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Re: [RC] the sport? - Truman Prevatt

Don't get me wrong here but the same argument can be made for cock fighting or dog fighting. It's not the sport it's the people that are participating in the sport. One needs to take great care that the sport has the safe guards that protect the participants. This is especially true when the participants are do not have a choice - the horses in an endurance ride for example.

What does it say about the sport when the lesser die trying? The sport most certainity has a responsibility to the horses involved otherwise if it doesn't live up to that responsibility is it any different from other sports where animals die - that are now illegal in most of the US?


terre wrote:

Greenalls wrote:

I watched a horse die of heat exhaustion (the autopsy is not complete, but nothing else showed up) last weekend. I watched the whole thing. The sport killed the horse. Spain...same thing. Pan Ams, the same thing.

Gee, I don't think so. Actually, I think the riders killed these horses. The difference between the horses that die and the ones that don't isn't "the sport"--it's the riders. You could have five mile loops with hour holds--and some people would still manage to ride their horses to death. As long as experienced riders, who know what they are doing, are prepared to risk the consequences of riding 'on the edge', there is no place you can put the edge where they won't find it.



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[RC] the sport?, terre