[RC] speeds at the WEG - John & Sue Greenall
I would like to give a clearer picture of what happened at the WEG
regarding the deaths of two horses. These were not front runners
being "raced for glory". In fact they were riding quite close to two
of our US riders and never exceeded 10 mph on any loop. I looked
at their recovery times and they were quite average with the rest of
the field. We must have seen these horses in the crewing area but
it was never obvious that any horse looked in trouble. At hold three
and four the horses had to pass an exit exam, which these horses
did. Just imagine how those vets felt after passing a horse that
died shortly later. Dr. Beecher went to the wrap up meeting after
the ride and found the entire veterinary commission very disturbed
about what happened. These were all foriegn vets and they took
what happened very seriously.
Perhaps what we should take from Dr. Fraziers letter is the point
that despite truly concerned veterinarians who did their very best to
protect the horse, what we asked of them was still too much.
What the vets wanted was more opportunities to check the horses
and this was denied. Where the idea that shorter holds and fewer
holds makes for a better ride I do not know, but it is my hope that
this will never happen again and that the vet commission will have a
greater voice in competitions from now on.
John and Sue Greenall
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