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RE: [RC] Barbaro - heidi

"Shattered" is pretty accurate, from what I understand.  Three different bones broke, and one of them was in over 20 pieces.
Thoughts?  You betcha.  One, genetic.  Nothing but speed matters, the horses are to some extent expendable, the industry thrives on being able to sell lots of prospects, and the careers are short, so there is no incentive to breed for sufficient substance to take the stress.  Two, age.  These horses are babies.  Three, conditioning.  These horses do not as a rule get long, slow distance to build bone before going into their speed phase of training.  And they live in stalls and small paddocks, where they don't exercise all that much "on their own."  As for nutrition, naw...  These horses at this level do get the best of the best in that department.

This article says, "Richardson, who has treated Barbaro since the colt
shattered his right hind leg a few yards after the start of the Preakness
Stakes on May 20, said..."

"Shattered" gives the impression of a virtual explosion of the leg.  Did
the leg fail that totally or did it sustain just a single fracture or were
there multiple fractures and "shattered" was just hyperbole?

Regardless of the degree of failure, does anyone here have thoughts on the
cause of such a breakdown?  Genetically deficient?  Insufficient
conditioning?  Diet deficient in the nutrients to build "strong teeth and
strong bones"?
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