The Dangers of Horse Racing

The horse racing track brings excitement, thrill and a perilous danger ignored by many. right from start to finish horse racing is dangerous. The horses are often given drugs to make the not feel pain and to run faster. These factors are not only bad for the horse but also for the jockey. If the horse cannot take it any longer it can buckle under the pressure and die on the spot or even in the middle of a race. For one, a horse collapsing after running at high speeds will cause the jockey to be violently thrown off the horse hitting the hard ground with a thump. to make things more dangerous the other focused riders whipping their horses to higher speeds will struggle to stop their horses if the jockey is in the middle of the grounds. This poses the threat of death by trampling or serious blows to the head that can result in brain injury or even comatose.

However, how many outsiders would never have said that horse racing is a dangerous sport until the year 2008, when during the Kentucky Derby a racing horse named Eight Belles broke both front legs while racing. This resulted in the horse being euthanized right on the racetrack in front of spectators. From this unsightly even onwards the American Congress did try to crack down on their horse racing safety standards, but according to 2012 reports at least 24 horses still due on American Race tracks. Ever wonder what happens to the human riding the injured racehorse?  Unfortunately, when horses go down so do their jockeys. The jockeys either hold on to the grips of the horse and risk being squashed by its weight or they can get pitched onto the track and get injured you the horses still racing at high speeds or by the impact itself.

The Dangers of Horse Racing

More jockeys get killed on the track by horse hooves to the head. Paralyzed after broken necks from the violent throws is a common occurrence leaving many jockeys often out on temporary disability. Why not stop all this trauma and hurt to humans who love riding horses and the innocent horses themselves? People must remember that horse racing is a business — a dangerous, money one, that often has not-so-nice aspects to it that people often ignore. Since the public’s watchful eye has increased it’s monitoring on the horse racing world, standards have somewhat improved, but people must remember that it is impossible to make horse racing a safe sport for either horses or their riders. Yes, many trainers, vets, and jockeys care deeply for their horses and conduct themselves to a high standard but the truth at the heart of it all is that the money aspect of horse betting will never be extracted and so the long-lived sport will live for longer. Even though horse racing continues to be one of the most dangerous sports in the US especially, with too many horses and humans being injured or killed on the tracks no change will come to industry without an outright public outcry against horse racing.