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The Grand National

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They can't make the race any safer - in fact reducing the size of the fences and the drop at Bechers Brook has made it more dangerous becuase the horses now go faster than they did in Red Rums day. If they change the fences to normal steeple chase fences like at Cheltenham etc there will be just as many fatalities.

You either accept the dangers (as the jockeys themselves do) or you ban everything that might hurt an animal - including all meat production.

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420 die per year, about 160 actually at the racecourse

http://www.horsedeathwatch.com/

That statistic is quite shocking.

This has made me feel quite sad. This is because I can't stand cruelty in any shape or form. If you look into a horses eye you can see the soul of that beautiful animal. If these were human deaths this so called sport would have been banned years ago. I think that if you really loved your horse you would treat it with the respect that they deserve and never race it in this maner. The same can be said of Greyhounds. I rescued a Lurcher 11 years ago, best thing I have ever done and will probably do it again.

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They can't make the race any safer - in fact reducing the size of the fences and the drop at Bechers Brook has made it more dangerous becuase the horses now go faster than they did in Red Rums day. If they change the fences to normal steeple chase fences like at Cheltenham etc there will be just as many fatalities.

You either accept the dangers (as the jockeys themselves do) or you ban everything that might hurt an animal - including all meat production.

Making the fences as small as possible has increased fatalities since they think they can jump them all like a normal park course going flat out. Make them all as big and wide as the Chair and the races will be run a lot slower with less risks overall.

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One of the deaths yesterday was a freak and one was in the melee caused when other horses fall. One option they really need to consider is reducing the field size - I believe in the past they have had a few as something like 30 horses instead of the current 40 so there is obviously no real reason to have such a large field (other than money, of course...).

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I expect that at least one pony will die today at a childrens gymkhana - does that mean they are cruel, barbaric etc.

The racing authorities really can't do any more to make the course safe - maybe reducing the number of runners will help but there is always an inherent risk with half a ton of horse flesh running and jumping at 40mph. If society wants to decide that the risk to animals is unacceptable then so be it - maybe we can watch children playing conkers with goggles and helmets on instead.:doh:

Ban racing (and if you want to stop all equine deaths that means flat and jumps), and all other equine sports (Polo, eventing etc) and there will be tens of thousands of horses needing to be killed as there is no other realistic use for them - they are bred to race, not to be ridden along the local roads by rank amateurs.

And trust me, if a horse doesn't want to race or jump it won't - irrespective of what a jockey wants. 'You can lead a horse to water...........'.

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I am not saying stop horse racing Paul,that would be a daft suggestion.And i know this next suggestion will be shot down,but if the reason the horses are exposed to so much risk is the fences,remove the fekkin fences.I know this would spoil,for racing enthusiasts,a famous and historical race,but things change over generations.

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Hunt horses are bred to jump...greyhounds sprint, bull terriers grip things a lot, spaniels find grouse in bushes, Shire horses shift weights, shetland ponies look cute and carry small girls about, It's what they DO.

I hate cruelty too, but there is a difference between cruelty and accident. Badger baiting is cruel, dog fighting is cruel, but pushing man and mount to a limit is not cruel, it's exciting, dangerous and watchable. I don't much want the damned world legislated any more than it is. I admit to hunting falcons over the heather, using dogs to point, riding for pleasure (over jumps too when younger), fishing for trout and salmon. All these things are exciting and IMO natural for me to do. I eat meat. I kill and eat what I have killed, but let's keep the rhetoric out of things. Seeing an animal suffer in pain is horrible, but that doesn't mean that the purpose of the day is barbaric, or, that we have not tried to make it as safe as possible. Further legislation will remove it all together, and I think that's wrong...a knee jerk daily mail reaction about the wrong thing, made by people who havn't thought it through, and creating as many problems as it solves.

Leave the fluffy animals on the pillowcases of small blonde girls.

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Hunt horses are bred to jump...greyhounds sprint, bull terriers grip things a lot, spaniels find grouse in bushes, Shire horses shift weights, shetland ponies look cute and carry small girls about, It's what they DO.

I hate cruelty too, but there is a difference between cruelty and accident. Badger baiting is cruel, dog fighting is cruel, but pushing man and mount to a limit is not cruel, it's exciting, dangerous and watchable. I don't much want the damned world legislated any more than it is. I admit to hunting falcons over the heather, using dogs to point, riding for pleasure (over jumps too when younger), fishing for trout and salmon. All these things are exciting and IMO natural for me to do. I eat meat. I kill and eat what I have killed, but let's keep the rhetoric out of things. Seeing an animal suffer in pain is horrible, but that doesn't mean that the purpose of the day is barbaric, or, that we have not tried to make it as safe as possible. Further legislation will remove it all together, and I think that's wrong...a knee jerk daily mail reaction about the wrong thing, made by people who havn't thought it through, and creating as many problems as it solves.

Leave the fluffy animals on the pillowcases of small blonde girls.

Accidents can be avoided. Accidents waiting to happen more like. Pushing Rider and mount to the limit. Well the limit has really been met by the horses that get killed. Most of us never kill anything to eat we let others do that for us I'm glad to say and we hope that it is done painlessly. I have no sympathy for the riders as this is thier choice.

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:goodone: (rockmeister)

Imagine if they'd outlawed National Hunt racing 100 years ago - no memories of Arkle, Red Rum, Golden Miller, Desert Orchid etc - surely it would be a much poorer world for that. Of course they should continue to try to make racing as safe as possible for horse and jockey but it's never going to be without risk.

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Accidents can be avoided. Accidents waiting to happen more like. Pushing Rider and mount to the limit. Well the limit has really been met by the horses that get killed. Most of us never kill anything to eat we let others do that for us I'm glad to say and we hope that it is done painlessly. I have no sympathy for the riders as this is thier choice.

Do you never drive faster than the speed limit? Drink one too many drinks? Swim out too far? Let your kids climb a slippery tree?/?

There a thousand things we ALL do that imperil us and potentially others too...I'm sad for the horses of course. I'm sad for the soldiers killed in Afghanistan, for police dogs knifed by thugs, for spiders stamped on, for sledge dogs that break a leg, for the cow that died calfing, for chickens in battery houses, for the last sperm whales in the ocean and for the dead cat in the chinese kitchen. Man has to push a bit. Without a bit of push, we'd be sponges. Things get hurt sometimes. Life is tough, but exciting. I think that's my choice. However, I can distinguish between needless pain and a risk taken.

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Do you never drive faster than the speed limit? Drink one too many drinks? Swim out too far? Let your kids climb a slippery tree?/?

There a thousand things we ALL do that imperil us and potentially others too...I'm sad for the horses of course. I'm sad for the soldiers killed in Afghanistan, for police dogs knifed by thugs, for spiders stamped on, for sledge dogs that break a leg, for the cow that died calfing, for chickens in battery houses, for the last sperm whales in the ocean and for the dead cat in the chinese kitchen. Man has to push a bit. Without a bit of push, we'd be sponges. Things get hurt sometimes. Life is tough, but exciting. I think that's my choice. However, I can distinguish between needless pain and a risk taken.

No,no,no,no. I'm not a fool. You do it, after all that is your choice. Not the animal in question. That pays the ultimate price. DEATH. The thread is called The Grand National. So I don't quite see what farm animals have to do with it.

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