4th SW Quadrant\The Approval Matrix: Week of March 31, 2008
By The Daily Mail
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.
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.
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 duelling 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.
Horse-fighting occurs almost exclusively in Mindanao in the southern Philippines [where it has become hugely popular], and in parts of China.