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Re: [RC] Will a horse run itself to death? YES!//MAYBE - Dbeverly4

In a message dated 2/13/2006 8:41:57 PM Pacific Standard Time, sensei@xxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
I don't doubt that some horses will give their all to a rider who pushes
them them unto collapse/cardiac arrest. But left to their own devices, and
in absence of a predator, I don't believe a horse will run himself to death
because he "can't feel his oxygen debt."
I would respectfully disagree with this premise. The HUGE adrenaline thing that happens to horses at the beginning of a ride/race (IME) appears to set some of them up to just plain run themselves to death.  It just depends on the temperament of the horse, but after that you bet they can quite literally run themselves to death. That's why they need good partners (us).