Today’s topic is a critical one for our industry, and it’s time we had an honest discussion. The new blog post, “How Banned Therapeutic Practices Are Killing Horse Racing,” is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of our sport.
🐴 Cheaters Be Warned: There’s zero tolerance for cheaters. They should face the “death penalty” for exploiting the system. No exceptions.
🔍 Failed Self-Regulation: Our inability to regulate ourselves led to HISA stepping in. While we may not be in control anymore, our voice still matters.
💊 The Missing Piece—Therapeutic Practices: Regulations have become a double-edged sword. Sure, they keep cheaters at bay, but they also ban therapies that are crucial for equine well-being that actually help to prevent injury or breakdown.
🛠️ The Quick-Fix Mentality: The higher-ups with zero to limited horsemanship skills are focused on quick fixes that treat symptoms, not root causes. Sound familiar?
📰 Media and Greed—The Silent Saboteurs: Media hyperbole and industry greed are muddying the waters. But let’s not let them steer the conversation.
Therapeutic practices must be managed, not eradicated. While strict oversight is essential, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that these therapies can make a positive difference.
Grab your go-to beverage and give this read your full attention. Our sport and the magnificent animals at its heart deserve no less.
To a more reasoned, balanced, and just future for horse racing,
P.S. Your voice counts. Don’t hold back—hit reply. All perspectives are needed to tackle these complex issues.
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