How do they Destroy horses at the races?
Horses carry an awful lot of weight on long slender legs. It is very difficult to allow the leg to heal particularly with the type of compound fractures they get in the races.
It doesn’t seem nice but I have a whippet and to see how much she loves running I only assume the horses feel the same.Posted 7 years agoTwinMember
Depends on the fracture. A spiral fracture or chipped bone can be repaired but it takes time and a lot of money. If the bone is shattered, which is common in racing injuries, it’s unlikely the bone would ever be strong enough to support the horse’s weight. Like Lunge said, they need all four legs, they just can’t manage with three.Posted 7 years ago
Not sure if a bolt gun is the most humane way though, the vet who treats the horses at my local stable uses lethal injection, they go very peacefully.chiefgrooveguruMember
Captive bolt gun usually. The problem when they break a leg is it’s almost impossible to set it and control the horse’s behaviour for the ensuing months, so that it heals properly. And a horse that can’t canter freely would be a v sad horse – give any horse (even a cart horse) an open field to gallop across and it can’t help itself! Presumably such behaviour is the result of evolving as a prey animal – the ones that love to run for fun are the ones that don’t get eaten when they have to run for their lives.Posted 7 years agohexhamstuMember
Broken bones can in some cases be repaired BUT a horse is a flight animal. To repair it’s leg you have to get it to stay off its leg for a few weeks so it can set correctly. Not easily done. I think (I’ve heard) they usually put the whole horse is some sort of sling. So it just there swinging about for a month. Not very humane if you ask me. A bolt to the head is a much more humane course of action in my opinion.
I’ve seen a horse put down by lethal injection and although slightly traumatic the horse just keeled over and went to sleep. Best way to go really.
Fairly sure burying a horse is also illegal in wales. If the horse has been killed by a gun/bolt they can be fed to the dogs (fox hunting).Posted 7 years agodoc_bluesMember
long slender legs — equivalent to walking round on your fingers ==> it is i thnk to do with nature of the break and the economies of it – a race horse, whilst a valuable asset isnt likely to race again, so less liklely to get fixed up (unless it is a valuable stud animal). I have seen plenty of animals in casts but only for minor breaks – and operating on a horse soon mounts up in terms of fees – its really easy to run up 4-5k bills without even getting anywhere.
seen plenty of horses euthanized – depends where, usually a bolt but have seen a rifle used – one thing is for sure they dont half kick!!Posted 7 years ago
(I’ve run anatomy classes for vet students as well as been to abbatoirs to collect clinical material for vetinary research – thankfully dont do that anymore – redundancy and an allergy to the old nags!)Stuey01Member
I think (I’ve heard) they usually put the whole horse is some sort of sling. So it just there swinging about for a month. Not very humane if you ask me. A bolt to the head is a much more humane course of action in my opinion.
So be bored in a sling for a month or be dead? How is that more humane?
I’m no bleeding heart animal rights activist, I get that it is probably more economical to “destroy” the horse than pay for a lot of treatment for an animal who’s useful life has just expired. But let’s not just dress it up as being more humane eh?Posted 7 years agotoys19Member
Or they use a thing called a Humane Killer – which is really just a pistol that takes 38 specials and has a blunder buss like end. I think its called a Stephen Grant Humane Killer. Strait to the head.
the problem with eating them is that they have to be bled properly whithin an hour, which can only be done at the horse abbatoir (nearest to us is bristol) so if it get shot at exeter then it won’t get there in time. If you do lethal injection then you defo cannot eat them, barbituates.Posted 7 years ago
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