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[RC] Eventing deaths - Lynn White

There is a reason (besides lack of $$) that I don't
event.  Next time you think endurance riding is
hazardous to horses, think of the cross country event.
This weekend two horses died on the cross country
course of high level three-day event in Florida.
Sounds like one literally dropped dead on the course
and another had a bad fall. One rider was thrown and
is still in serious condition. 


Though thrilling to watch, eventing at the FEI levels 
is dangerous IMO.  It's kind of like the ski jumping
of the horse sports: takes a lot of guts to
participate and there is a lot of risk.  I wonder what
the statistics are for # of starts vs. equine deaths
for each horse sport.  I would wager that endurance is
one of the safer ones both for horses AND riders. 


"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people"

-W.C. Fields

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