Being a horse race lover, you must be quite familiar with the thoroughbreds and their efficiency. Thoroughbreds are pretty much popular for the thoroughbreds racing game. Their strength and speed are the two primary perks for which people love to choose these horses for racing purposes.
Probably, you are also willing to select a thoroughbred for the upcoming race. Isn’t it? Even the winner circle photos display these species with dignity. There is no problem is using these horse breeds for the race, but not before learning about the consequences.
Thoroughbreds, as we all know, are the hot blood temperament horses who are less likely to handle when they are excited. Their muscular body, lean body, long legs, all tend to generate high speed and flexibility. However, their speed more often becomes the reason of their accidents and serious health problems.
3 Serious Health Issues Observed In Thoroughbreds
- Selective breeding: Inbreeding is the primary concern of Thoroughbreds that result in serious health issues. Selective breeding in horses is performed to produce horses of the same traits. The horse experts in order to produce the same category of the fast and speedy horse, they run the selective breeding procedure.
Now where the problem lies? Just like in humans, inbreeding can two-fold the population of rare genes that can spread diseases, the same goes for the horses. Through the process of selective breeding, multiple purebred horses are generated. But no doubt they are at risk of serious health problems that affect both the physical body and its behavior.
- Catastrophic injury: Thoroughbreds are raced at a very young age, maybe before they are completely matured. As a consequence, catastrophic injury is quite common among them.
Many horse owners believe that making a horse run at a young age is good. According to them, training builds strength and helps them to improve their bone and muscles. But they are unlikely to know that this may give them several microfractures, making them unable to race at the final track.
- Other medical risks: Multiple medical risks or challenges arise with the thoroughbreds. For example, a comprehensive medical treatment is given to the horse breed with a low financial value. Other than this, they really face true challenges while fixing the broken legs of the body with proper care.
Injuries may not seem to be life-threatening at a glance but if not treated with proper care may, there might be a serious risk. Suppose if a horse has a leg injury and is not getting proper treatment, it may lose the support of the other leg as well. Eventually, there will be a breakdown.
We are not asking you to strike down the name of thoroughbreds from the racing participants. Rather we are making you aware of the consequences that may or may not happen if you run a thoroughbred in the race.
The selection should not be based on the winner circle photos. But it should be your own thought, your own preferences.