Yes, horses enjoy racing and are well-looked after animals.
Running and jumping comes naturally to horses as you see horses doing this in the wild.
It’s also very interesting that when a horse unseats its jockey during a race, it will continue to run and jump with the other racehorses.
British and Irish Horse Racing are committed to ensuring that the highest levels of animal care and welfare exist.
There are concerns over the animals being used in sport, which is understood and respected by many in the horse racing community.
Horse Racing Trainers work with the racehorses every day and develop strong bonds to understanding their traits and moods.
Roly Owers, chief executive of World Horse Welfare, states that his organisation “does not accept the claim that horses are unwilling participants in sport. The notion that sport is bad for horses needs to be challenged”
There would be zero thoroughbred racehorses without horse racing in the UK and Ireland.
Horse Racing brings far more life to the horse population that it takes away when you look at the statistics involved.
No racehorse can be made to race and if a horse does not want to race, it won’t, and very occasionally we see a horse plant its feet and refuse to move.
Horses happily take part in a race in most cases.