Jay Sawyer of Northbrook comes up with the disadvantages of horse racing. He understands that horse racing appeals to all kinds of people; however, he feels he has an extra responsibility to ask the question: Is horse racing cruel?

According to Sawyer, horses are extremely powerful animals, and really do not have to let humans do anything with them. Hence an act of cruelty can be dangerous not only for the horse but also for the rider, if the horse responds aggressively.

Jay Sawyer of Northbrook states that although, it has a great effect on the economy, however, it takes its toll on the horses themselves. Race horses are often seen as money-making objects and not living creatures worthy of compassion or respect.

Opposing the use of horses in the racing industry, Sawyer is totally against the process of tongue ties. He states that it is the widely used and unregulated practice of immobilising a horse's tongue to prevent the horse getting their tongue over the bit during a race and to preventing 'choking' during high intensity exercise.

Horse racing exposes horses to a significant risk of injury and sometimes, catastrophic injury and death through trauma (e.g., broken neck) or emergency euthanasia. Thus, it can be very uncomfortable for the horse, and even cruel.

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Numerous studies have shown that pain may be misinterpreted by riders and trainers as the horse just 'behaving badly'. Jay Sawyer of Northbrook feels that it is important for us to be able to read signs of emotions shown by a horse.