The fair IS significantly down in numbers because of horse racing. Weather is blamed on the low numbers again from last year? What a joke. Our Fair has had high numbers in the past in spite of the weather, smoke and other events. Weather is not the problem at the fair as it is an outdoor event. No more lame excuses Steve Earle. BRING BACK HORSE RACING!
I do not agree with what you have said about race horses. Especially in Montana and the Northwest. When our horses are finished racing, they are used for breeding, sold for saddle horses, dressage horses, hunter jumper horses, trail horses, pleasure horses, barrel horses, show horses, and sometimes retire just standing in the pasture for years because we cannot bear to part with them. We love our horses, and treat them with much dutiful care. They recieve the best of feed, care, shelter, and attention. That is why we do it. They are beautiful, magnificant animals that we admire and enjoy. As always there are a few minorities that need to be cut off at the knees for their treatment to animals, but the vast majority of us love, care and look out for the horses best interests more often better than our own interests. Some of the most horrible equine injuries are not by the sport of horse racing, but by common people who know just enough to be dangerous to a horse in everyday use. Montana is horse country, so do not shake your finger at a sport that is more regulated by state and national regulations than any other equine sport. Our horses get a set of new $100 shoes every 6 weeks. I personally have never purchased a pair of $100 shoes for myself.
I am more than happy to continue this conversation if you have any questions about something you know little about from hands on experience.
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