Last login: Monday, August 10, 2009
I have a horse that used to race, and a good many other people do, too. They were slow, or didn't like the game, or something. Most had injuries, just like any human professional athlete. I don't think it's so much the racing, as it is the breeding. The thoroughbred stud book has been closed for years, centuries. That means only another thoroughbred can be bred to a thoroughbred for a race horse. Now, the original English Thoroughbred was meant to be a war horse, and raced just to find out if they had the staying power to be a cavalry mount. Then some Arabian horses were introduced and the breed became much faster. Betting suddenly became a factor, and speed was all that mattered, and is all that matters these days. If a new bloodline was introduced, say the Akhel Teke, a steppe horse that is very fast and tough, and not small. Hard to handle they say, but racehorses can be, too. Wouldn't be anything like my big puppydog of a horse, of course. And I've known some mustangs that could run fast enough. You see it all the time, inbreeding does that kind of thing, from people to dogs to cats and mice.
August 10, 2009 at 9:47 p.m.
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