Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elk Grove, California
Yeah, I'm so not a fan of the drugs and doping in the horse racing industry so that's why I'm glad organizations are stepping up to halt it.
Thoroughbreds are known for being the most high strung horses. It's part of their competitive fire. One mare, known for being a champion turf racer, would bite everyone in sight. But that same nasty streak made her a winner able to beat the boys.
I love show jumping although I can see why not everyone likes it. But the beauty of watching a horse soar over a jump that is a foot taller than me is amazing. However, as with any equine sport, I only like it if the horse shows how much they too like it. With many race horses and equine competitors, you can see how much they love what they are doing. Thoroughbreds were bred to run and they would run like that whether we ask them to or not. I would love watching Zenyatta because she clearly loved to run. Her ears were always pricked forward, not flattened.
Ah, well, horses aren't for everybody. :) And yes, some breeds of horse, especially large draft breeds, are bred specifically for meat. However, for the number of horses who head to the knackers because they failed on the track or in a sport . . . many humane organizations are working to shut that down and see that the horses are rehabilitated for another line of work, especially after what happened to Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand.
EDIT: Tiki, I can't help. I've got two doing pretty much the same thing and I have no idea why either. Those symptoms could be caused by virtually anything. :( I hate it when that's how they choose to get sick. At least get sick in a way so I know how to help, dangit!