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The Horse magazine and apology
This month's issue of The Horse magazine has some
wonderful articles, including one about the barefoot horse, the latest info in
foals dying in Kentucky, dehydration and thumps and cooling hot horses. All
apply to endurance riders.
Also, I just finished reading
June EN and the sad story of OT Kid Curry. When we were talking about horses
dying at rides here in ridecamp, I stated that there was no reason a horse
should just die after a ride. I meant a horse being run to death. The Kid was
pulled during a ride and died very soon after that. Obviously, this horse was
not run to death as he had a winning record that got him into the Hall of Fame.
He was fit and riding the way he had been trained to do. So I am truly sorry to
anyone who has lost a horse under similar circumstances, that I may have
offended. How presumptuous of me to think that we have such total
control over everything around us. After reading the story of the
Kid I remembered the pre-purchase exam we did on Odd Todd. The vet said he had a
heart murmur. Even I could hear it. He said Todd could outgrow it, or with
conditioning and proper nutrition it could disappear or one day we could be
riding and he could drop dead of a heart attack. Since then, no vet has been
able to hear a heart murmur. Is it gone? Could I lose him in a race
situation? I can only pray. I am sorry for the loss of a great horse, and all
the other horses who leave thier families too soon. Lisa Salas, The Odd
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