Another dead racehorse. Baffert “devastated.”

“Devastated? You can't make this stuff up. Why is this man still being allowed to train and kill racehorses?” — Tuesday's Horse By Ben Church and Homero De la Fuente (CNN, May 20, 2023) — One of the horses in an undercard race before today’s Preakness Stakes, the Bob Baffert-trained Havnameltdown, has been euthanized, after… Continue reading Another dead racehorse. Baffert “devastated.”

Thousands of racehorses are slaughtered for human consumption in Ireland

Including hundreds of foals Updated: 12.30 pm EST VIA IRISH SUN NEWSPAPER » THOROUGHBRED foals produced for the horseracing industry are being slaughtered for human consumption when they are less than one year old, new figures have revealed. They were among more than 3,000 racehorses killed in Irish meat factories since 2020, according to information… Continue reading Thousands of racehorses are slaughtered for human consumption in Ireland

The tortured life and death of Creative Plan

Updated 19 Feb. 22; 6:12 am est. The news of racehorse Creative Plan's tortured life and death sickens us beyond words. We have been dealing with racehorse abuse and killing for more than 20 years. "The story of this horse stunned us to such a degree that we agreed unanimously to demand the abolishment of… Continue reading The tortured life and death of Creative Plan

Where are 3,000 horses going each year CPR asks NZ Thoroughbred racing

Racehorses take a turn on the grass in New Zealand

PRESS RELEASE | COALITION FOR THE PROTECTION OF RACEHORSES (27 May 2020) — The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) have compiled a report on the number of thoroughbred horses vanishing from New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) each year and the numbers are staggering. Read here. In January 2020, NZTR issued a complaint against the… Continue reading Where are 3,000 horses going each year CPR asks NZ Thoroughbred racing

At Grass

— A Poem by Philip Larkin The eye can hardly pick them outFrom the cold shade they shelter in,Till wind distresses tail and main;Then one crops grass, and moves about– The other seeming to look on –And stands anonymous again Yet fifteen years ago, perhapsTwo dozen distances surficedTo fable them : faint afternoonsOf Cups and Stakes… Continue reading At Grass

Ky Thoroughbred industry refers to breeding as assembly line production

Protective Thoroughbred mare and young foal huddle together in pasture.

Check out this tweet. How do you feel about comparing the production of horses to the assembly line production of automobiles?

Thoroughbred horses are increasingly inbred


By ELIENE AUGENBRAN Inbreeding in Thoroughbreds has increased significantly in the last 45 years, with the greatest rise in the last 15 or so years. Every Thoroughbred horse alive today is descended from three stallions and a larger selection of mares in 17th and 18th century England. Since then, no horses outside this lineage have… Continue reading Thoroughbred horses are increasingly inbred

Most modern horses come from just two ancient lineages


Two major lineages are responsible for almost all modern horses: The Arabian horses from the Arabian Peninsula and the now-extinct Turkoman horses from the Eurasian Steppe say researchers.

Hearing set for Horseracing Integrity Act

Sam Rayburn House, Washington, D.C.

When and Where Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. ETU.S. House of RepresentativesEnergy & Commerce CommitteeSubcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce2322 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. Scheduled Speakers • Marty Irby , Executive Director, Animal Wellness Action • William M. Lear Jr., Vice Chairman, The Jockey Club • Joe De Francis, Humane Society… Continue reading Hearing set for Horseracing Integrity Act

The Horseracing Integrity Act and the future of horse racing

Historic twin spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Abbie Myers.

The Bloodhorse magazine reports: The Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 1754), introduced in March by Congressman Andy Barr, a Kentucky Republican, and Congressman Paul Tonko, a New York Democrat, has gained additional support from the House of Representatives, with 226 members now co-sponsoring the legislation.The bill received co-sponsorship from a majority of the House in mid-December.… Continue reading The Horseracing Integrity Act and the future of horse racing