I just saw on the news that Barbaro was euthanized. Laminitis (sp) had spread to all four of his legs, he couldn't even lay down it was so painful, so the owners and veterinarians decided it was time to just let him go.
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It was a freak mishap and I wondered how long they could keep him alive. Usually horses with broken or shattered limbs are put down, since body slings are not good alternatives for an animal this large.
I was hoping that he would be able to pull through, they sure tried.
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Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense. Choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.
We all know what they were keeping him alive for. It was merely for profit. They were trying to get as much "offspring material" from him as possible to make a few bucks. That poor animal should have been put down long ago.
I don't think they were keeping him alive 'just' for profits. I think they were keeping him alive so that they would be able to have him breed and carry on some darned good genetics.
I personally think in todays technology that it is completely idiotic that THROUGHBREDS MUST be live covered. Frozen/shipped semen works for other breeds and other animals. I think it is part of this outdated STUPID rule that motivated part of their decision. I for one hope they were able to get offspring from him. Not for money but for the benifit of the breed.
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You know, racing 2 and 3 year olds before their legs and bones are developed and basically giving a huge percentage leg injuries that cripple them or limit them for life, would generally tell you that this is an 'industry' not necessarily in it for the health or well being of the animal.
I have been sad for Barbaro since the second I watched it happen. I still think after all that he went through, it is a shame if he wasn't able to pass on his superior genes. I am also glad they TRIED, instead of just putting him down and collecting a SERIOUS insurance check--because you know that horse was insured for mad money after winning the KY Derby.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
Get real, these people have more money than God himself.
It was not about breeding him for a few bucks.
When you have the perfect horse you breed him and hope he reproduces himself just like dog people do.
Yes horse racing is a business and yes the leg especially the ankle bones on a thourough breed are fine and fragle as a matter of fact the ankle bones of a thourough breed are so fine it is a wonder the horse can support his own weight. And yes these type of injurys are more common in race horse that you know.
But they wanted to breed him for a few bucks, the thought of that statement makes me laugh.
i hate horse racing. i have always had the hardest time with the immediate decision to euthanize a horse right on the track if they had an accident. for once i was ecstatic that someone cared for their horse so much they wanted to try and beat the odds and give him a chance to recover from his injury. it saddens me that it turned out he wouldnt recover and had to be euthanized after he tried so hard to recover and enduired so much.
i really dont see what the big deal is that he would have been used as a stud if he had recovered. that horse would have had a fantastic life even if that was all he ever did from then on. i have followed micheal matz and his life with horses ever since i started riding. he was someone i truly respected, along with a few other well known jumpers.he was a fantastic rider and i always believed he truly cared for each and every horse that he owned and showed.
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On the morning show today they were talking about it. The owner was not keeping him alive for profit..he was insured for BIG money (forgot how much they said) and he would have never made that kind of money being studded out. They said with his injuries he would not have been able to mate (or whatever the term is) since he would not have been able to put weight on his back legs. I give the owners credit for trying to do whatever they could for the horse. I think they really cared. RIP Barbaro
I am not sure I would have wanted his genetics passed on to another racer.....his leg snapped pretty easy on a darn clean track. The thing that TOTALLY amazed me tho, is he kept running and upright and didnt fall and injure his rider....what a horse!
I agree with whoever said it, they race em too early. Hell, we told our clientel to never break their foals with weight on their backs (person) until they were 2. Those horses are racing and racing hard at that age....joints arent completely fuses yet...
It is very sad.
I worked for a vet that did large animal and we even had a surgery room for horses.
Still, there is nothing easy about putting a horse down. Ya cant hold em or comfort them and they fall over. I wish I could get those visions of those I saw out of my head, but they are still with me....its just sad.
I think they should have put him down when it happened. Seems like 8 mos more of suffering.
I'm not allowed to die until the government finds a safe place to bury my liver!