If you love placing bets at the racetrack we're about to change your tune. Inside the enticing world of horse racing, some dark secrets hide underneath the surface that will make your stomach turn and question this sport altogether.
The Cost Of Winning
Estimates suggest that thousands of healthy race horses are sent abroad from the U.S. (even if they're champs) to countries like Belgium, France, Italy and Japan to slaughterhouses where they are shot several times, have their spinal cords severed or stabbed before they suffer a horrifying death.
Jockeys use a riding crop made of leather to whip the horse into speeding up as they approach the finish line. Some also use air-padded whips. The horse suffers up to 30 stinging and painful hits per race resulting in diminished concentration and a great deal of physical and psychological distress.