Another Pubescent Racehorse Dies a Painful Death

Mountain Climber was euthanized at Finger Lakes yesterday for “unresolved laminitis.” He was just two and had been raced twice; in his final race, in September, he finished 34+ lengths back, and was said to have been “fractious loading.” “Fractious,” perhaps, because his pubescent body had already begun to break down?

Vile. Horseracing.

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  1. This is not horsemanship. This is abuse of a young, underdeveloped colt that should never have been anywhere near a racetrack.
    But this is horseracing, so throw horsemanship out the window and abuse the horses to death.
    Horseracing Is Animal Cruelty!

  2. How does a horse get laminitis? Another example of a poor creature at the mercy of a collection of hardcore soul-less abusers. How the animals suffer in silence while their tormentors come in and out with their needles, their chemicals, their additives, their straps, whips…

    • Sadly, only too easy to get laminitis from the huge amount of grain / sweet feeds that most race horses are fed on a daily basis as well as being kept in a stall 23 hours a day. When we used to work at the track almost every horse was fed 12# to 15# of grains a day with maybe 15# or 20# of hay daily in a hay net or fed in a corner of the stall. Way out of balance between concentrates & forages fed. In our 45+ years of working with & feeding many differing breeds of horses have never had one founder or have laminitis.

      • Exactly, fredjoan.
        And especially the confinement.
        I noticed that the winner of the Melbourne Cup the other day showed signs on his hooves of appearing to have had a laminitis event about 4 months ago when he was in the UK. Got here 3 months ago.
        I read somewhere that he’d also had an abcess on one of his feet not long ago.
        Beautiful horse.

  3. Give me a moment to hurl — the horrific abuse and death inflicted on these Horses by the owners, the trainers, the jockeys — have you NO SHAME — STOP the torture and cruel deaths.

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