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Animal Aid's Riding for a Fall report is issued to coincide with Horse Racing Awareness Week 2003.

Horse racing provides immense rewards for the leading owners, trainers and jockeys. Never in the history of the 'sport of kings' has so much money and prestige been on offer to those who reach its summit.

Yet beneath the glossy facade, the very foundations of the sport are being threatened, due to the reckless manner in which the industry is exploiting its most precious resource: the Thoroughbred horse.

A comprehensive analysis by Animal Aid of industry data, reports in scientific journals and commentaries by leading racing insiders, demonstrates that the modern Thoroughbred is buckling under increasing and relentless pressure.

The headline figures tell their own story:

The first section of Riding for a Fall examines the workload of the modern breeding stallion, the mare's burden, and the throughput and output of the horse racing industry.

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