Since 2007 more than 1,000 racehorses have died on tracks,according to the charity Animal Aid.
The first horse I ever sat on was a thoroughbred ex-racehorse, a gentle giant who adored children.
Sadly, one afternoon when I went to visit him I was devastated to learn that he’d died from severe colic.
Racing is a social sport that appeals to all classes. It’s exciting and people can make a lot of money out of it.
But they often don’t realise how hard it can be on an equine.
I think horse racing needs to be made safer, certainly with more height restrictions on jumps.
I hope the figure in the first paragraph really makes people stop and think the next time they go to the bookies to back a horse.