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topdawg044
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Posted on Mon, Jan 29, 2007 18:22

It was a sad day - Barbaro, the magnificent racehorse who shattered his rear leg last year lost his battle to live today. Even his vet was almost in tears on the news conference.


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Posted on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 22:16

I've taken many horses to the track in the morning with their nostrils flared and the desire to run in their veins.. They give their all whether they're worth a million dollars or...a hundred. I've shed many tears when they've met the moment of reckoning. They all leave a place in our hearts. He was one of the special ones. SG..


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Posted on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 18:08

I like Micheal Matz as a trainer and a rider. He takes care of his horses. I have friends that have worked with him and talk highly about his work ethic. He takes care or his animals.


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Posted on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 15:18

Prime age for maturity to withstand racing pressures is age 5 to 7... Growth plates on the ends of thier leg bones are not yet closed before age 5 years...Race horses during the first 18 months of age are pushed with high protien grain to accelerate growth making them look older than what they are ... Running a horse at 2 and 3 years of age, potentiates arthritis within 8 to 10 years, joint,tendon, and bone injury dramatically increase and many incur hairline fractures called "splints" during training. The reason horses are raced so young is that it is not cost effective to raise a horse to the prime age that they should be raced. OUT OF 100 foals only 5 will make it to the track..and place to win (bein the money)so there is high overhead in racing...Just FYI.


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Posted on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 09:28

I AM SADDEN..I REALLY LOVE ANIMAL


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Posted on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 05:16

I wonder if he was riden too hard? He was only three and i know that is the prime age but He really was pushed to win. I think thats wrong, to sad for such a young animal.


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Posted on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 05:14

I gotta say this is an awful situation.....being from Jersey...Barbaro was sort of "our horse" up here...anyone from the Philly area anyways....plus I am a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan from football to baseball to hockey to "our" Philly horse. the poor guy...all he wanted to do was run and run and run some more. He sure put on a brave face and tried his hardest to get better....poor guy... Much love to everyone involved and horsey prayers going up for him over here....


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Posted on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 04:36

Sad...


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Posted on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 03:35

T - Here's a snippet...google Barbaro for more. ?We had said all along, that if it came to the point where we couldn't control his discomfort, we wouldn't go on.? And so, yesterday morning, the decision was made to euthanize Barbaro. It came 254 days after the 3-year-old thoroughbred colt shattered several bones in his right hind leg about 200 yards out from the starting gate in the Preakness. And 268 days after Barbaro had rocketed into the public consciousness with a stirring, runaway victory in the Kentucky Derby. His win by 6? lengths was the largest margin since 1946. ?We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain,? said Roy Jackson, who co-owned the colt with his wife, Gretchen. ?It was the right decision. It was the right thing to do.?


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Posted on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 03:17

I saw that on the news too but I was really touched by the children sending carrotts and apples for him as a get well wish. Too bad it did'nt help him get better, but he sure tried. A great loss.


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Posted on Mon, Jan 29, 2007 23:51

the problem is that horse bone is more brittle than human..more minerals and calcification so harder for a horse to recover from a fracture..often they just don't mend..that and the fact a horse needs to stay sedentary for weeks to heal and the animal used to roaming roughly 25 miles a day naturally just goes nuts with the inactivity being stalled or in a sling that long..takes a lot of mental toughnesson ahorses part to go through that..they often get depressed or highly aggitated reinjuring themselves...hence the reason so many just get put down. My favorite horse fractured his fetlock ...took alot to make that decision..still miss him. When you train them and raise them ..they think they own you after awhile.. I was his person.He would get jeolous and mean to the new horse I was competing during his layup..sort of pride thing. They get proud of the job given them and when layed off well they just don't adjust. Thats one good thing about motorcycles..no anguish about having to let one go. I did 3,000 competition miles with that boy..it was as bad as loosing a close friend... but many good memories. I know he is up there, sound and healthy, running green pastures waiting for me. We'll have a good run.


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Posted on Mon, Jan 29, 2007 23:08

This makes me very sad,I love animals.We seem to connect. T---If you want to know about horses then you should,they are fun and very smart.


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Posted on Mon, Jan 29, 2007 22:14

This is so awful, so sad. I don't know the story, what do you mean that he lost his fight? What happened? Last night I finished reading the Horse Whisperer and it surely intrigues one to want to know more about horses. I have never been around them.


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Posted on Mon, Jan 29, 2007 21:00

It is a very sad story.


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Posted on Mon, Jan 29, 2007 18:33

Saw that on the news today, I was so sorry to hear that. It just broke my heart. Not because he was a 'race' horse, but because he lost his brave fight. I hate to hear that type of news...really. See, I'm a big animal lover...cry at the smallest thing over something like this. Maybe silly, but that's me. Hated to hear it, I know it just tore them all up to have to do that. Suz~;(


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