“Beating A Dead Horse” Gone Literal – Shocking Images of Chinese and Philippine Horse Fighting – Equestrians and Animal Lovers Beware…

February 19th, 2008 | by MG | (Visited 92,039 times)

Not to long ago, I published a piece on Guillermo Habacuc Vargas’ art exhibit featuring a chained dog as it died on the exhibit floor. Actual and malicious animal abuse isn’t something that gets as much attention as it probably should, but it’s something that still can manage to shock those of us who’ve seen almost everything on the net.

In this case, it’s horses fighting to the death, for sport, in areas of China and the Philippines. I came across this earlier and couldn’t help but want to spread this. Horses are amazingly adept and intelligent creatures and to see them brought down to this basic of a level is terrible.

Here is some more information:

The crowd roars its approval as the chestnut stallion sinks his teeth into the throat of his opponent.

The terrified victim rears up on his hind legs and veers away in a desperate bid to escape, but it is no use.

Blood is pouring into his eyes and he can no longer see. His right ear is torn and bloody.

Fight club: Goaded into a frenzy by a mare who is ‘in season’ and chained nearby for up to six hours, stallions battle for ’sport’ in the Philippines

** Warning: The images below are violent and possibly unsettling **

The bigger horse moves in for the coup de grace, repeatedly kicking the weaker animal in the head with his front hooves.

His opponent soon collapses and lies panting on the ground, an all too typical end to one of the most horrific spectator ‘sports’ ever devised – horse-fighting tournaments.

But that hasn’t stopped them becoming hugely popular in the Philippines, where these appalling pictures were taken.

“These tournaments are truly barbaric,” says Andrew Plumbly of the welfare group Network for Animals, which has been campaigning to bring an end to the savage contests.

“Our vets have seen horses being kicked in the head so hard that their eyes have popped out of their sockets. Other horses have had their ears ripped off. It’s straight out of the Middle Ages.”

Horse-fighting occurs almost exclusively in Mindanao in the southern Philippines, and in parts of China.

The horrific tournament happened in the town of Don Carlos and involved 54 horses, many of which had gruesome injuries.

Thousands of people turned out to watch the bloodbath, including hundreds of children. Many of the adults were drunk and spent their time gambling and jeering at the battling animals.

Though horses do not normally fight one another, these stallions had been whipped into a fighting frenzy by the presence of a young mare who was “in season” and had been staked to the ground in the middle of the muddy arena.

Overwhelmed by desire, the stallions attacked each other in a bid to defeat their sexual rivals.

These scenes in the town of Don Carlos involved 54 horses, many of which had gruesome injuries

Wounded horses are often killed for their meat and the choicest cuts barbecued and sold to the crowd

Many were soon covered in gashes and bites. Others limped around the arena with a glazed look in their eyes as they pathetically tried to escape.

The tournament was equally traumatic for the mare used as “bait” for the stallions.

Not only was she repeatedly hit by stray blows from the dueling horses, but the poor creature was also obliged to mate with the victorious stallions from each “bout”, meaning that she was mounted as many as 30 times during one tournament which can last up to six hours.

“Horses often die in the ring from exhaustion or their injuries,” says Mr Plumbly, who has witnessed one such tournament.

Veterinary care is too expensive for most owners to bother with, so wounded horses are often killed for their meat and the choicest cuts barbecued and sold to the crowd.

A similar fate awaits those horses deemed too old or too weak to fight. These are “sacrificed” by pitting them against much stronger stallions.

Some break their legs as they desperately try to escape. But the bloodier the injuries, the louder the crowd cheers.

Although horse-fighting is illegal in the Philippines, corruption and lack of enforcement ensure that the tournaments continue – and with apparent official sanction.

Matches are featured on TV, and local businesses sponsor horses and tournaments. Local authorities offer prize money.

The tournaments are promoted as a “cultural tradition”, but in fact they are largely organised and controlled by crime syndicates, who rake in huge profits from gambling.

Thousands of pounds are bet on each fight – a small fortune in a desperately poor country such as the Philippines.

The tournaments are promoted as a ‘cultural tradition’, but in fact they are largely organized and controlled by crime syndicates

Call To Action

Network for Animals is trying to organize to help fight this sport and treat the horses as best as they can. Visit their website (www.networkforanimals.org) for more information.

Additionally, I found two petitions aimed at stopping horse fighting. I don’t know that they’re able to do too much due to these foreign governments being lax on this sort of thing. But either way, if you feel motivated, they could always use the signatures:

Care2 – STOP Horse Fighting in Korea, China & Philippines


Petition Spot – End Horse Fighting!


Here are two related movies on the phenomenon. Again, be wary if this sort of thing makes you uncomfortable. These are not comfortable movies to watch.

Horse Fighting in South Korea

Note: Embedding is disabled for this one – please click the video frame to go to the YouTube link

Campaign Against Horse Fighting

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Comment by violacolor
Feb 22, 2008 5:32 AM

there are no comments
because it is so cruel so stupid so unbelievable
that there are no words.
animals are surely much better than we are.

Comment by Auto
Feb 24, 2008 1:29 PM

it is very cruel

Comment by Bhumika
Mar 01, 2008 1:56 AM

yes that very cruel! I wonder they were born with this cruelty and got to learn it from us.

Comment by missy
Feb 25, 2008 2:55 PM

there is NO excuse for this one.

Im disgusted.

Comment by taylor
Apr 25, 2008 6:29 AM

yea i know my horses
fight alot

Comment by lordvader
Feb 27, 2008 10:07 AM

Each country have own particulatities, but i don´t like this one.

Comment by summa
Dec 02, 2009 4:44 AM

me too

Comment by Davey Crocket
Mar 04, 2008 6:55 AM

Tbh, this is the most hilarious thing I have ever seen in my life. Really.

I find the pictures of the deranged horses the best entertainment I have ever seen in my entire life.

Also, I particularly love the fact that not only is this a show, it’s dinner too. Horse chop steak is absolutely gorgeous and even better when you just watched the animal get kicked to death(makes it very tender).

I think anyone who despises this kind of sport is a silly hippy who needs to learn that just because they have an opinion on the matter, it does NOT mean that everybody else should immediately agree with their opinion and that anyone who does disagree should change their opinion to match their own. Because ladies and gents, that’s fascism – you know who else was a fascist? That’s right, Adolf Hitler. Enjoy your hippy trip, you little mini-Hitlers.


Comment by Safina
Apr 15, 2008 2:08 PM

i can’t believe you approve of this!! You sick, twisted, evil person. D:

Comment by aNN
Apr 15, 2008 8:32 PM

The fact is that most times this happens ( not in a ring with bystanders) it is with an ultimate outcome. Mares!. Not a roaring crowd, furthermore, it is not until the death. Pointless and violent. Not their opinion, mine. I am sure the only horse steaks you have had, have been in France. “Se rappeler, d’autres traite comme vous vous auriez traité. Les animaux ont d’importance aussi. Au revoir”

Comment by qt
Apr 16, 2008 1:39 PM

I would like to stick you in the ring with these horses and see how you like it. Then we can size you up for dinner. you sick#*$#*.

Comment by horse lover 101
Apr 21, 2008 10:49 AM

that is the most cruelest thing i have ever seen wriiten how dare you say that is entertainment maybe we should tie you up in a pen and set a tiger on you to fight you until you slowly die. then how would you feel, maybe people should put bets on how long you last.

Comment by leslie
Apr 28, 2008 12:53 PM

you make me sick. how can you justify what is being done to the horses? in the wild, very rarely does one horse kill another. do you think it’s humane to make horses fight each other? do you think it’s humane to let them kill each other just because humans like watching it? if you want a horse steak, kill a horse humanely. shoot it with a gun and make it’s death quick.

Comment by Kitten
Apr 28, 2008 5:53 PM

In nature, horses fight, and on rare occations death accures. Most of the time the weaker animal is able to run away. The stronger stays to get the mares. If a new stallion takes over the herd he will kill all the young so the mares come into heat for him to breed.
This is not nature. This is people taking pleasure in the violence. The weaker animal can’t run away and the stronger will continue to attack until he does.
Harvesting meat doesn’t have to be cruel, be it horses or chickens. Though I don’t eat horse meat, I do havest animals that I raise from infancy. They do not know a cruel day, and the end is quick so the pain is short. Those that don’t agree, don’t eat meat, but don’t tell me I don’t have the right too.

Comment by Jagged
Jun 24, 2008 8:49 PM

You sick fucking bastard, it is people like you that put the human race to shame. horses that do it naturally out in the wild is fine. But only the sick and the deranged, like thee Hitler you so speak of, could ever enjoy this sort of sick monstrosity. It is people like you that make the world cry in pain, create war and hatred. I hope you burn a thousand times by the very sun you walk under. I hope that you die in the most horrible way. I am not god loving person, in fact I think more highly of Satan than god, but even so this is unacceptable. I believe that Satan would frown in your face and curse you to a thousand years of torture and torment.

Die you mother fucker, you deserve it in the worst possible way. Torn apart piece by piece for information you don’t even have, your body parts strewn across the desert to be picked off by buzzards. Your soul sent to the realm of nothing were your insane mind can dwell and destroy its self bit by bit. But you will be suspended there for eternity because a soul can not die, it can only dwell and scream for release or prosper in peace. Yours will never prosper, it will only be trapped in an endless void.

Comment by haley
Jun 27, 2008 10:07 AM

your one sick person how bout i come find you and beat the f****** shit out of your head and see if you like being served on a shinny metal plate you disgusting person wait your not a person if you like seeing animals die your a inhuman jerk !

Comment by Tom
Jul 27, 2008 5:43 AM

Well Davey Crocket it would be much better to see you with your arms and legs tied to four horses and they could be sent in different directions. It would be such entertainment to see you ripped apart then we could feed your remains to some hungry dogs.

Comment by Tamzin
Oct 03, 2008 4:58 AM

people who think that this is some kind of entertainment are sick. these horses have no choice in this, people do it because their sad little lives dont entertain them enough that they have to go and ruin the animals lives. no one there stuck up for these poor creatures and sat and watched as they were forced to fight and will most likely get injured or killed. people who think murder is right need to get their heads tested. and to be honest people who think that is right need to kno what it feels like for these animals! i’m only 15 and even i know that.

Comment by Rick Shaw
Dec 31, 2008 9:29 AM

Hm… I know quite a lot about butchering animals, since I’ve done it before, and wouldn’t their fighting ruin the meat?

Yes. Yes it would.

The bruises that they get actually bloody the meat. Physically striking MEAT is different from physically striking the animal, or even the carcas for that matter.

By making them fight, it will ruin a lot of the meat.

Comment by Fahad
Mar 05, 2008 11:21 AM

This is plain right disgusting and disturbing. I cant believe that stuff like this is being done in this world…..

Comment by rory
Apr 07, 2008 8:23 AM

Horses do fight, most male animals do one way or another. My objection is to the distortion of something ‘natural’ for the satisfaction of human sadism. If people take pleasure out of something like this then you have to ask the question where has thier sense of humanity gone and who or what beat it out of them. Davey Crocket himself “whupped the tar” out of a schoolboy bully and would probably do the same to people who actively engaged in this sort of bullying. Never mistake freedom as a licence to do what you please just because its your opinion with no regard for life or reflection on what your actions might mean. With freedom comes responsibility, fascism florishes when we lose sight of that. I would not classify myself as a hippy, just human, death and dispair are implicit in being alive, however I will not close my heart and have death in life… so yes I do feel shocked and saddened and would never condone this and “whupped the tar” out of those who would do this to another.

Comment by Ginnie
Apr 07, 2008 9:42 AM

Rory, thanks for the comment. That’s actually a really awesome quote regarding freedom.

Comment by elaine
Apr 10, 2008 9:30 AM

This is absolutely disgusting. As an animal lover, I am revolted by the race to which I belong. People call one another ‘animals’ as a degrading term – but no animals stoop so low as what we humans – supposedly top of the food chain for our superior intellect – do. I admit that a stallion would fight off another to defend his mares and his territory, but they would be able to escape by fleeing, unlike in this ring.
It is akin to watching cock fighting or bull terriers tearng each other apart.

Comment by Tamzin
Oct 03, 2008 5:03 AM

you are so rite there

Comment by Scholliers Louis 
Apr 10, 2008 12:52 PM

Walgelijk. Maar natuurlijk, men kan niet slimmer doen dan men is!!!!
Deze beelden geven een goed beeld van wat de inrichters en de toeschouwers eigenlijk voorstellen.
In het Nederlands gezegd: een dik pak stront!!!!!!

Comment by GPH
Apr 11, 2008 8:06 PM

You know there are cruel sports everywhere: cock fighting, bull fighting, snake and mongoose fighting, and then there is the British tradition of hunting “the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible”.

The fact is that humans enjoy watching violence and blood and gore. Why else would do many violent films be made?

Comment by erin
Apr 12, 2008 10:58 AM

Does this mean you approve? It is out and out CRUELTY. This so called “artist” should be chained and starved. Cockfighers, they shoul step into that ring, snake and monggose fighting is total cruelty also. Yes Mongoose hunt snakes in wild, let them be wild and do their thing. Roosters will fight and argue, but, they don’t have added equipment, and the figure out who is dominant male. IT IS CRUELTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Foxhunting has even gotten PC. They drag the scent of a fox, the dogs follow until they get to the end.

Comment by Lauren Burchall
Apr 19, 2008 4:15 AM

What is the world coming to! I have had horses all my life and to see this is makes my heart sink! How could you call this a sport! It’s sickening!
Yes stallions in the wild fight for mares etc but to make them do it for fun is twisted!
Anyone who thinks this is ok or ‘fun’ should be shot or made to die a slow and painful death and that goes for anyone who mistreats any animal! You are the scum of the earth and don’t deserve the right to live.

Comment by sandym
Apr 20, 2008 1:52 AM

For you people who enjoy watching these horse fall into their knees and badly beaten for your enjoyment…..goes to show you don’t got the heart of a human!!!!!!!! If you think this is fun wait till it happens to you in your life time. I find it EVIL…not only on horses but any animal cruelty is UNACCEPATBLE!!!!!!

Comment by sandym
Apr 20, 2008 1:58 AM

This doesn’t look fun to me!!!!! This is HUMAN CRUELTY!!!! If you people find it amazing I find it evil to be cruel to anything God created!!!!! And I hope this cruelty would never happen to you in your life time!!!!

Comment by intj
Apr 22, 2008 7:29 PM

Anthropomorphizing creatures to the point that they take on equal or greater value than a human being is ill-minded and leads to some very sickening hypocrisies.

However, that said, many people enjoy this entertainment because they anthropomorphize the victims. This is unhealthy, and has the potential to build some person’s tolerance for causing human misery.

I have to oppose this because of the cultural climate it reinforces… not out of some knee-jerk response to the mistreatment of a species regarded as a companion/work animal.

Comment by Dr. Robert E Lee
Apr 23, 2008 11:49 AM

Horses are nice and cute, until they buck you in the face and trample you to death. This seems like a good sport to bet money on though. Thanks for the info!

Comment by Jagged
Jun 24, 2008 8:51 PM

They only buck you if they are provoked, or untrained. Most of the time it is fear or negligence. Dumb ass. Maybe you need a couple of lessons on a horse, to spend time with them until you realize that they are not as bad as you think.

Comment by taylor
Apr 25, 2008 6:31 AM

i hate people when they do that thats just mean

Comment by destani
May 07, 2008 4:24 AM


i almost cried would you’se like it if we put u in a ring 2 fight 4 death i am discusted if there were no people who cared who we killed u would be the first

Comment by justice
May 28, 2008 9:26 PM

to the poor sadistic moron who calls himself davey crocket (or is that davey co*khead?) its a shame ur mother DIDNT knock u on the head at birth,u know wat id find entertaining? meeting u in person then puttn u in an arena with my 3 pitbulls and watching u have ur face and body parts ripped to shreds,now theres sum entertainment,id pay $ to see that,infact i wuld put it all over the internet 4 everyone to see a sad,helpless,defensless asswipe put to death. i wuldnt see that as cruel,thats just eliminating the scum from this world. morons like you are as bad as rapists & child molesterers thinking that cruelty to animals is fun to watch. u know wat i want??? a licence to shoot bastards like you on sight! but then again,thatd b a waste of a bullet. so bludgeoning u to death with a baseball bat (couple rusty nails hanging out the end) wuld have to be my favorite weapon of choice. hopefully (for you) i never find out who u are and where u live,ill just leave it at that

Comment by jss
Jun 02, 2008 10:16 PM

as a horse lover and owner I can personally say what f-cked up tradition would do something like this all the people who agree with this or practice this quote- tradition I hope you rot in hell then hell rots on top of you

Comment by Mell
Dec 31, 2008 9:31 AM

Yeah, everyone is a product of their environment.

Comment by JSS
Jun 02, 2008 10:31 PM

I agree justice but how about we add a little touch to that lets feed him to the grizzlies lets put him in a small area with a bunch of hungry grizzlies then we’ll see what the cockhead thinks .
P.S. davey crockett you have my word right along with justices you better hope we never meet cause youll wish you had that horses fate

Comment by Jezeron
Jun 05, 2008 12:56 PM

I can’t believe some people would think this acceptable. Haven’t humans grown past the age where hitting things is fun?
If you like abusive sport why not entertain yourself with a video game or boxing, something humane and legal. It is not right to let animals be treated like this, Animals have feelings to.

Darwin’s Theory of evolution, We were animals once- maybe still are. We and they are one and the same so how dare we treat animals as below us.

Comment by ashlee
Jul 03, 2008 12:08 PM

this is awful!why would some one allow this! it sickens me to no end to see this!!and i had no idea until now this was happening!!!!

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Comment by Kris
Jul 09, 2008 4:47 PM

This is pathetic. How could you enjoy two animals fighting for life. Absolutely inhuman.

Comment by brido
Jul 17, 2008 1:14 PM

This is unacceptable behaviour and its an absolute disgrace! This cannot be justified by morons saying wild horses fight like this because the losing horse would have the chance to flee.

I would say I’m shocked but as some people in China think its fine to skin cats and dogs alive for their fur and take kids on days out to watch tigers maul and kill domestic cows for fun, I’m obviously not. I despise people who make money out of the mistreatment and misery of abusing animals in this way for fun.

Comment by Greg
Sep 19, 2008 12:42 PM

Ever since I’ve learned of the animal abuse taking place in China, I am no longer moved by their treatment at the hands of the Japanese during the 1930’s. Japan, you have my understanding!

Comment by Mason
Dec 06, 2008 10:21 PM

A part of my soul just died because of you. i hope your happy. i wish i could tie you to a horses legs and have it run for hours. Then bake you in to chili and Tedd you to your family. God hates you. congratulations you sick fuck.

Comment by Cayla
Jan 10, 2009 9:25 PM

i cant believe people will let to stallions fight to the death :( its mean and cruel….it breaks my heart to read that they kill injured horses, i don’t why they even let them fight :( if i could i would show them the cruelty behind stallion fighting, i didn’t read the stories but i seen the pictures and almost cried because its so sad what they do to horses and the saddest part is they sit they and watch them fight, if i was there i would tell them to stop hurting the horses if there just gonna kill them afterward because there injured badly :( there is gonna be something we can do to stop the horse cruelty and horses slaughter….we have to make a stand against this

Comment by KIWI
Feb 09, 2009 2:15 PM

Ok this is absolutly insane!! this is so wrong..i cant believe not one person there would have the fucking guts to stand up and say something! they should all be shot!! ur all mother fucking bastards!!!! thats like me sticking u in a cage and letting a lion play with you like a rag doll! these horses arent JUST animals, they are living cratures who can ffel pain. They are like us in many many ways… think about it

Comment by Carrie
Jul 11, 2009 10:31 PM

Call peta! l am sure they will get in there. For the sick dead skin no life, scum bags that are enjoying this, karma will take place. l hope nature wipes you out! You sick individuals. There are not humans they must be innerbreeds of some sort. I hope you guys read this! Oh thats right you are retards from hell! You have no brains.

Comment by zoe heath
Nov 16, 2009 9:44 PM

i cannot believe that mans comment about the cruelty 2 horses??u definatly have an evil gene.cruelty,hatred and wars r wrong.if there is a hell u shall go there,what goes around comes around

Comment by zoe heath
Nov 16, 2009 9:47 PM

im so shocked at that mans comment about the horses.u have the evil gene.if there is a hell u will go there.cruelty is wrong.what goes around comes around

Comment by jessica
Nov 19, 2009 11:05 AM

for the people that are getting a kick out of this in the picture are sick. i mean, it went from chicken fighting,to dog fighting to horse fighting?? i mean human fighting is nothing NEAR as cruel as animal fighting. its basically killing or injuring another animal for PLEASURE!

Comment by summa
Dec 02, 2009 4:44 AM

you are all fucking crule people you get in ther and see how you like it

Comment by Nick
Oct 04, 2010 9:32 AM

this is fucked up horses come the fuck on ppl is this really what we have come to???
i say fuck those lil yellow bastards lets catch them and toss them into a ring and say one of you must die before you can leave and we can all watch and throw apples at them and cheer

Comment by Dick
Dec 31, 2010 11:24 PM

Nick although I agree that this is all messed up and beyond forgiving, I think the way you look at this is rather disturbing andn no better than those “lil yellow bastards” simply because you’re being racist. Im sure there are a lot of people in their country that are against it and im also sure there are a lot of us lil or big “white” Caucasians that would be happy to place money on these bets.. Lets not degrade to generalization shall we?

Comment by Ari
Feb 08, 2011 4:30 PM

It’s sick, but every species is used to fight, including man. It’s wrong to allow this to happen.

Comment by franklin
Nov 09, 2011 7:28 PM

There a lot of comments on this page,some are pure anger,some are racial and stereo type like hate slurs.my pure opinion is that there are only a few that really get it!you know what, it! is.most humans are of low intelligence and have mean spirited low IQs ,never thinking above there inner self.if man was created by god and was given free will then there you you have it,no law no order or rules of treating other living creatures with respect and love,even by all of us viewing this and being completely disgusted that another human would do this to a animal gives us some kind of higher feeling,(like, well im not that bad after all,my sins are not that bad, but this is straight evil and cruel so im ok to sin again)so us humans keep on going with our day! exploitation is there because there is a market for it.Its really sad for the years humans have been on earth, that we havent evolved as much as we should be.


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