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Re: [RC] Ho Boy! Here comes PeTA! - Dyane Smith

On Monday, May 05, 2008 9:40 AMSandyDSA@xxxxxxx wrote:

This, from a friend who was there - the filly was not being beaten... she was actually slowing down when one ankle fractured, and the other fractured as she was trying to right herself. This situation is already bad enough without bringing abuse into it. She was slowing when the injury occurred. What they know so far was that a concussive-related stress fracture in one ankle brought her down and the other front could not sustain the body. That speaks of bone substance/density issues. This needs to be addressed just as much as the age of racing - the breeding of fast horses at the expense of appropriate physical attributes.
I think there is no question that age and bone substance density issues are important, but there is a method (heart rate variability) for determining in advance whether a horse might break down.  This method works for horses of all ages and riding disciplines.  It could save horse owners thousands of dollars, but we aren't really addressing prevention at all.

Re: [RC] Ho Boy! Here comes PeTA!, SandyDSA