I agree with the underlying point. Horses are always going to find ways to kill and injure themselves.halo wrote:I dont think theres zero dispute. Ive seen more horses fatally injured in paddocks and in barns, than I have on race tracks. (of horses that Ive personally been involved with). How do we know 8-12 horses DONT die every day due to paddock accidents? 8-12 out of how many? 100? 1000? Really no way to determine that statistic.
As for the rest of this discussion, I had no idea there were so many horse psychologists out there. I can see many scenarios where a horse is not happy racing and living in a boxed stall for 23 hours a day, and would probably benefit from more paddock time and maybe a change in career entirely. I imagine some thrive on it. People probably really shouldn't assume anything one way or the other without knowing the horse, and having more experience with than then just looking or petting them.