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• Melbourne Cup 2015: How old is too old? Each horse is different, but age did not weary Red Cadeaux
by Michael Lynch | The Sydney Morning Herald
When crowd favourite Red Cadeaux broke down in the Melbourne Cup and had to be taken for surgery on a leg injury, the outcry was predictable.
What on earth was he doing being run in such a competitive race at his age was the question on the lips of many people.
Surely at the age of nine (he was born in March, 2006, so by his UK birthdate that is how old he is) he should be in a paddock somewhere enjoying retirement. Weren’t his owners and trainers simply being greedy by forcing an aged horse to run quickly against much younger ones, putting an unfair stress on his elderly limbs, making the chance of such a breakdown inevitable?
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I hate it when people sit on the sidelines and dictate what is really going on with a horse. At least they are talking about it. Of course it will stop there. —Ed.
• Book Review: Saving Baby- How One Woman’s Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption
by Nicole M Arciello | Times Union
I’ve written here about horseracing many times. Just last week before the Breeder’s Cup, the sensationalized televised weekend event that showcases the glitz and glamour on the facade, yet preserves the animal cruelty and exploitation at its evil core, I put out a plea for readers to learn more. Much like the circus, and Sea World and other events that use animals to draw crowds, horseracing must be exposed for what it truly is, the exploitation of a voiceless species for human gain. And may I remind here, that whenever money and animals mix, the animals always lose. Read more » Buy the Book »
• Hawley rescue pledges to do better after horse’s death prompts outcry
by Adrian Glass-Moore | INFORUM
A horse named Lightning was big and strong when she arrived at a horse rescue here this year.
A family donated her to the Hightail Horse Ranch and Rescue to be used as a fundraiser horse, meaning the rescue could sell her for a good price and use the money to help other horses. But Lightning’s condition deteriorated in a matter of months of living at the rescue. Read more »
Horse rescues take on a huge challenge saving horses. It is a monumental task and takes a monumental effort. We understand that. We do. The point of including this article here is it that outlines some of the mistakes — sometimes fatal — rescuers must be on the lookout for. We are here to educate, not judge. —Ed.
• ICYMI: Million Mask thugs burned and cut police horses and tried to gouge eyes out with sticks
by Oli Smith | Daily Express Newspaper
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe called the rioters at the Million Mask protest “despicable” and said that the violence specifically targeted the helpless animals.
Police horses were treated by vets after they had their legs sliced with broken shards of glass and sticks rammed into their eyes. Highpowered lasers, capable of blinding, were also targeted on the animal’s eyes. Officers also confirmed that fireworks were used on the animals in an attempt to burn them.
Hundreds of masked protesters rampaged through London on Thursday night when the chaotic annual march turned violent. Four police officers were left injured in the attacks as well six horses. Read more »
Featured Image: RED CADEAUX racing at York racecourse, England. Source: Getty Images (144722295)