Attending horse racing may seem a fun activity to have a drink with friends, bet and enjoy the excitement of watching horses run. But behind racing's glamorous image, horses suffer. Jumps racing, in particular, has a high rate of death and injury. Horses are being pushed to jump fences at speed while surrounded by many other horses.
Injuries sustained when horses fall or hurtle into the jumps or barriers can be horrific. Their bodies are powerful but also delicate. Bones can shatter into tiny pieces, making recovery impossible. Hence injured horses are usually killed. Even when injuries are less severe, owners are often reluctant to invest when it is unlikely the horse will race again.
New Zealand horses die on our shores and overseas - many are sent to Australia. Horse racing is a profit driven industry where the animals are typically seen as expendable. Punters are literally gambling with animals’ lives. Horses deemed too slow to compete are literally discarded and replaced, many of them being sent to the slaughterhouse.