Cherry, my thoroughbred, by all accounts was a successful race horse.
After her career was over – by what we suspect was a severe injury – she was bred from. She had her foal and shortly after she was put in the sales.
The reality of these sales is horrendous, they are extremely stressful places for horses. Who knows their fate when in these places?
Meat men, dealers, and the odd person looking to give another horse a chance are all in attendance. Who ends up buying them and how their life will unfold is pot luck!
The sales mean, owners and breeders are surreptitiously able to off load horses legally without prejudice or responsibility.
This is indicative of today’s throwaway society.
The racing industry does have a regulative body; however, we all know this doesn’t always offer protection for the animals in which we expect.
There are always those that suffer the consequences of money-making exercises and, as this is an industry which proudly boasts is the ‘sport of kings’, they are there to make as much money as possible.
Killed on the race track
For the very few often well documented race horses who go onto have happy retirements, there are thousands which end up being euthanised because they are not good enough, injured which means they couldn’t race but could live out a long happy pain free life yet are not afforded that.
There are those who’s conformation is not good and potentially more likely to pick up injuries, and there are those that are killed on the race track.
If we really look into this industry all the way through, horses are assets which cost and if they are not earning their keep or cost the breeder/owners money their fate is not great.
This is an area we want to expose and get the true facts as to how many horses are bred for this industry and the reality behind the breeding program, along with harsh training and race day truth.
I believe if we knew the facts and we were able to document this, the industry would not be revered and supported as it currently is.
Some of the Cherry Horse Welfare International team will regularly visit horse sales, in an attempt to document and show the horrors which are the sales and just how many Thoroughbreds end up in these places.