Horse racing is an extremely dangerous sport for both horse and rider. However, these horses receive the best care and the best racehorses enjoy what they do. Despite this, there is no escaping the horrible, often fatal injuries which occur on the track.
There was a horrible accident at my last shift at the racetrack. Just before the finish line a horse broke its leg and caused too much damage to recover, so sadly it has put out of its misery.
It is very sad and quite traumatic to see. However, I felt like it was important to explain the silver lining of this event, before the horse just became a number on Animal Aid.
The ground team did an amazing job responding to the accident. Just minutes after the accident, the horses suffering was ended.
I feel it is important to emphasize how impressive this is. These injuries can happen in other equine disciplines, but it is unlikely that the ground crew would be able to act so quickly or effectively.
So although these accidents are terrible, I think we should try to remember that racehorses have the best health care and any suffering is quickly addressed and resolved in the best way possible for the horse.