“Mr Ward said it was time the industry honoured horses’ memory with a minute’s silence, rather than simply covering the scene with a green screen.”
That is the most thoughtful and respectful way to honour and remember the horses that have died for the sake of our entertainment…akin to the valour and the honour we have afforded to those men and women throughout history, to this day, who have been sent and killed in the name of peace and corporate acquisition. I am certainly not here to disrespect those of the past, horses or people alike, but simply offering a minute to remember those of the past does not make it acceptable to carry on with gruelling equestrian sports, or human wars for that matter.
If we really wanted to honour horses (and wo/men) we would endeavour to put an end to unnecessary cruelty and punishment endured at the request of others. My horse racing rant has fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, drawn a unsavoury parallel to a number of pointless patriarchal past-times. Horse specifically; If one was to do their own research, and I invite you to do so, in to the impacts of a number of conventionally held ‘must-dos’ such as shoes, bits and dominant, punishment-based methods of training one might just see that there are better and more harmonious ways to develop and maintain a relationship with horses.
As Peter Moody pointed out in his letter, (http://www.equestrianlife.com.au/…/An-open-letter-from-Pete…) “upwards of $35,000 per horse per year” is spent on “private vets, farriers and dentists to chiropractors and nutritionists” ensuring “nothing but the best” for their equestrian pals. He assures people it is not about the money. I personally think this is a load of bollocks and I am open to argument on this point but I would suggest that if one truly, deeply, cared and loved horses they would not treat them the way they do, in this industry. The same could be said about people!
I am certainly no horse expert but with the little knowledge I do have, and witnessed, there are far greater ways to respect and appreciate these powerful and symbolic animals than subjecting them to harsh conditions of equestrian spectator sports. I question whether or not a single thought has crossed the minds of the winner’s ,Perfectionist, owners or rider, who have just come in to an excessive amount of cash, for all horse’s well-being after Admire Rakti’s sudden death just minutes after the race end. Or is Admire Rakti, and the other 125 horses that have died this year from training and racing (in Australia alone), simply just another casualty, an unfortunate necessity, and that is just how it is?