A huge bouquet of red roses to Kathleen Parker for telling the rotten side of sporting animals (“What should be horses’ fate after the finish line,” The Herald, May 10). Her description of the end of the trail for the losers is real. There are rescue groups for thoroughbreds (some right here in Snohomish County) but it is expensive to keep them running and of course not just anybody can afford to or have the proper place to keep a horse.
There is no reason breeders can’t wait an extra year to train and race. Let’s remember that all thoroughbred horses have a January 1 birthdate even if they are born in April. So an 8-month-old is considered a yearling.
This isn’t the only way these magnificent animals are exploited. The hormone replacement Premarin is manufactured from pregnant mare urine. Just thinking about the life that these poor mares are subjected to is bad enough but what happens to these foals just so the mares can be bred back. These babies are non-winners when they are born.
Not supporting these industries is one solution. Probably not going to happen, but food for thought.