Racing in America

 Man o War - a horse hero. Heros require health and vitality to emerge. Please allow great racing to occur again here in America, EVEN better than it has ever been. No drugs - if you are not fit to race you are not fit to race. 6 months per year species appropriate, complex and enriching habitat. First race, age 4, max 3 per year in the first year. 3 months per year off season for every horse.....hmmmm, I wonder what heros we would get out of that set up? Who would want to see and bet on horses of that caliber?   It is ironic that Man o War and Secreteriat, like Barbaro, were ultimately euthanized due to laminitis. I wonder how these horses, both in racing and throughout their lives, would have performed and lived differently under the umbrella of wellness or the health that results from maximizing the benefits of, and working with, native design.

Man o War - a horse hero. Heros require health and vitality to emerge. Please allow great racing to occur again here in America, EVEN better than it has ever been. No drugs - if you are not fit to race you are not fit to race. 6 months per year species appropriate, complex and enriching habitat. First race, age 4, max 3 per year in the first year. 3 months per year off season for every horse.....hmmmm, I wonder what heros we would get out of that set up? Who would want to see and bet on horses of that caliber? 

It is ironic that Man o War and Secreteriat, like Barbaro, were ultimately euthanized due to laminitis. I wonder how these horses, both in racing and throughout their lives, would have performed and lived differently under the umbrella of wellness or the health that results from maximizing the benefits of, and working with, native design.

Something to consider. I just spoke to a newly graduated equine vet. She said 75% of the equine material taught to her in veterinary school was related from or to the racing industry.  

What on earth does that have to do with 1) healthy horses 2) your interests and 3) lifelong wellness care during homeostasis, acute medical events and in the resolution of, or living with, chronic equine health conditions? Especially as regards the hoof........

 Secreteriat. Wouldn't it be great to study the biomechanics of "natural" versus "modern" hoof and horse care for various equine athletes as a result of these choices?

Secreteriat. Wouldn't it be great to study the biomechanics of "natural" versus "modern" hoof and horse care for various equine athletes as a result of these choices?

And finally, all the debates on bone, joint, tendon, muscles, angles, breeding. While these are all certainly valid, I will tell you two things for sure. We do not raise our human athletes in closets and expect them to physically thrive and we are aware of the detriments of too much sport or performance for humans before physical maturation.

So many things work against the horse athlete that have easy solutions........