Horse racing & Equestrian Events

Horses are gentle, social, trusting animals. Too often, however, they suffer for profit, in industries such as racing and dressage. In New Zealand, around 5,500 thoroughbred and 3,000 standardbred horses are raced annually [1]. Welfare concerns centre around injuries and deaths sustained during training and racing, the use of whips, unnatural gaits and postures within dressage events, and the neglect and slaughter of horses.


1. Stafford KJ. (2013). Animal Welfare in New Zealand. Cambridge, New Zealand: New Zealand Society of Animal Production.

Racing injuries

Racing deaths


Endurance riding

Bleeding within the lungs

Manipulating performance

Jump racing

Melbourne Cup