Engaging two-year-old horses in the intensive training to prepare for competitive racing is a bit like asking a 13-year-old child to perform at the peak of their athletic potential.
New research showing clear similarities between pain receptors in human and horses’ skin raises fresh questions about whether the widespread practice is ethical or even effective.
As the Melbourne Cup approaches, new research shows whipping horses really doesn’t offer the benefits its proponents claim.
Our reaction to the horse-slaughter scandal show a double standard, and suggest we care more about what racehorses mean to us than what’s best for the animal.
Racing industries put enormous effort into procuring the best young horses, but pay little attention to the fate of former (or simply unsuccessful) racers.
Race horses should be bred for both speed and durability so owners have an incentive to keep them racing fit and away from the abattoirs.
An investigation by ABC journalists has revealed hundreds of former racehorses are slaughtered after retiring.
This is a film about farmyards; single dads; a wedding; a funeral; horses - falling off them and getting back on - all leading to a fast climax and a no-nonsense denouement.
More and more Australian jockeys are female, but the sport’s entrenched masculinist culture is proving hard to change.
Today’s the official birthday of all race horses in Australia which means the breeding season is just a month away. It’s about to get very busy for stallions and mares on the stud farms.
Many immigrants come to the United States chasing the ‘American dream.’ So do immigrant racehorses, who literally carry the hopes of their trainers and riders on their backs.
It’s the last race for Winx this weekend and she’s been an incredible race horse. But what makes a good race horse?
The outcry over allegations that electronic devices may have been used in Australian racehorse training highlights inconsistencies in our attitudes to the use of such devices on animals in general.
It’s not only fans that dress up on Melbourne Cup Day. There is plenty of gear racehorses can wear, from blinkers to nose bands, ear plugs and even a tail chain. But do they do any good?
The US went crazy for Seabiscuit when he won his famous 1938 match race against War Admiral. Now researchers are investigating the thoroughbred’s DNA to see what made him such an unlikely success.
Tongue-ties are used in Australian horse racing but are banned in most other horse sports.
Humans and horses have developed a unique interspecies language based on physical contact.
‘Take a silver cup – always a silver cup’ and ‘fill it with ice pulverized to the fineness of snow,’ a Kentucky man explained in 1908.
Banning the whip in Australian horse racing would only deter a minority of race enthusiasts from gambling or watching any events.
New research shows that vaccination against the deadly Hendra virus in horses does not reduce their racing performance.