|Prunda - One of Harry Hattons top performers in the 60s|
As a kid I spent every spare minute strapping racehorses, hanging out with the up and coming jockeys at the stables of Harry Hatton and Fred Best and only saw the glamour of the industry and the hard work put in by the strappers and other stable staff. Was this wastage a problem back then? I don't recall it. I am thinking that today it is a greed driven factor for the $'s. Chasing after another Phar Lap - in its way no different to puppy farming and our overcrowded animal shelters across this country. Horses are now throw away animals. Racehorses, brumbies, unwanted kids ponies, old stagers that have done the hard years - all treated as 'wasteage' Very sad.
Maureen Clifford © The #ScribblyBark Poet
they were once feted by thousands urged on by whip, hands and scream.
Now they wait in dark – dejected and they’ll no more hear the call
of “they’re off” because tomorrow is the last day for them all.
of a fine thoroughbred warmblood – now it’s rough – they hear the scream
of the fallen gone before them, and they know not yet the foe
but they fear the fate awaiting – and they know. Oh yes! They know.
It is hard when expectations don’t equate to dollars sought
So just turn your back and leave them – sell them off and let them go -
they were once somebody’s darlings but seems now none want to know.
the champagne, chicken and chance crowd have departed in the gloom
leaving a trail of trashed tickets, and a divot speckled course.
It is doubtful if one punter gives a stuff about the horse.