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Horses love the thrill of racing

There is an old Chinese saying about a good horse: "He is of one mind with man and achieves great merit".

Horses and humans share this ancient symbiotic relationship because they are both adrenalin addicts. Certain humans and horses have a huge desire to be first in a charge - the winner takes it all.

Two horses died in Saturday's Grand National. We all die at some point. Animals just have the advantage of not knowing when.

Our duty is to make sure that while they are alive they have the best quality of life possible and, when they have to go, it is quick.

If you could ask a racehorse whether he would prefer to moulder in a paddock without risk or glory, or run his heart out on a racecourse, I am sure I know which he would choose.

P A REID

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