slaughter

3/26/2008 12:40:34 PM

they are started racing waaay too early, when they're not even halfway done growing

3/26/2008 12:40:14 PM

Finding a safe home when retired.

3/26/2008 12:38:59 PM

age at which they start training

3/26/2008 12:32:34 PM

I think age is a huge factor. They run too young.

3/26/2008 12:27:21 PM

racehorses are a disposable market. If you can't run your gone. Owners want fast horses They cull

3/26/2008 11:57:22 AM

was track groom for yrs. lifestyle for people + horses high stress lack of turnout starting too youn

3/26/2008 11:51:39 AM

Most pressing issue: Two-and-three-year-olds are not mature enough physically to race!!!

3/26/2008 11:49:41 AM

Surplus of used up or unwanted racehorses

3/26/2008 11:41:13 AM


3/26/2008 11:34:06 AM

Legeslative support for a profitable livelyhood for trainers.

3/26/2008 11:29:46 AM

the glut of horses not fast enough to make it as a race horse - what happens to them?

3/26/2008 11:26:45 AM

Horses are being raced too young

3/26/2008 11:22:56 AM

Also related to injury is what becomes of the horse once they leave racing.

3/26/2008 11:05:47 AM

Forcing YOUNG horses to stress their bodies too far, which causes problems that last their lifetime.

3/26/2008 10:55:07 AM

TB should not be started as early as they are. It should be against the rules to start them and rac

3/26/2008 10:33:48 AM

These animals are just kids we expect a lot from.

3/26/2008 10:33:41 AM

lack of retirement / exit strategy for horses

3/26/2008 10:32:13 AM

Race horses are still treated as money makers only not living beings. Im a lic trainer.

3/26/2008 10:32:02 AM

I believe the most important issue is what to do with these horses after their careers are over!

3/26/2008 10:31:29 AM

low quality breeding resulting in an overabundance of low quality animals

3/26/2008 10:18:35 AM

Numbers bred vs number that make it to the track

3/26/2008 10:11:17 AM

Over breeding causing a glut in market during a bad economy

3/26/2008 10:05:18 AM

I think racing should be banned. 2 year olds running marathons, makes no sense to me!!

3/26/2008 10:03:35 AM

overbreeding and finding homes for retired horses

3/26/2008 10:00:30 AM

Need to delay racing till the age of 4. There should be no racing of 2 & 3 yr. olds, need to develop

3/26/2008 9:41:46 AM

Options for life after racing.

3/26/2008 9:41:14 AM

The racing industry needs to focus more on the welfare of the horses.

3/26/2008 9:36:42 AM

Most important is the horse's fate AFTER it is retired. Plan for this before breeding!

3/26/2008 9:16:02 AM


3/26/2008 9:16:00 AM

Too many drugs are being used on these horses that cannot be detected by current technology.

3/26/2008 9:15:49 AM

unwanted racehorses is a bigger problem

3/26/2008 9:13:02 AM

The training of horses that are not mature is the most pressing issue, imo.

3/26/2008 9:04:01 AM

Proper Retirement of Race Horses

3/26/2008 8:49:04 AM

Age, wait till they are OLDER! Babies shouldn't be raced, but allowed to grow & mature.

3/26/2008 8:46:49 AM

Overbreeding ~ no place for the old retired horses to go!

3/26/2008 8:45:06 AM

the perception by too many owners/handlers that the horses are a disposable means to an end

3/26/2008 8:39:10 AM


3/26/2008 8:38:52 AM

racing them too young before they are fully developed

3/26/2008 8:34:18 AM

Too many horses being bred

3/26/2008 8:31:54 AM

life after no longer competitive at the track

3/26/2008 8:24:38 AM

horses are trained and raced too young for their bodys to handle the stress!

3/26/2008 8:24:14 AM

Biggest issue is that horses are competed before skeletal maturity at age 6.

3/26/2008 8:23:41 AM

They start them way too young, their bones don't even have time to mature that is most causes injury

3/26/2008 8:16:25 AM

They are started WAY TOO young!!

3/26/2008 8:06:51 AM

over breeding and dumping thousands of "used" horses to suffer so folks can make a buck on a flutter

3/26/2008 7:57:46 AM

What do you do with them after there racing days are over?

3/26/2008 7:52:04 AM

Far too many being bred that shouldn't.

3/26/2008 7:51:07 AM

ALL these issues are pressing

3/26/2008 7:47:15 AM

I think they work the horses to hard, to early

3/26/2008 7:46:44 AM

Selection for unsoundness, i.e.e, selection for speed only

3/26/2008 7:28:40 AM

numbers of unsuccessful, unwanted horses

3/26/2008 7:16:53 AM

racing at 2 and 3 years old

3/26/2008 7:09:02 AM


3/26/2008 7:05:02 AM

# of people and horses involved in racing needs to decline

3/26/2008 5:54:31 AM

what will happen to the horse when it is no longer able to race

3/26/2008 5:38:46 AM

They need all the help they can get. Welfare of retired racehorses should be a priority

3/26/2008 5:38:22 AM

horses being sent to slaughter after racing

3/26/2008 4:51:12 AM

joint damage, riding there legs to hard at too young!!!!!

3/26/2008 3:38:27 AM

TB halter, improve shoeing and trained staff would be very important to achieve less injuries

3/26/2008 3:16:07 AM

i own a racehorse and I made sure he went to a good trainer and an excellent stable. He is a king.

3/26/2008 3:11:27 AM


3/26/2008 2:42:45 AM

over breeding and the number of race horses going to slaughter is a very important issue.

3/26/2008 2:33:10 AM

Um, AGE and racing too young???? hello!!!

3/26/2008 2:21:58 AM

Not much of a life for many of them during racing careers or after.

3/26/2008 2:10:53 AM

They need to stop working FOALS! Maybe then they won't shatter bones simply galloping later in life!

3/26/2008 1:10:00 AM

Post-retirement re-training & adoption/rehoming.

3/26/2008 1:01:56 AM

Race horses are put to work long before their bodies are mature enough to handle the physical stress

3/26/2008 12:54:59 AM

breaking down on the track, which should never happen

3/26/2008 12:48:04 AM

We need more fans.

3/26/2008 12:18:04 AM

Racing animals too young and medicating for "soundness" ruins animals. Needs changing.

3/26/2008 12:05:25 AM

We have lost touch with what is good for horses and sound competition practices are.

3/25/2008 11:44:03 PM


3/25/2008 11:43:21 PM

I am opposed to racing horses as 2yr olds. Their bones aren't ready and it uses them up too fast.

3/25/2008 11:38:00 PM

They're pushed too hard, too young. Their first races should be at 3, not 2.

3/25/2008 11:21:21 PM

Training and Racing horses that are too immature physically to withstand the stress.

3/25/2008 11:18:03 PM

actually, I think it is over breeding.

3/25/2008 11:09:00 PM

Where knowledge ends, violence begins... Too many old fashioned ideas prevail at race tracks.

3/25/2008 11:06:05 PM

Over production as in most breeds.

3/25/2008 10:51:39 PM

They need to be considered as living animals not disposable.

3/25/2008 10:48:37 PM


3/25/2008 10:36:11 PM

Their bones are not even fully developed when they begin racing...ridiculous

3/25/2008 10:33:50 PM

Management of what happens to the ones that aren't winners

3/25/2008 10:30:36 PM

Most important is a 2nd career after the track

3/25/2008 10:26:37 PM

an excess of horses that get dumped on the market when they aren't competitive

3/25/2008 10:22:40 PM

Raced too young (2-3 yr olds)

3/25/2008 10:15:52 PM

Racing the horses a bit older may help?

3/25/2008 10:07:18 PM

I think racehorses are started to young and pushed harder than their bodies and minds are ready for

3/25/2008 10:04:49 PM

Starting them way too young, & not breeding for soundness

3/25/2008 9:52:53 PM

futurities at 3yrs, derbies at 4

3/25/2008 9:52:37 PM

post-racing placement in homes with the proposed ban on slaughter as a viable means of disposal

3/25/2008 9:46:34 PM

track safety, overuse of drugs, racing horses too old to race, not enough rest between races,whiping

3/25/2008 9:46:13 PM

Horses are started too young. It's a money sport without concern for the animal.

3/25/2008 9:45:33 PM

Contributing to the unwanted horse population

3/25/2008 9:38:52 PM

Lay them up until they're healthy enough to race drug-free. Breakdowns will then drop.

3/25/2008 9:37:48 PM

I think the ONE major issue I have always had is the age at which these horses are started.

3/25/2008 9:35:35 PM

Injury/Meds/lifestyle. My horse(exracer) was raced and not feed over and over.Not rite meds given.

3/25/2008 9:35:04 PM

I think they are started WAY too young!!!

3/25/2008 9:33:16 PM

All of those pertaining to the health of horses in the face of this sport. You didn't mention deaths

3/25/2008 9:31:05 PM

2yr olds are too young, if racing started at 4 yrs, believe injuries would greatly diminish

3/25/2008 9:26:11 PM

Overbreeding; some horses can't race and need retraining and a market for them.

3/25/2008 9:25:49 PM

strating them too young, before their bones have finished forming.

3/25/2008 9:22:36 PM

This horses are started too young - a shame there are thousands retired at "6" yrs old!

3/25/2008 9:13:47 PM

two years old is to young to put the strain of racing on a horse.

3/25/2008 9:11:09 PM

racing them too young, before the bones and joints mature.

3/25/2008 9:06:48 PM

abusing medication is at the top of the list because injuries can come with ANY discipline

3/25/2008 9:05:22 PM

I think all horses should be allowed to live like horses: barefoot and out in herd 24/7

3/25/2008 9:01:10 PM

The industry needs to solve the problem of what happens to the horses when it can no longer race.

3/25/2008 8:59:09 PM

HUGE yearlings/hormones?, horses started way too soon. Need to revisit ages to race.

3/25/2008 8:54:25 PM

lack of proper training before tracking makes it harder to find them second carreerr

3/25/2008 8:50:59 PM

what happens to racehorses when they no longer race

3/25/2008 8:49:54 PM

All of the above

3/25/2008 8:38:36 PM

The age that they start the poor things. How about letting the body mature before riding them??????

3/25/2008 8:37:28 PM

poor/inadequate conditioning

3/25/2008 8:31:36 PM

Their retirement after racing, it's getting more attention but still needs more support.

3/25/2008 8:28:40 PM

AGE AGE AGE!! They are riding them when they are 1, they are too young!!!

3/25/2008 8:23:24 PM

Started too young

3/25/2008 8:23:11 PM

I think it's horrible when racehorses are no longer able to race and they just discard them!

3/25/2008 8:21:53 PM

Racing at TOO EARLY an age. Should not race beofre age 2!

3/25/2008 8:15:36 PM

Need to change age to start racing to at least 4yo.

3/25/2008 8:10:34 PM

Started way too young! Too many horses bred to get one winner. Lots destroyed.

3/25/2008 8:06:55 PM

I think pretty much all the above. But my biggest concern is they start those horses way too young.

3/25/2008 8:05:15 PM

Overbreeding & disposable after retirement - slaughter

3/25/2008 7:58:57 PM

starting too young

3/25/2008 7:56:02 PM

Concerns regarding the injury rates due to the work load of young horses

3/25/2008 7:54:02 PM

racing way too young!!

3/25/2008 7:48:14 PM

I think that horses should not be started until they are 3 and the Triple Crown races should be for

3/25/2008 7:45:09 PM

what happens to those who don't win

3/25/2008 7:41:18 PM

Starting to race at 2 is way too young!

3/25/2008 7:40:04 PM

all of the above, plus the industry itself.

3/25/2008 7:39:02 PM

Gambling - why dont they just do it with virtual horses in a computer program.

3/25/2008 7:38:40 PM

horses are no longer bred for conformation, thats why they break down

3/25/2008 7:23:23 PM

young horses are pushed to make money, genetic pools are getting smaller.

3/25/2008 7:19:52 PM

success at the horses expense is cowardly,thoughtless and selfish

3/25/2008 7:14:58 PM

No racing till the horses bones have all matured. Race only barefooted, never shoes.

3/25/2008 6:55:52 PM

no shoes would be better for soundness and less injuries. think they should ban horse shoes

3/25/2008 6:52:52 PM

There are many Thoroughbred breeders who knowingly breed unsound horses

3/25/2008 6:52:18 PM

My OTTB mare Kick and Howl survived 3 yrs on the track. Most horses are "run hard and killed "

3/25/2008 6:51:03 PM

to have him race. It ruins his life.

3/25/2008 6:48:35 PM

Where do all the x-racers go? Need homes.

3/25/2008 6:48:19 PM

They are ridden way too young. Not physically mature nor mentally.

3/25/2008 6:48:13 PM

Increase the minimum race age to 3; today they are raced too young!

3/25/2008 6:46:32 PM

Track surfaces and the use of synthetic track vs dirt.

3/25/2008 6:46:15 PM

In my experience, injury is the #1 cause of early retirement.

3/25/2008 6:44:34 PM

What happens to the horse after it is done with it's racing career?

3/25/2008 6:41:39 PM

What about all the "retired" racehorses???? Where do they go?

3/25/2008 6:40:45 PM

Too many horses being produced every year, with few places for them to go when their careers end.

3/25/2008 6:40:19 PM

where do all the unsuccessful horses go?

3/25/2008 6:37:02 PM

The puppy mill factor of excessive breeding of thousands with no plan of a lifelong committment

3/25/2008 6:35:47 PM

These horses are broken and raced way too young. We should follow the exammple of Australia.

3/25/2008 6:32:10 PM

This is an industry that produces way too many unwanted horses that end up at rescue farms.

3/25/2008 6:30:56 PM

Trainers need to learn to give time off....It's easy to train everyday.

3/25/2008 6:30:15 PM

They race them too young and they are used up and discarded at rescues (if they are lucky)

3/25/2008 6:30:11 PM

Financial pressure to run horses far too youn

3/25/2008 6:22:52 PM

Overbreeding, too many going to slaughter!

3/25/2008 6:20:31 PM

heaves is a big thing, I have had an expacer who was always heevy.

3/25/2008 6:20:19 PM

2 is too young, bred for one trait, speed

3/25/2008 6:18:36 PM

Too many horses breaking down on track

3/25/2008 6:17:22 PM

Early retirement of injured horses perpetuates fragile horses

3/25/2008 6:16:18 PM

Quality of life after racing. 100K slaughtered every year.

3/25/2008 6:16:15 PM

Worked too hard at a far TOO YOUNG age!

3/25/2008 6:12:38 PM

Starting these horses into trainging MUCH TOO YOUNG

3/25/2008 6:10:45 PM

All of the ABOVE!

3/25/2008 6:08:46 PM

The most pressing issue is that they are raced at all-cruel from start to finish!

3/25/2008 6:06:28 PM

Overuse and unnecessary use of drugs leads to abuse and sour horses.

3/25/2008 6:04:25 PM

horses working too young

3/25/2008 5:56:41 PM

The age at which they are broken an ridden should be made criminal-it causes long term complications

3/25/2008 5:56:06 PM

too many horses being bred, too many being destroyed

3/25/2008 5:54:54 PM

horses are started too young. Let their bones develop before racing them as 2 and 3 year olds.

3/25/2008 5:53:31 PM

track condition safety

3/25/2008 5:50:04 PM

There is no incentive to create a healthy environ only a fast horse. SLAUGHTER is the BIG issue

3/25/2008 5:48:53 PM

thea age that racing starts, if the horses were older there would be less physical problems overall.

3/25/2008 5:42:51 PM

This can be a very cruel industry

3/25/2008 5:42:28 PM

Seems to still be the abuse of steroids and other drugs

3/25/2008 5:40:36 PM

Stallions should NOT be producing 100+ foals a year. Breeding needs to be limited.

3/25/2008 5:35:07 PM

starting them too young

3/25/2008 5:33:50 PM

Age horses first run

3/25/2008 5:32:45 PM

horses are competing far too young

3/25/2008 5:32:40 PM

I think that we have to realize that we can't breed out soundness for more speed.

3/25/2008 5:32:13 PM

too much work too young

3/25/2008 5:29:00 PM

Being stalled 23 out of 24 hours/day leads to the excessive number of injuries

3/25/2008 5:25:47 PM

Tragic to see them breakdown, durable ones can go on to make nice sport horses

3/25/2008 5:25:16 PM

Being sent to slaughter at the end of their careers

3/25/2008 5:25:15 PM

Breeding needs to be limited. Each year more horses are bred then are wanted if not track suitable

3/25/2008 5:24:05 PM

difficult to watch races where horses are injured frequently

3/25/2008 5:22:45 PM

These are babies being pressured as and adult. Sad the almighty $$ wins out over maturity!

3/25/2008 5:20:42 PM

I am appalled at how non-performing horses are discarded.

3/25/2008 5:20:40 PM

the footing that they run on and the age at which they are expected to compete

3/25/2008 5:19:09 PM

Disposable attitude of breeders!

3/25/2008 5:18:28 PM

responsibility for retired horses

3/25/2008 5:18:12 PM


3/25/2008 5:17:26 PM

moving from the track to a second career

3/25/2008 5:16:03 PM

I think it all is related to how young they are & that they're not fully formed yet.

3/25/2008 5:15:10 PM

Whatever are breeders doing????

3/25/2008 5:14:50 PM

Injuries not only take away the anticipation of racing, but also they devalue good horses.

3/25/2008 5:12:28 PM

As long as we race juveniles training, track injury, race surfaces are critical

3/25/2008 5:10:38 PM

the single bigges thing endangering racehorese is HUMAN GREED

3/25/2008 5:10:02 PM

What happens to the horses after racing?

3/25/2008 5:06:02 PM

TBs are a big accident waiting to happen, I should know, I own one. Love them, but not for amateurs.

3/25/2008 5:04:43 PM

What to do with the ones that don't make it

3/25/2008 5:03:21 PM

they start them too young

3/25/2008 5:02:16 PM


3/25/2008 5:00:24 PM

All of the above and OVER BREEDING

3/25/2008 5:00:22 PM

Racing horses that are too young & their bones are not fully developed.

3/25/2008 4:58:50 PM

I own 2 ex-racers, and injuries are the reason most are destroyed

3/25/2008 4:58:38 PM

track surfaces

3/25/2008 4:55:50 PM

Slaughter is the most pressing issue by far! Too many retired TBs wind up at the slaughter house.

3/25/2008 4:51:36 PM

They are started way too young--before their knees are closed and leg bones are mature!

3/25/2008 4:51:01 PM

The production of throwaway horses with no plan for their lives after racing.

3/25/2008 4:49:55 PM

The policy of starting colts at 1 & 2 yrs old is just short of cruelty!! They need to be mature!

3/25/2008 4:47:10 PM

I think they should not race until they are 3yrs of age or Older, their bones are still developing

3/25/2008 4:46:12 PM

They should not race horses until their bones have had a chance to mature

3/25/2008 4:44:39 PM

Racing at too young an age!

3/25/2008 4:40:18 PM

Racing them so hard so young

3/25/2008 4:37:15 PM

racing before their bones have matured

3/25/2008 4:36:43 PM

Horses should be started after age 3, not before.

3/25/2008 4:34:12 PM

We're breeding soundness out of our horses, and then keeping them running with drugs. BAD NEWS!

3/25/2008 4:31:58 PM

overbreeding & resulting going to auction & being bought by kill dealers, crowded stockyards.

3/25/2008 3:54:17 PM

Also catastrohic injuries, post-racing life.

3/25/2008 2:33:23 PM

I think it is inhumane that they start these colts so young before bones are ready. Too much injury!

3/25/2008 1:43:13 PM

We need to control breeding.

3/25/2008 1:12:16 PM

Injuries could be kept to a minimum if racehorses weren't raced until they reached 3 yrs. of age.

3/25/2008 12:35:06 PM

Starting horse who are not fully developed. Much to young.

3/25/2008 12:32:35 PM

After retirement retraining and welfare

3/25/2008 12:29:47 PM

the retirement issue

3/25/2008 12:16:11 PM

It seems as though thoroughbreds are not as sound as they used to be, they don't last as long.

3/25/2008 12:05:22 PM

too many horses are fatally injured these days; medications need to be monitored more closely

3/25/2008 12:03:44 PM

Retirement and retraining

3/25/2008 11:44:53 AM

As horse properties give way to development, horses are kept in more unnatural conditions.

3/25/2008 11:18:37 AM

Horse mature at 5 years. To start racing before that age is not giving the horses to be thier best.

3/25/2008 10:24:59 AM

Feeding, care, and medical care.

3/25/2008 10:00:57 AM