Everyday Cruelty in PA

A couple miscellaneous notes from PA:

At Parx Wednesday, Grit’n’grind, says the chart, “injured himself in the starting gate and was ordered a late scratch.” To be clear, not the industry’s fault – he “injured himself.” Grit, by the way, is 10, and this would have been his 85th race. He also, had he raced, would have been “For Sale” at the bargain-bin price of $5,000. Current exploiter/abuser: J. Guadalupe Guerrero.

At Penn last night, 3-year-old Our Ronny Alan “slammed hard” into another horse (Lookin Back Lucky), finished the race – though 33+ lengths back – and then was reported to have “bled.” Bled from the nostrils, that is. Pulmonary hemorrhage, that is.

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  1. I was JUST looking through the list of horses posted on the CANTER Pennsylvania website. Almost all have injuries, and one is even listed as “sore when walking”, but no diagnostics have been done as to why. So, for all we know, that poor horse may be walking on a fracture. They are also selling him for a measly $500. That should ensure him a good future! How many homes are available for a horse with unknown injuries and unknown future?? Good ol racing industry at its best.

    • Hi Marie, I’ve been to the CANTER Pennsylvania website, too (although not lately).
      I hate horseracing and have hated it for decades. I’m so grateful to Horseracing Wrongs for the important work they are doing, to abolish horse racing.

      Before adopting a horse, the horse should always be vet checked. Unless a rider has the skills to train a horse not trained, while a former raced horse may be sound (unusual but I think a few are), raced horses have been trained to gallop, which is what they have been brainwashed to do..

      • Some people turn a horse that has been raced out to pasture for about a year before attempting any retraining.

      • Horses off the track are not “trained”, they are “brainwashed” to run, as Margaret said.That is all their so called trainers are interested in. Plus, inflicting pain with the whip is part of this process…
        Many times it takes a lot of patience, understanding and time to help the horse to adjust to a different set of expectations and unlearn undesirable habits.
        Unfortunately, I have experienced the lack of patience and time investment on the part some rehoming organizations when the horse presents a challenge. I was advised to put such a horse down. I took her back and she is now doing well.

  2. According to Colleen and many other apologists, the connections would be/are just devastated. Yeah, right.
    They need to take responsibility for their own misdeeds and actions. They need to have the capacity to actually care about what they are doing to the horses and take responsibility that forcing horses into this existence of servitude causes harm and death to horses.
    These die-hard horse-abusers need to be willing to change their own behavior. Their mentality is to blame the victim and move on, onto their next equine victim.

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