Horses have a special place in American culture—from majestic wild mustangs to companion horses who are part of the family. Horses are also featured in our sporting life: Racehorses fly around tracks, ponies pivot deftly around polo fields, graceful show horses strut around arenas. Too often, however, these equine athletes are treated not as partners in competition but means to an end. Particularly in thoroughbred racing and walking horse competitions, abusive practices have been allowed to flourish, resulting in horse injuries and deaths. AWI is working to strengthen oversight and stamp out abuse.
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