|Lots of posts and ropes in the ground|
|Check out the amount of space between the posts and ropes. Not much,|
|Very little moving space inside, made worse by the numerous poles|
|The terrain most of these tents are on is not ideal; very little grass, hard ground|
|Just a reminder about the posts and ropes|
One thing we all know about racehorses is that they get sharp. Some of them are pretty high strung, and sometimes they wheel and rear and kick. That's a reality of horses. It's never going to change. Look at the pictures again and ask yourself: "What if a horse wheels inside and hits one of those poles?" or "What if a horse spooks at something while walking between the poles and ropes?" Because these are very real possibilities. If anything like that were to happen, the horse, it's handler, and any other people or horses that are nearby are at risk of serious injury. These tents are an accident waiting to happen. These are not safe living conditions for horses.
Other things you should take into account: despite the fact that the stalls have mats, the ground they are on is not level. There is very little grass around. There is no real designated parking area, so several vehicles are parked very close to the tents.
A lot of the discussion about these tents has been people playing the blame game. Most people are blaming Calder's owners, Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) for evicting the horses from their original stalls, while others are blaming The Stronach Group for not having a real Plan B in case Churchill wouldn't let them stay in the original stalls. At this point, who's at fault is not important. What's needed now is a real solution. CDI needs to be called on to just allow the fenced-off section of the Calder backstretch be reopened. Stronach should be called on to create a better stabling alternative at Gulfstream or Palm Meadows. Whatever needs to be done to get these horses out of these tents.
Something needs to be done to fix this situation. These tents are not safe for anybody, human or equine, Our horses deserve better.