I'm not a fan of the gee-gees anyway so it was purely by chance that I came across the British Grand National on TV last Saturday. I could only watch it for a couple of seconds before I turned away in disgust. I'm an animal lover and the sight of those magnificent animals crashing over the huge fences and falling on the other side was utterly sickening.
Two horses were killed during the race (it's usually more) and it really does seem that those fences are designed to cause horses to come crashing down. The vast majority failed to finish. Make no mistake about it; with their large bodies and thin legs, a fall is far more likely to be fatal for a horse than it is for a human. Of course, a fall may not kill the horse but if they can't race again as a result of the injury, they're put down. For all the eulogisation of these noble creatures, they're viewed as no more than racing machines.
Worst of all is the whip. Is it really necessary in this day and age? Cruelty to animals is illegal yet riders are allowed to whack the horse to such an extent that the unfortunate animal must go faster. Why not ban the whip altogether? It would still be a level playing field.