Melbourne Cup – horse deaths


Today’s post is of a more serious nature. One that has opened yet another area of discomfort and concern. The ‘not so nice stuff that happens that we would rather not hear or know about.’ On Tuesday the 2nd Nov I posted an article about The Race That Stops the Nation – The Melbourne Cup.

I am familiar with many of the practices in the treatment of animals across various sectors here and overseas that are less than savoury to put it mildly. That are driven by power, control, greed, the high pressure of wanting to win a competition regardless of the cost. I must add that similar pressure also applies to people competing in the public arena, particularly in sports and modelling. It makes me very sad.

But this post is about the thoroughbred horse racing industry. Not well known is what happens behind the scenes. I have to admit I am one of those ignorant people. It just never occurred to me to inform myself about it. I have now but I’ll spare you the details.This is what happened to two of the  horses after the race:

“ The ‘race that stops a nation’ is over… as are the lives of two of its ‘athletes’. Today, as the crowds cheered and the champagne flowed, Melbourne Cup favourite Admire Rakti collapsed and died in his stall from a suspected massive heart attack or internal bleeding. Later in the day, another horse, Araldo, was euthanised after becoming frightened and crashing through a gate, shattering a bone in his leg.”

Animals Australia –  November 4, 2014


There are better ways to achieve high performance. Ways that nurture, nourish, support, celebrate. My hope and fervent wish is that this will be the way  in the not too distant future.


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