Hank, a quarter horse, stays close to a fan to keep cool inside a barn at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Thursday in Springfield, Ill. Dangerously warm conditions are in the forecast for the Midwest over the next few days. Hank will participate this weekend in the Western American Quarter Horse Association Competition. Seth Perlman/AP.

Foto Friday: Hank the Quarter Horse keeping cool while he can

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“Hank, a quarter horse, stays close to a fan to keep cool inside a barn at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Thursday in Springfield, Ill. Dangerously warm conditions are in the forecast for the Midwest over the next few days. Hank will participate this weekend in the Western American Quarter Horse Association Competition. Image Credit: Seth Perlman/AP.” (Photo via the Christian Science Monitor).

Of course it wouldn’t occur to anyone to cancel at least some of the more strenuous events because of the heat or to competitors not take part. It would be so disappointing. Hank is no youngster either. -Ed.

3 thoughts on “Foto Friday: Hank the Quarter Horse keeping cool while he can”

  1. Agree with Gina – cancel. I’ve seen far too many TB racehorses suffer badly from heat stress and saw one die. At the very least, racing should be shut down for 6 weeks in the middle of summer and the same for winter. Personally, over the years I’ve been able to get a racing authority to cancel and re-schedule a meeting twice. From the day before to early next morning when negotiations failed, I contacted the local media and the RSPCA and let the racing authority know that they were on their way. Meeting was abandoned. Still they continue to force the horses to partake in high speed exercise in the terrible heat. When I worked in the industry I witnessed horses getting off transport dripping wet (trucks not air-conditioned) some been travelling for hours, only very occasionally would a vet find a horse not fit to race. Downright cruel and unacceptable.

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  2. Cancelling the entire event is better, and why do these organizers set-up these events on the hottest days of the month? DUH.
    In Toronto Canada, warnings all over the news for domestic pets to stay indoors only to go out for pottie.
    Yet, racehorses at Woodbine will continue to compete in this dangerous heat, over exerting their respiratory system, and possibly getting heatstroke for $2 bets.
    The physical demands of their performance well beyond the boundaries of safe possibly resulting in heatstroke.
    Yet, the industry must fill races, and turn profit.
    At Gulfstream in Florida temperatures exceeding 100 with humidity, and Florida is horribly humid for resting activities let alone running in a race.
    Yet, the horse racing industry continues to ignore these warnings or even have one ounce of compassion for these profit slaves.
    This is the dirty world of horse racing.

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    1. Yep, it’s brutal here in Ontario these past few days and to come, especially where I am today – 98 deg F for those not familiar with the metric system with the humidity factor taking it beyond 115 deg F. Rolling blackouts tonight here tonight due to the heat but hell ya, let’s run those horses. Shameful, greedy bunch of %%##$%%%s . Horse racing is the epitome of evil.

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