Sparrow Castle wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:36 pm
I didn't read all the BH comments, there's too many of them. But, maybe because I rarely read comments on articles, I didn't realize there were a lot of people who believe you should not train or race 2 year olds because it's bad for them. I thought the only reasons to wait were maturity level (eg,, knees not closed, can't mentally handle it) or minor injury needing time to heal, which I can agree with. That "bad for them" belief is completely opposite of what research shows about bone density and strength. Perhaps data-driven decision making is a thing of the past. If that's so, we're in trouble.
I try to stay as far away from them as possible, but I wanted to see what people were talking about in this case. Here is the highest-rated comment from a story from about a week ago:
I have never commented here but feel it necessary today. In NO other sport involving equines are they asked to do so much so young. If these continuing "accidents" happened in cutting, or jumping, or driving, you can be sure something would be done. The entire industry is so blame. I used to watch racing way more than I do now, just can no longer stomach all the break-downs. Breeding to unsound stallions, mating that should never have been, breaking at 11 months of age, racing at 2 yrs., pushing too hard to soon, poor training, poor vetting, poor riding, poor maintenance, unreal expectations, failure to truly consider the animal, failure to put the horse first, continuing to run horses with leg problems--- all of these and more contribute.
Please, before you consider me a nut case, I am 74, have been a breeder/trainer 54 years, and owned over 500 equines.
And some followup comments:
I'm not a horse racing expert in any way, but I find it absolutely crazy that some horses are raced that early in their 2 year old year. Are they even actually 2 years old yet?? Meaning they've been actively ridden hard since long before they were 2...yearlings! Literally babies.
Ironic that just yesterday Bloodhorse ran a story about two-year-old racing starting at Santa Anita on April 17 and 18. No patience any more. About made me sick.
There was some pushback, but not a lot, and I find it really concerning.