Ideas Needed!

I’m calling all the fans of racing: from casual to life timers.

I am in need of ideas but not for the blog; for a magazine.

I have been hearing and reading from disgruntled fans that the racing industry does not do the best job of reporting what happens to horses after they retire. I have also witnessed quite a few rumors being churned up and circulated that the industry chooses to ignore instead of addressing head-on and putting them to rest.

Now, if you were going to be buying a magazine every month about racing or OTTBs, what kind of articles would you like to see in it? Do you want only information about horses, do you want to know about the farms that are rehabilitating and retraining former racers, would you like to see various retirement farms, or do you want articles about what racing is doing to end cheating, race day drugs, or about the WHOA allience?

Leave your suggestions below!

  2 comments for “Ideas Needed!

  1. Emma Wyles
    May 17, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    I want to learn more about the tack they wear. I see some racehorses go by sometimes with that weird white string sticking out of their mouths. Does that hurt them? I hope not 😦

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    • May 18, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Sure, that’s a great idea! I can even help with that particular concern now. That white string you see sometimes is a tongue-tie. This link goes to a store that sells racing supplies https://www.kbchorsesupplies.com/velcro-tongue-tie-white.html and it leads to the piece of tack in question. This particular one is velcro but there are many different types and they’re used to prevent the horse from getting his tongue over the bit while he’s racing. If you’re a rider, you know how annoying and frightening it can be when you suddenly have zero control over your horse because he’s decided that he wants to be a jerk and play with his bit like that; once they do it consistently, it becomes a very bad and dangerous habit. Imagine this happening on a Thoroughbred doing 35+ mph in the middle of a race. That’s like losing control of a small car in the middle of the street surrounded by others. So, trainers will use a tongue-tie to prevent this from occurring and it doesn’t hurt them at all beyond bruising an ego or two when the horse realizes he doesn’t get to “take control” anymore. I hope that helped some!

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