Hey, guys. Happy Monday (although I admit that it's a little hard to be excited, given the gloomy weather thus far this morning).
Not much to report on since yesterday. We had Mono E practice yesterday, and everything went pretty well. We did some improvising and jamming, and it sounded pretty good (which is how it works- if we're not recording, we're always sure to come up with some cool, new stuff that we'll never be able to replicate).
Anyhoo, I don't have a lot today.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is calling for the suspension of Eight Belles's jockey pending an investigation into the death of the animal when she broke two of her ankles in achieving her second place finish at the Kentucky Derby this weekend.
I'm not necessarily against horse racing, but I think that maybe the sport needs to be reexamined if horses are going to continue to get injured in these sorts of ways while racing (I mean, first Barbaro has to be put down after being injured in the Preakness, and now this?). We need to do a better job of protecting these horses if life-ending injuries are going to begin to become commonplace in the sport. It's been said that more than two racehorses die for every 1,000 starts in dirt track racing, and that modern veterinary medicine may be returning injured horses to the racetrack before horses have time to truly and fully heal.
I'm not looking for an end to horse racing, and I'm one of those people who feels like racehorses really are meant to run (and may seem happiest when doing just that), but there may be a greater need for oversight to prevent these injuries. Everyone loves to see a great race, but not at the epxense of the horse's life.
Well, I gotta run. Hope all's well.