Young Blood: Fatal Breakdowns of Juvenile Racehorses

Young Blood: Fatal Breakdowns of Juvenile Racehorses

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Every spring, at the Two Year Olds in Training
Auction, young thoroughbreds are whipped into sprinting, at excessive speeds to impress
potential buyers. These events are called “under tack shows.” Here, buyers are hoping
to identify the next Kentucky Derby winner. The juvenile race horses are forced to run
one-eighth of a mile in times faster than they will ever run in their future racing
careers. Many of the horses at these under tack shows are still yearlings. They are physically
immature with underdeveloped bones and muscles. Sprinting at these dangerous speeds, especially
at such a young age, generates immense force and a catastrophic breakdown. Doctor Sheila
Lyons, a prominent equine veterinarian, who has been featured on the Blood Horse magazine,
wrote “Pushing these immature two-year old horses for speed before they have reached
physical and mental maturity is recklessly dangerous and systematically damaging for
the animal while also proving to be unreliable for the prospective buyers as a predictor
of future racing ability.” At an under tack show in May 2011, this Philly suffered a gruesome
breakdown on a sloppy track. Witnesses describe the breaking of her cannon-bone as sounding
like a rifle shot. In slow motion, you can see bone fragments explode out of her lower
leg, leaving her foot to dangle. At an under tack show in June 2011, this colt,
named Merciless Cat, suffered a fatal burst aorta. The temperature on the track was over
one-hundred degrees. Dennis Brida, a former trainer and past executive director of New
York Thoroughbred Breeders called these “idiotic speed tests.” And said “we are butchering
these horses.” Conducting intense speed trials with vulnerable and erratic juveniles
puts the lives of both horses and jockeys in jeopardy. Please go to to send
an email demanding that the four major thoroughbred auction companies end this carnage. Thank

100 thoughts on “Young Blood: Fatal Breakdowns of Juvenile Racehorses

  • Dappled Splash Post author

    And yet racing is still not as bad as the western show world.

  • maddie Post author

    I can’t believe people put horses through this. Fuck the Kentucky derby go watch some football or baseball and stop promoting this disgusting shit.

    Don’t @ me 🙂

  • granola boi Post author

    Fuck those people

  • Meryam M. Post author

    My dad once showed me a video just like that. Where these dumbasses took this poor young horse and made him run so fast that ALL yes I said ALL of his legs just snapped, and they had to kill him. The track was so sloppy and the horse was so young, I just wish his owner wasn’t ever so stupid. If I could’ve, I would’ve helped him, and if they kept him alive, he would just be a torso, he was immobile, and was in so much pain 😢😭

  • cowsoul Post author

    Had to stop watching when the horse broke it's leg, that was horrific…

  • Ramp10er Post author

    My dad once drove a horse and he was way too fast, the horse got fractured as well. Poor horse. I never riden my horse that fast…

  • Diesel Rail Muscle Post author

    Even more sad seeing when that poor horse kept running even when her cannon bone buckled and the fragments ejecting from her foot 🙁

  • OodleNoodles Post author

    Fucking rich ass people only racing horses for the money. Every thing in this video is horse abuse. I feel bad for these pour animals put through these things that kill them because humans are so damn selfish and idiotic. I'm ashamed to be a human if that's how were looked at. I would give anything to break the nose of the sacs of shit beting on there 'new' horse from the stands. There new horse because the old one got to slow or old. Damn I'm pissed.

  • Kundan RAJ Post author

    No one(nothing) is cruel more than man on earth

  • Natalee Tull Post author

    Horse racing needs to end now!!!!!?

  • Sofie Sørensen Post author

    From someone who actually read equine studies and have been over some equine anatomy. I can agree that this sport is one of the cruelest ones. As any other sport actually consider the animal, mental health and physical health. A horse is still a baby at the age of 2. Since they're already racing then and having riders on them, they most likely begin the training at one. The reason why that horses leg broke off, was because their bones aren't strong enough to do any kind of work like that. If any work at all. Horses do not loved getting slapped to shit every second either to run faster. (Whip scars can often be seen on racehorses unfortunately).
    I used to think this positive about it because of Seabiscuit and all that. But then learning all I've learned, I realized that everything here is abuse.
    Horses aren't maturely ready for any kind of work under saddle until 3, and still then it's not fully mature. 4 you can start harder tasks as long as you don't ride for an hours, and that you give them time off as they are STILL growing at this point. A horse is actually not done growing until age of 6-8 depending on the breed.
    This is just some of the problems with horse race. I would love to say not all are cruel, like there is abusers in other equine sports too.
    But the fact that this is the only sport that ride horses at 2, and threw logic out the window I can't.
    In other sports riders actually get banned for abuse and police investigated and punished. Exactly because abusers have no business being around animals.
    People could figure out dog race is abuse, then why the fuck can people not realize that this is the same just with a bigger animal.

  • Claire loves horses Post author

    I hate horse racing they are so abusing.

  • княуѕαlιѕ Post author

    If you support horse racing you also support animal abuse and horse slaughter. That’s the truth, whether you like it or not.

  • ardnas alehandra Post author

    I hate people

  • Chriss Cevert Post author

    Yet trainers and owners say that they love their horses . Bullshit if that's the way they treat babies too young to even race. It's disgusting

  • That Shorty Post author

    Omg I think I’m gonna puke this is just not ok 😷😭

  • DCMD LPS Post author

    Omg the bones just give up omg how creepy and sad I don't have words for thisss

  • gwk52 Post author

    Omg WTF the Horse 😭😭😭😭😭 IM so angry😡😡😡😡😡

  • Hazel Redmond Post author

    More Animal Abuse at the hands of MANKIND…don't be an enabler, by going Vegan you are NO longer TAKING PART in the vicious ABUSE of ANY animal…these beautiful horses are bred so that the most GREEDIEST people get richer. These people don't know the meaning of the word HUMANE, they'd whip you down if you got in their way. These horses are one of the most gentlest and sentient Beings on this Earth and just LOOK what we've allowed happen to them…you decide…don't be SAD take action, be their voice…GO VEGAN…liberate all Animals…

  • Auto Francis Post author

    2:04 I saw the bone……I cant….I cried so much…I love horses…and..this is bullshit

  • Marie Wilson Post author

    When I saw the leg i showed it to my dad whose a vet and he said it needs to be put down

  • Shanique Coetzee Post author

    Hate this people

  • Ava vlogs Post author

    I am working on a green horse that was a race horse for 4 years till he was seven we have to be extra careful when we give him his yearly shots it really hard because of how he was drugged and got many painful shots while racing also he doesn’t like to load with fear of going back and whips are his most fear he will gallop and jump to get away form them but we keep him safe and people make him scared so when we first got him he would be aggressive because people made him aggressive But to find out who is the most loving and caring animal that knows more about jumping by the day

  • Frums Post author

    can't believe the bones actually came out of the horse's wound.
    very gruesome

  • Prime Logos Post author

    Thats hell for the poor horses.

  • Coochie Obtainer Post author

    Just WHY

  • Nevaeh Mikrut Post author

    And people question me on why I will never go to horse racing events or anything horse/sport related. Just show them this video and hope itll change their mind

  • Skeeter Ton Post author

    Why would they do this
    Horses die if they have broken legs
    It's just not worth

  • Subscribe Post author

    Ok, let’s begin racing with the people that are torturing and pushing these horses to their deaths and see what they would do if they broke their leg 🙂

  • David 1 Post author

    Why wasn't the word torture used not even once in this clip??

  • Shy_Potato Post author

    to everyone says "this is okay" you just care about the money of winning and not the horses…… this event needs to be banned like if you think so please get to at least 1million likes so i know your care about horse lives

  • Neko Moon Post author

    Honestly I don't care if the jockies get hurt JUST STOP HURTING AND KILLING THE POOR HORSES 😖

  • Mackenzie Dalzell Post author

    Horse racing is STUPID PAINFULL AND HORRIBLE i wish horse racing would be banned its so stupid i just hate it god help these poor horses plz! Im just going crazy i cant even anymore animals have feelings and can feel pain there are so many reason why animals should not be raced! 😫😫😫😫😫😩😩. Screw you horse racing 😡😡😡😠

  • Emma Falcon Post author

    My gosh I would trade ves with the horse who snapped it's leg

  • Emma Falcon Post author

    I mean love ves

  • Emma Falcon Post author

    Lives I meann

  • Alquen playz wolf singer! Post author

    Why won't anyone leave the horses live there own life we can only use them just to run and be free with them not just force them to run faster and u just wanna win bc of the money it's not fucking right to do that to there lives just how zoo animals are treated to be feed and to have love and people loving them not just those animals even horses too I know some horses are rude or they bite u but it's just bc they don't want people to abuse them that's why I will vote for that to stop!… Stop forcing or hurting horses bc I love horses I know how ride and feed and treat them well not like the people in the video horses have the right to do what they want it's like… No other animal is gonna be treated the same way bc horses they want to be free and have a life with them being with other horses too and running free with their family I just wanna say we can be with horses but we don't need to force them like that in the video we can be with horses just to pet them or ride them but just walk and not run bc it's what the horses don't wish to not they do when they are alone and when the feel free like if the could run on there own and be free and feel the air hit there body's but.. Not like hitting them just to go faster and they hurting there self's just because!.. The fucking people in the damn video are more stupid then ever if only the people in the video could die… It should've have been the person… Not the horse….

  • Steven Sims Post author

    Duuudeee not cool -.-

  • GiDD Post author

    This has been phased out

  • thundekiss79 Post author

    It's a business. Period. Unfortunately the commodity is a living breathing animal.

  • Asmr Everything Post author

    Wow just wow the poor horses foot exploded n bones fly out wow just wow

  • Lea Anne Diesburg Post author

    The Mare that broke her leg, I had to stop there and read the comments.

  • Sam East Post author

    I feal like shit for the hores

  • Camryn Murawski Post author

    Don't the buyers know how bad this is for the horses and why is it still happening?

  • Terrayo Meran Post author

    This is the first time I've ever seen an injured horse. It is devastating.

  • Justa Meme Post author

    Honestly fuck the majority of the racing industry, no respect for the horses as they are treated and pushed to their limits like machines. Many backed and ridden before their bones and ligaments have even properly fused 🙁

  • Party Favor Post author

    You have these horses who are too young running at speeds that a horse would never run at in it's life because of a stupid sport that shouldn't even be called a sport because it's nothing but f**king animals abuse. These horses are scared, exhausted, and are only babies and you have these f**king idiots who will whip and beat the horses to run at these challenging speeds until their bones break, then it's like 'oh, well we can't use this horse anymore, let's throw them away and have them be sent to slaughter'.

  • OSTWIND GIRL Post author

    I feel so sad

  • Tony Saldana Post author

    That's humans. We destroy life for our amusment.

  • jackson beckwith Post author

    death to horse races

  • Luna May Post author

    I don’t get why those freaking idiots whoever it is think it’s ok to go and carry on with those stupid absolute crap races for no reason your just killing innocents horses!!!!!!!

  • Aniket Deshmukh Post author

    wtf? Why to race on horses? illogical human shit

  • 嘎查April Post author

    We should kill the owners and make sure their bones explode so they can feel the pain. Who's with me?! 😅🐴

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  • Matthew Hibberd Post author

    Fucking wankers sport fuelled by nothing but greed and money.

  • Gunnar Eriksson Post author

    In the old days, a knight would take 2-3 horses into battle because it was expected that they would be felled under him

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  • Davies Post author

    The sad part is that horses, along with dogs can form such a strong bond with human beings, and to see these gentle and beautiful creatures pushed to such extremes is quite frankly hard to watch.

  • jxster x Post author

    You ahit

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  • Chloe & Duke Post author

    How about we try to band horse racing period and this is just a portion of what these horses go through

  • Bee Vang Post author

    This needs to stop for real.

  • Jonathan Rice Post author

    isn't horse meat tasty, though?

  • lily_equine 5 Post author

    1:43 omg I legit cant stop crying. Who do they think they are abusing these horses

  • Tori516 Post author

    This is horrifying, this made me cry. I love horses & I've always been very conflicted about horse racing. They're pushed too hard & nobody cares!

  • Throttle Dude Post author

    Stop doing this dumb shit. Wtf is wrong with people. You wanna impress people? Do it your fucking self. Lazy cunts. You reckless cocktail smokers. Why does an animal have to suffer from your mistakes? This is slavery.

  • A_large_salad_please :D Post author

    Idiots are everywhere

  • Parasmani Sharma Post author

    It's the madness for money…these morons race for money and what they earni bet you they don't even give a shit about the horse they enjoy the money horses still suffer

  • Eymi Hernandez Post author

    This is not right because they are still young to run in this speed I now adout horses

  • LoreFreak Post author

    I am not against the concept of horse racing but the whole system needs overhauled. Horses do not fully mature untill 2 or 3 years old. This age shouldn't even be asked to carry a load yet and they ask them to run so hard at that age.

  • SPARTANwolf 96 Post author

    I hope the horse if they fall over rolls on the rider and kills him or her

  • Tony Post author

    Those people should go to hell for pushing these poor horses to much that’s bullshit🤬😤

  • Lauren Hill Post author

    this is cruel I remember buying my second horse from this type of race thingies after a injury but luckily he was rescued in time unlike these poor horses that passed 1 like = 1 horse saved from these races

  • muhammad El miahi Post author

    I can't see that i love horses

  • SweatyyFN Post author

    Today at the Indian relay races 3 horses were killed because off that

  • Girl on A Bus Post author

    T his is too heart breaking to watch! So sad!!

  • Aiika ! Post author

    Just horrible and disgusting. I hate horse races.

  • Adam Ingram Post author

    I'd like to beat some stripes into the backs of these horrible people.

  • Miracle Krajeck-chastain Post author

    I use to want to be a horse racer but not now poor horses they dont deserve that

  • plinb ! Post author

    seriously can humans do anything good for our animals? everything is about money. i hate our race

  • Sandra Corsini Post author

    Nur für Geld, so viel Leid, wie krank ist das?? Die sollen sich selbst was einfallen lassen und Blut und schweiss mit ihrem eigenen Körper veranstalten und bitte lasst die Pferde in Ruhe, ihr beweist seid Jahren das ihr da versagt auf der ganzen Strecke!!!

  • Just Craft it Post author

    This should be illegal.

  • Bach Tran Post author

    No word..😭😭💔🙏🙏🙏

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  • Kayla Post author

    Ihorses must wish they never met humans

  • Kayla Post author

    Humans better be kind soon

  • jose sanchez Post author

    There’s injuries in every sport , and race horses get treated way better than people . Lots of you need to do research .

  • Kalleponken Post author

    People that do this to horses don't deserve to live

  • Paige Raulerson Post author

    IDIOTS do people not realize that horses can die racing… Horse races should stop all together because horses don't LOVE to race they are forced.

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  • Lnta Post author

    Horse racing must be banned in general!!!! Those speeds are unnatural for horses. Horses must be companions, not sports inventory.

  • Karen Lloyd Post author

    This is absolutely horrible and wrong!!! People who go to the race track and bet on horses should all watch this video! Ban all horse racing! It's the DIRTIEST BUSINESS there is!!!😡👎

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  • Leah Hall Post author

    This is disgusting they are slaughtering these horses for money and the people who want to buy these horses had to watch this disgusting behaviour all I have to say is it’s not the horses fault these colts and filly’s bones are not developed yet, which makes there bones snap easily!

  • Alex Lin Post author

    Owners and trainers are pushing those juvenile horses too far, and someone should hold accountable for that.

  • Jikook & BTS Post author

    I loved just Secretariat's race. It's unbelievable what he did…he ran without Ronnie wiping him…but this…it's tragically to see…They should really wait till horse is at least 3 years old and half…god damn…

  • Patstar54 Post author

    Okay I’m not one of those people who complains about anyone touching an animal, but this is just straight up abuse

  • Bianca Staloff Post author


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