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Two horses die at Plumpton Racecourse

The Argus: Two horses die at Plumpton Racecourse Two horses die at Plumpton Racecourse

An animal rights group is calling for an urgent review into the safety of a racecourse following the deaths of two horses at the weekend.

Horses Head Rush and Eastbury were put down within hours of each other during a meet at Plumpton Racecourse on Sunday (May 11).

Dean Stansall, from Animal Aid, described the course's safety record as “awful” with 29 horse deaths since March 2007.

He said: “Similar courses across the country have had far fewer fatalities. For example Hexham up north has had seven while Lingfield, Surrey, nine.

“They need to find out what is happening and act on it. The onus is now on the racecourse and the British Horseracing Authority - who self regulate.

“If they can't get to the bottom of it then there should be an independent review.”

Head Rush, a six-year-old gelding, was battling for the lead in the first race of the day when he pulled up.

A veterinary team rushed onto the course and he was put down.

Just hours later during the final race, six-year-old Eastbury was in the middle of the field when he lost his action.

Vets rushed to the scene, put up a white screen and put the horse down.

While Plumpton is a jump course, fences were not thought to have contributed to either of Sunday's deaths.

Head Rush went down on a flat section between fences while Eastbury was racing a flat race.

As a result Mr Stansall said answers were needed over the state of the ground.

He added: “It is difficult to say what the problem is because we haven't got access to all the information. It would appear there is possibly an issue with the ground. They need to find out what is going on.

“What's concerning is that two horses died on the same race day last year so lessons have not been learned.”

A spokesman for the racecourse defended their record adding fatalities compared to runners had decreased over the past decade.

He added: “Horseracing is a sport that is very carefully regulated and monitored by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). High standards of horse welfare are demanded and none of our 16 fixtures held annually can take place unless key BHA welfare criteria has been satisfied.

“Despite the best efforts of all involved, as with participation in any sport involving speed and athleticism, the risk of injury can never be completely removed.

“We will examine closely the circumstances which led to both incidents.”

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10:10am Thu 15 May 14

cookie_brighton says...

while the R.S.P.C.A. Does NOTHING.......If you are going to have an organisation that professes to save the lives of animals and stops the suffering to animals, then they should stand up and be counted, Putting horses through the practice of racing, sometimes over hurdles, and pain, to increase the bank balance of some people........is so WRONG
while the R.S.P.C.A. Does NOTHING.......If you are going to have an organisation that professes to save the lives of animals and stops the suffering to animals, then they should stand up and be counted, Putting horses through the practice of racing, sometimes over hurdles, and pain, to increase the bank balance of some people........is so WRONG cookie_brighton
  • Score: 4

12:18pm Thu 15 May 14

Mr chock says...

cookie_brighton wrote:
while the R.S.P.C.A. Does NOTHING.......If you are going to have an organisation that professes to save the lives of animals and stops the suffering to animals, then they should stand up and be counted, Putting horses through the practice of racing, sometimes over hurdles, and pain, to increase the bank balance of some people........is so WRONG
how do you know the R S P C A do nothing .. ? and the story says they were put down so someone said lets kill them not as the headline says Two horses die ..headline is dramatic the truth is the horses were both given a deadly injection .. now i guess its time to be a bit more realistic horse racing is just a fun pleasure of a minority the R S P C A have much more important duties
[quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: while the R.S.P.C.A. Does NOTHING.......If you are going to have an organisation that professes to save the lives of animals and stops the suffering to animals, then they should stand up and be counted, Putting horses through the practice of racing, sometimes over hurdles, and pain, to increase the bank balance of some people........is so WRONG[/p][/quote]how do you know the R S P C A do nothing .. ? and the story says they were put down so someone said lets kill them not as the headline says Two horses die ..headline is dramatic the truth is the horses were both given a deadly injection .. now i guess its time to be a bit more realistic horse racing is just a fun pleasure of a minority the R S P C A have much more important duties Mr chock
  • Score: -4

1:12pm Thu 15 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Mr chock wrote:
cookie_brighton wrote:
while the R.S.P.C.A. Does NOTHING.......If you are going to have an organisation that professes to save the lives of animals and stops the suffering to animals, then they should stand up and be counted, Putting horses through the practice of racing, sometimes over hurdles, and pain, to increase the bank balance of some people........is so WRONG
how do you know the R S P C A do nothing .. ? and the story says they were put down so someone said lets kill them not as the headline says Two horses die ..headline is dramatic the truth is the horses were both given a deadly injection .. now i guess its time to be a bit more realistic horse racing is just a fun pleasure of a minority the R S P C A have much more important duties
I think you missed Cookie's point, which is that the RSPCA should be looking at the sport in general, not merely turning up to administer lethal injections when something has gone wrong.

After all, there are some who think that the sport IS cruelty, from training to stud.
[quote][p][bold]Mr chock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: while the R.S.P.C.A. Does NOTHING.......If you are going to have an organisation that professes to save the lives of animals and stops the suffering to animals, then they should stand up and be counted, Putting horses through the practice of racing, sometimes over hurdles, and pain, to increase the bank balance of some people........is so WRONG[/p][/quote]how do you know the R S P C A do nothing .. ? and the story says they were put down so someone said lets kill them not as the headline says Two horses die ..headline is dramatic the truth is the horses were both given a deadly injection .. now i guess its time to be a bit more realistic horse racing is just a fun pleasure of a minority the R S P C A have much more important duties[/p][/quote]I think you missed Cookie's point, which is that the RSPCA should be looking at the sport in general, not merely turning up to administer lethal injections when something has gone wrong. After all, there are some who think that the sport IS cruelty, from training to stud. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 1

1:32pm Thu 15 May 14

KarenT says...

Gee what fun, watching horses race around a track, frothing at the mouth, dying from bad ground, exhaustion and jumps. You get to place a bet, eat a hot dog, and jump up and down like a moron, alls so you can maybe win a couple of quid and buy another hot dog. Not to mention all the horses that "don't make the grade" or break a leg and are then sent to the knackers yard. And let's not even TALK about greyhound racing, which is a particularly popular sport in B&H. People are pretty rank a lot of the time.
Gee what fun, watching horses race around a track, frothing at the mouth, dying from bad ground, exhaustion and jumps. You get to place a bet, eat a hot dog, and jump up and down like a moron, alls so you can maybe win a couple of quid and buy another hot dog. Not to mention all the horses that "don't make the grade" or break a leg and are then sent to the knackers yard. And let's not even TALK about greyhound racing, which is a particularly popular sport in B&H. People are pretty rank a lot of the time. KarenT
  • Score: 8

1:35pm Thu 15 May 14

KarenT says...

Oh by the way, forgot to say, don't you just love it when people say, "But the horses LOVE it, they're having so much fun!" Idiots.
Oh by the way, forgot to say, don't you just love it when people say, "But the horses LOVE it, they're having so much fun!" Idiots. KarenT
  • Score: 6

1:39pm Thu 15 May 14

KarenT says...

And here is a horse that IS having fun! :D

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=emxI-nRG
WBE
And here is a horse that IS having fun! :D https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=emxI-nRG WBE KarenT
  • Score: 2

2:01pm Thu 15 May 14

charlie smirke says...

There is good and bad in horse racing. Generally they are cared for very well. Most do love to run, it's what they do naturally. Unfortunately if they break a leg, it is rarely possible to save them. They do not respond well to the necessary period of inactivity if treatment is attempted. A friend's horse lost his jockey early in a race recently but continued to lead the field, choosing to jump every fence and passing the post first. He obviously wanted to do it.
There are many regulations covering the treatment of these horses which are enforced by the British Horseracing Authority to ensure the best possible welfare of the horses. Many accidents happen to horses outside racing which are not reported on, Many horses outside racing are not well treated. At least the racehorses are constantly monitored for any problems.
There is good and bad in horse racing. Generally they are cared for very well. Most do love to run, it's what they do naturally. Unfortunately if they break a leg, it is rarely possible to save them. They do not respond well to the necessary period of inactivity if treatment is attempted. A friend's horse lost his jockey early in a race recently but continued to lead the field, choosing to jump every fence and passing the post first. He obviously wanted to do it. There are many regulations covering the treatment of these horses which are enforced by the British Horseracing Authority to ensure the best possible welfare of the horses. Many accidents happen to horses outside racing which are not reported on, Many horses outside racing are not well treated. At least the racehorses are constantly monitored for any problems. charlie smirke
  • Score: -1

3:20pm Thu 15 May 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

If you care about horses you will never bet on any race or go to a race course, that's the only way to stop horse and dog racing - both are extremely cruel and I'd like to see both banned.
If you care about horses you will never bet on any race or go to a race course, that's the only way to stop horse and dog racing - both are extremely cruel and I'd like to see both banned. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 3

4:58pm Thu 15 May 14

KarenT says...

charlie smirke wrote:
There is good and bad in horse racing. Generally they are cared for very well. Most do love to run, it's what they do naturally. Unfortunately if they break a leg, it is rarely possible to save them. They do not respond well to the necessary period of inactivity if treatment is attempted. A friend's horse lost his jockey early in a race recently but continued to lead the field, choosing to jump every fence and passing the post first. He obviously wanted to do it.
There are many regulations covering the treatment of these horses which are enforced by the British Horseracing Authority to ensure the best possible welfare of the horses. Many accidents happen to horses outside racing which are not reported on, Many horses outside racing are not well treated. At least the racehorses are constantly monitored for any problems.
Yeah they love it alright. That's why whenever you pass a field with horses in it they're all running around like the clappers jumping over stuff.
[quote][p][bold]charlie smirke[/bold] wrote: There is good and bad in horse racing. Generally they are cared for very well. Most do love to run, it's what they do naturally. Unfortunately if they break a leg, it is rarely possible to save them. They do not respond well to the necessary period of inactivity if treatment is attempted. A friend's horse lost his jockey early in a race recently but continued to lead the field, choosing to jump every fence and passing the post first. He obviously wanted to do it. There are many regulations covering the treatment of these horses which are enforced by the British Horseracing Authority to ensure the best possible welfare of the horses. Many accidents happen to horses outside racing which are not reported on, Many horses outside racing are not well treated. At least the racehorses are constantly monitored for any problems.[/p][/quote]Yeah they love it alright. That's why whenever you pass a field with horses in it they're all running around like the clappers jumping over stuff. KarenT
  • Score: -2

10:31am Fri 16 May 14

SophieRSPCA says...

In response to ZeeGee, you seem to be saying that the RSPCA turns up to administer a lethal injection - this is not the case, vets at the course treat racehorses, not the RSPCA.

However, the RSPCA does believe that the best way to improve racehorse safety and reduce the risks is to work with the BHA and the courses to change anything that maybe contributing to injury.
In response to ZeeGee, you seem to be saying that the RSPCA turns up to administer a lethal injection - this is not the case, vets at the course treat racehorses, not the RSPCA. However, the RSPCA does believe that the best way to improve racehorse safety and reduce the risks is to work with the BHA and the courses to change anything that maybe contributing to injury. SophieRSPCA
  • Score: 3

12:34pm Fri 16 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

SophieRSPCA wrote:
In response to ZeeGee, you seem to be saying that the RSPCA turns up to administer a lethal injection - this is not the case, vets at the course treat racehorses, not the RSPCA.

However, the RSPCA does believe that the best way to improve racehorse safety and reduce the risks is to work with the BHA and the courses to change anything that maybe contributing to injury.
It wasn't my point, Sophie, but thank you for clarifying the position.

It just shows that the RSPCA rightly considers racing to be a sport that puts horses under enormous strain and even in danger of injury.
[quote][p][bold]SophieRSPCA[/bold] wrote: In response to ZeeGee, you seem to be saying that the RSPCA turns up to administer a lethal injection - this is not the case, vets at the course treat racehorses, not the RSPCA. However, the RSPCA does believe that the best way to improve racehorse safety and reduce the risks is to work with the BHA and the courses to change anything that maybe contributing to injury.[/p][/quote]It wasn't my point, Sophie, but thank you for clarifying the position. It just shows that the RSPCA rightly considers racing to be a sport that puts horses under enormous strain and even in danger of injury. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

4:24pm Fri 16 May 14

Mr chock says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
If you care about horses you will never bet on any race or go to a race course, that's the only way to stop horse and dog racing - both are extremely cruel and I'd like to see both banned.
i actually could ask if the Race course at Brighton is a resource that is beneficial to brighton ..list below *
have some interest in the animals welfare but its clear they need to make some money up at that site the Car boot sales are getting bigger and bigger " not that disruptive but the illegally "fly posting type " publicity thats been appearing over the city is a disgrace . Brighton green party councillors must be able to send a clear message to the towns big group of " flyer promoters that blatantly sellotape up posters on upcoming events " .. Green party without any balls ?
Bath
Brighton
Chepstow
Doncaster
Ffos Las
Fontwell Park
Great Yarmouth
Lingfield Park
Newcastle
Royal Windsor
Sedgefield
Southwell
Uttoxeter
Worcester
Wolverhampton
and yerrrr they do on the website say its a great place to come and place a bet..
You can’t beat the spectacle and colour of a day at the races, as with any sport if you understand what’s going on you will get more out of your day...learn how to bet and read our jargon buster - then impress your friends and family with your betting knowledge

How to bet...
Putting on a bet at the races is all part of the experience and we challenge anyone to not scream with frustration or delight as their horse approaches the winning line!
You can put as little as £2 on a horse and to help you chose a horse our raceday programme
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: If you care about horses you will never bet on any race or go to a race course, that's the only way to stop horse and dog racing - both are extremely cruel and I'd like to see both banned.[/p][/quote]i actually could ask if the Race course at Brighton is a resource that is beneficial to brighton ..list below * have some interest in the animals welfare but its clear they need to make some money up at that site the Car boot sales are getting bigger and bigger " not that disruptive but the illegally "fly posting type " publicity thats been appearing over the city is a disgrace . Brighton green party councillors must be able to send a clear message to the towns big group of " flyer promoters that blatantly sellotape up posters on upcoming events " .. Green party without any balls ? Bath Brighton Chepstow Doncaster Ffos Las Fontwell Park Great Yarmouth Lingfield Park Newcastle Royal Windsor Sedgefield Southwell Uttoxeter Worcester Wolverhampton and yerrrr they do on the website say its a great place to come and place a bet.. You can’t beat the spectacle and colour of a day at the races, as with any sport if you understand what’s going on you will get more out of your day...learn how to bet and read our jargon buster - then impress your friends and family with your betting knowledge How to bet... Putting on a bet at the races is all part of the experience and we challenge anyone to not scream with frustration or delight as their horse approaches the winning line! You can put as little as £2 on a horse and to help you chose a horse our raceday programme Mr chock
  • Score: 0

8:11pm Sat 17 May 14

KarenT says...

Mr chock wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
If you care about horses you will never bet on any race or go to a race course, that's the only way to stop horse and dog racing - both are extremely cruel and I'd like to see both banned.
i actually could ask if the Race course at Brighton is a resource that is beneficial to brighton ..list below *
have some interest in the animals welfare but its clear they need to make some money up at that site the Car boot sales are getting bigger and bigger " not that disruptive but the illegally "fly posting type " publicity thats been appearing over the city is a disgrace . Brighton green party councillors must be able to send a clear message to the towns big group of " flyer promoters that blatantly sellotape up posters on upcoming events " .. Green party without any balls ?
Bath
Brighton
Chepstow
Doncaster
Ffos Las
Fontwell Park
Great Yarmouth
Lingfield Park
Newcastle
Royal Windsor
Sedgefield
Southwell
Uttoxeter
Worcester
Wolverhampton
and yerrrr they do on the website say its a great place to come and place a bet..
You can’t beat the spectacle and colour of a day at the races, as with any sport if you understand what’s going on you will get more out of your day...learn how to bet and read our jargon buster - then impress your friends and family with your betting knowledge

How to bet...
Putting on a bet at the races is all part of the experience and we challenge anyone to not scream with frustration or delight as their horse approaches the winning line!
You can put as little as £2 on a horse and to help you chose a horse our raceday programme
"impress your friends and family with your betting knowledge"...

You serious? Is that how you impress people? Very sad indeed.
[quote][p][bold]Mr chock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: If you care about horses you will never bet on any race or go to a race course, that's the only way to stop horse and dog racing - both are extremely cruel and I'd like to see both banned.[/p][/quote]i actually could ask if the Race course at Brighton is a resource that is beneficial to brighton ..list below * have some interest in the animals welfare but its clear they need to make some money up at that site the Car boot sales are getting bigger and bigger " not that disruptive but the illegally "fly posting type " publicity thats been appearing over the city is a disgrace . Brighton green party councillors must be able to send a clear message to the towns big group of " flyer promoters that blatantly sellotape up posters on upcoming events " .. Green party without any balls ? Bath Brighton Chepstow Doncaster Ffos Las Fontwell Park Great Yarmouth Lingfield Park Newcastle Royal Windsor Sedgefield Southwell Uttoxeter Worcester Wolverhampton and yerrrr they do on the website say its a great place to come and place a bet.. You can’t beat the spectacle and colour of a day at the races, as with any sport if you understand what’s going on you will get more out of your day...learn how to bet and read our jargon buster - then impress your friends and family with your betting knowledge How to bet... Putting on a bet at the races is all part of the experience and we challenge anyone to not scream with frustration or delight as their horse approaches the winning line! You can put as little as £2 on a horse and to help you chose a horse our raceday programme[/p][/quote]"impress your friends and family with your betting knowledge"... You serious? Is that how you impress people? Very sad indeed. KarenT
  • Score: -4

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