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Wrong. The only time that happens is if they break a leg. That is the only humane thing to do when that happens. If they fall and go over a fence or whatever and just sprain themselves, they`re not killed.
Think about it - these horses cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Why would you needlessly kill something that cost you that much AND with the proper rehabilitation and medical care, could bring you MORE money? Racing is a business - you don`t kill your money maker because they bruised something.
If they break their ankle, knee, or leg - you can`t help them. Race horse or not, they have to be put down.
Horses pull those stunts when they think they can win. They do it because they don`t want to do whatever it is you want them to do and once they get your number; i.e. once they know what it takes to get you to leave them alone, it`s very hard to break them of the habit.
Gentle training starting back from the ground up, focusing on being your horse`s friend and part of his "herd" as well as being above him in the heirarchy will help.
It took me over a year and a half to retrain my horse and by the end of it, I had no more need for saddles, halters, or bridles.
And then I got pregnant lol and had to sell her.
Plus, those horses might be treated well but as soon as one falls over a fence and hurts themselves, they get shot on the spot to "put them ut of their misery" even if they`re not that badly hurt. WTF.
Those horses get better treatment and have better lives than at least a billion people on this planet. I think they`ll manage.
I felt more sorry for the horse though.