Horse racing must do away with tongue-ties

A horse's mouth is opened wide for the application of a tongue-tie.

Tongue-ties are banned in most non-racing sports by the international governing body of equestrian sports, Federation Equestre Internationale, so you will not see them in events like show-jumping, dressage and eventing. Tongue-ties are used in horse racing around the world in varying degrees, and require no veterinary oversight. A tongue-tie is a large elastic band… Continue reading Horse racing must do away with tongue-ties

Hobby horsing

We at the Fund for Horses have become slightly obsessed with hobby horsing. When we first heard about it, quite a few years ago now, we thought oh well that's a crazy youth thing they do in Finland and it probably won't take off anywhere else. Wrong! Let's learn more about it. You can do… Continue reading Hobby horsing

Britain’s Gay Kelleway claims trainers are running lame horses

Newmarket trainer Gay Kelleway pictured at the Sales. Photograph: Steven Cargill/Racing Fotos/Rex/Shutterstock

The trainer has made a strongly worded call for more pre-race checks of horses and accused colleagues of sending racehorses to the track which are not fit to race. The Guardian newspaper reports: Gay Kelleway has made a strongly worded call for more pre-race checks of racehorses and accused some of her colleagues of sending… Continue reading Britain’s Gay Kelleway claims trainers are running lame horses

What does Brexit mean for horse racing?

Horses racing on grass. Free use image.

Racing is one of the first extravangances to be cut back by the well heeled when the future looks murky Excerpt from an article by Robin Oakley For the Spectator Perhaps the most surprising thing about Theresa May’s arrival at No. 10 is that it has given us back a prime minister who has owned… Continue reading What does Brexit mean for horse racing?

UK: As horse deaths mount, campaigners ask: what price a day at the races

Cheltenham heads list of courses where most animals die, and jump racing carries most risk Cross-posted from The Observer A thousand horses have died on Britain's racecourses since 2007, according to records kept by an animal rights organisation. Animal Aid's "Death Watch" list reached the 1,000 mark late last month when a seven-year-old gelding, Hired… Continue reading UK: As horse deaths mount, campaigners ask: what price a day at the races

British horsemeat ban to be lifted

Cross-posted from The Times of LondonMarch 7, 2004Fund for Horses Archives Tens of thousands of British horses could be sent for slaughter in continental abattoirs under government plans to lift a 70-year ban on the trade, writes Jonathan Leake. Horses are regarded as livestock in countries such as Italy and France, where horse steaks and… Continue reading British horsemeat ban to be lifted