Experts say that laying softer tracks like polytracks, can be safer for the horses than the hard-mud surfaces. The California Senate passed a bill regarding the same issue following Barbaro’s death.
Not only for the horses, horse racing is life-threatening to the jockeys too. According to the Jockey’s Guild statistics, 128 riders have died in America on the racetracks since the year 1940. Measures like giving better financial aid to the injured jockeys and implementation of on-site medical facilities can be taken.. Well, we hope so too, otherwise, it won’t be too long for the reign of this beloved sport to come to an end.
It is even more dangerous in case of fast-pace races, because the faster the horses run, more severe is the fall and the resulting injury. They often fall down from their horse and are crippled by the other horses running over them, causing spinal cord and even brain injuries. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has stated that its Safety and Integrity Alliance will help implement all these measures