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[RC] Interesting article - rides2far@xxxxxxxx

The "old guard" horses seemed to be much more durable and 
seemed to get better with age. There was John Henry, Forego, Kelso. Then 
there is Cigar - he retired after he ran second still sound.

John Henry & Forego were incorrigible, and pretty much useless. They had to be 
gelded before they would run, then there was no incentive to retire them. Cigar 
was sterile, so he came back to race more. 

I'm curious. Once these horses get past their four year old year are they any 
more prone to break down than other breeds? The top two horses that did 100 
miles of rugged North Carolina Mountains with roots, rocks, gravel, etc. this 
weekend were both 1/2 TB and they looked it. General Jeb Stuart, Karen Isaac's 
5,000+ (I think) mile horse who specializes in OD & other tough 100's is 1/2 
TB. Are they really breeding in weak bone or are these the only horses doing 
that much that young?

My husband's cousin married the owner of one of the top breeding farms in KY. 
When we visited there was a big bay...looked like a 6 year old standing in a 
stall eating straight Alfalfa. The guy explained to me that he was young (I 
don't remember if it was a yearling or coming 2) had a "bone problem from 
growing too fast". I said, "He's got epephasitis? Then why is he eating 
straight Alfalfa?" The guy just looked at me like I was *so* naive and said, 
"These colts *have* to grow in time for the sales".

The trends for fat older looking babies at the sales cause a whole lot of 
damage too.

Angie
 
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