In the case of racehorses, not only does gelding a horse eliminate the possibility of breeding the animal, it also can affect the horse’s running ability. Gelded horses are usually calmer, yes, but they also can end up being SLOWER than they would have been if they were left entire. That can have a negative impact on their careers and on their owners’ and breeders’ bottom line. Like dog shows, racing is a money game and a multi-BILLION dollar business. Most people just think of a horse’s owner, trainer, and jockey when they think of horse racing. It never enters their heads that there are literally tens of thousands of other people who work behind the scenes to make the sport what it is. Just to give you a partial list of all the people you don’t see who are connected to horse racing in some way, take a look at this:
At the track:
Security guards and personnel
Escort (pony) riders
Clerks of Scales
Jockeys’ valets and agents
Custodians/ Trash collectors
Starters and their assistants
Hotel, Housekeeping, and Kitchen staff ( if the track has a hotel or restaurants on its grounds)
Wait staff for same
Physicians (at least at some tracks)
Horse Ambulance drivers
At the farms:
Other professions connected to racing include:
Air Traffic Controllers
Feed dealers and their employees
Tack/equipment makers and their employees
Truckers ( long distance shipping)
Equine Hospital employees
Like I said, this is just a PARTIAL list of all the people who make their living from horse racing- and dog showing isn’t much different. There’s a whole slew of people you don’t see for every person you do see at most dog shows. Altering dogs surgically would put a lot of these people out of work.
From somebody with experience raising pitbulls, how are they in terms of maintenance, grooming, necessary activity, training, temperament..etc?
Also how are they with other dogs in the household?
Check out these forums for breed history,bloodline info,etc.
Generally high energy,require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation daily.Loyal,eager to please,smart animals.Will take advantage of a weak leader.Should be good with people without question.Often don’t do well with other dogs/animals.Containment and equipment requires more thought than with most other breeds as these are extremely strong,athletic dogs.Grooming is wash and wear.
True breed representatives are not for the faint of heart,the lazy,the meager,the novice dog owner.
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