I was saddened today to hear of the euthanization of racehorse Barbaro. From what I saw of him, he was a good horse who just loved to run. He fought the good fight to try and regain his health - but he lost his battle today.
It is amazing how much time, money and attention was paid to this horse, and his recovery. No doubt that he was a beloved animal, but when you look at the amount of money spent, and how much was actually donated, you have to wonder. How else could those monies have been spent? Other animals, people, environment - why this horse?
I think he became a symbol to people. They wanted him to live, not only for his sake, but for theirs as well. Barbaro's owners decided today, for his sake, to let him go.