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2006-05-21 02:33:32 PM  
It just seems like they still can live a useful life as a stud or broodmare. I found this & just started wondering if it is just because the owner doesn't want to deal with the expense of taking care of the injured horse.
Near Versailles is a doctor of veterinary medicine recognized worldwide as a leading authority of laminitis and catastrophic injuries. To date, he has provided life for 45 horses with broken legs. Today they enjoy grazing, running and breeding, all with prosthetics.

Many thoroughbred breakdowns are perfect candidates for prostheses because of their physical conditioning. Horses injured far more seriously than those at the track have been saved. Twice this doctor has returned my family's performance horses to a useful life. We were told by numerous veterinarians that both would be lame forever. One is a professional barrel-racing horse in Texas. Her athletic career supposedly was over two years ago.

Traditional ways need to change. Horses risking their lives for our enjoyment deserve something better than a quick death.


It doesn't seem right especially since the horses in racing are very young.
 
2006-05-21 02:36:54 PM  
Barbaro isn't going to be euthanized.
 
2006-05-21 02:38:03 PM  
Hay vs. dog food.

Do the math.
 
2006-05-21 02:38:27 PM  
This doesn't just apply to race horses. Unless I'm gravely mistaken, any horse that breaks a leg has to be put down.

Not sure why, but if I had to guess, it would be because they can't stand/heal properly with a broken leg.
 
2006-05-21 02:38:35 PM  
I doubt the expense will be an issue with a Derby winner that had the potential to win the Triple Crown.
 
2006-05-21 02:39:10 PM  
Here's a follow-up article.
 
2006-05-21 02:39:25 PM  
To set an example for the others.
 
2006-05-21 02:40:43 PM  
BillCo: Hay vs. dog food.

Do the math.


Stud fees can replace racing income or come close to it.
 
2006-05-21 02:44:22 PM  
www.greenwayarts.org
 
2006-05-21 02:45:09 PM  
Alicious

Stud fees can replace racing income or come close to it.

Yes, if the horse is a thoroughbred. Unfortunately, that's only about 1 in a thousand (or more) horses that get injured or sick.

Woof..
 
2006-05-21 02:46:12 PM  
Short version, horses legs don't heal because of the amount of weight they have to support. They are also prone to blood infections.

Unless you have the time and money to sling a horse up off the ground and feed and care for it hourly till it heals, it is much more humane to put them down immediately than let them die slowly and painfully of complications.
 
2006-05-21 02:47:53 PM  
What Texian said.

/dad used to live on a farm
 
2006-05-21 02:49:31 PM  
So are prostheses too expensive to consider as an option or just not that sucessful? It just seems like that should be considered before putting the horse down.
 
2006-05-21 02:50:43 PM  
johhnny5: Has smitty ever put a horse down? It is WAY to much fun to turn down...

I bawled like a baby when I had to have my daughter's gerbil put down.
 
2006-05-21 02:51:57 PM  
My understanding is that it has to do with the horses weight and the ratio to their small ankles.

From this web site (pops): As strong as horses are, their legs are pretty fragile -- especially when you consider all the weight they have to support. When a horse breaks a leg, the animal must remain inactive while the bone heals. And sadly, it's simply not in a horse's nature to stand still.
 
2006-05-21 02:53:58 PM  
Alicious: So are prostheses too expensive to consider as an option or just not that sucessful?

Both. Not a huge market in researching prosthetics for equines. And it is a damn difficult thing to do. Horses are very delicate, very heavy beasts.
 
2006-05-21 02:54:57 PM  
The answer: robotic legs.

/sounds like a good pshop theme
 
2006-05-21 03:02:28 PM  
Should I see a doctor about my (insert dire medical issue here)?
 
2006-05-21 03:04:14 PM  
Because the glue factory doesn't take them alive.
 
2006-05-21 03:05:33 PM  
It's possible that, in this case, the stud fees would be drastically reduced; if someone would even want a shot of ol' Barbaro at all. He's demonstrated a weakness that may take him off the breeders radar altogether. You can't be too careful when you're talking about the amounts of money involved.
 
2006-05-21 03:25:28 PM  
Why do they have to euthanize horses when they break their legs?

They don't always, it depends on what the magic 8 ball says.
 
2006-05-21 03:28:16 PM  
3 legged horses make for easy targets.

But they make for even better glue. or Taco Bell. Your call.
 
2006-05-21 03:35:57 PM  
Texian: Unless you have the time and money to sling a horse up off the ground and feed and care for it hourly till it heals, it is much more humane to put them down immediately than let them die slowly and painfully of complications.

Plus......horse sausage!

/also grew up on a farm
 
2006-05-21 03:38:26 PM  
mr_bunny: Plus......horse sausage!

Glue doesn't just grow on trees, folks.
 
2006-05-21 03:40:44 PM  
mmm... salami.
 
2006-05-21 04:31:57 PM  
That horse is worth a fortune in stud fees.
 
2006-05-21 06:57:48 PM  
if this had been just about any other horse, he'd be off to the dog food factory by now. his high profile is keeping him alive.
 
2006-05-21 07:42:45 PM  
remarxist
To set an example for the others.
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You win the thread sir. Good day.
 
2006-05-21 07:43:02 PM  
remarxist: "To set an example for the others."


Comedy gold, right there.
 
2006-05-21 07:43:30 PM  
They'd do it to us if they could.
 
2006-05-21 07:44:45 PM  
the same reason "they" "have" to do everything, the world doesn't run on rainbows and pipe dreams. damn hippies.
 
2006-05-21 07:45:16 PM  
mmm, juicy, delicious horsels
 
2006-05-21 07:46:34 PM  
Genesis1:26 God said, 'Let us make man with our image and likeness. Let him dominate the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock animals, and all the earth - and every land animal that walks the earth.'

God sez we can do whatever we damn please with the animals!

Who wants roast mare?
 
2006-05-21 07:46:50 PM  
Race horses (depending on the style of racing) are not bred through artificial insemination. They do it the old fashioned way, and Barbaro is most likely *not* going to be able to cover *ever*.

I hope he pulls through, but those talking about putting him out to stud seem to be clueless about how that works in thoroughbred racing.
 
2006-05-21 07:47:43 PM  
Texian [TotalFark]

Short version, horses legs don't heal because of the amount of weight they have to support. They are also prone to blood infections.

Unless you have the time and money to sling a horse up off the ground and feed and care for it hourly till it heals, it is much more humane to put them down immediately than let them die slowly and painfully of complications.


Which is probably the reason Barbaro will maybe keep breathing even though his racing days are over.
 
2006-05-21 07:47:57 PM  
first off it wouldn't naturally heal in the wild. in wld horse with broken leg= lion food.

second, unless you keep the horse hevily sedated, in a sling, and put pins and screws in it, it won't heal

third if a broken leg won't heal you die a slow painful death from infection......
 
2006-05-21 07:48:39 PM  
suckerpunch: if this had been just about any other horse, he'd be off to the dog food factory by now. his high profile is keeping him alive.

Bloodlines are worth an insane amount in the horse breeding world. If they manage to save him, the owners could make a killing off of the horses he would then sire.

They actually keep records of this crap.
 
2006-05-21 07:48:54 PM  

So, in short, Julia Robert better hope she never breaks a leg.


www.accesshollywood.com

 
2006-05-21 07:48:54 PM  
"Traditional ways need to change. Horses risking their lives for our enjoyment deserve something better than a quick death."

Why is horse racing even legal still? Oh right...because it's a sport for the wealthy.
 
2006-05-21 07:49:06 PM  
I thought that they also had to be mobile and be able to walk around for their stomach to be able to digest their food. I'm no horse expert by any means, but from what I've heard, you can't keep them off their feet to heal because their food won't digest and they'll die from that.
 
2006-05-21 07:49:18 PM  
www.unitedmfrs.com

The world needs glue.
 
2006-05-21 07:52:32 PM  
I'm an ex-equestrian myself.

Yes, the answer is because a leg will probably never heal properly since horses don't sit or lie down. The real reason is because euthanizing the horse is far less expensive than surgery and treatment to keep the horse off its feet. So if it's a racehorse worth lots of money, he'll probably undergo surgery. However, it's of course uncertain whether or not he'll make a comeback.
 
2006-05-21 07:53:35 PM  
I think it's FEMAs' fault.
 
2006-05-21 07:53:58 PM  
remarxist --

Better that, than leaving a human head in their hay.
 
2006-05-21 07:54:49 PM  
rocinante721:Genesis1:26 God said, 'Let us make man with our image and likeness. Let him dominate the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock animals, and all the earth - and every land animal that walks the earth.'

God sez we can do whatever we damn please with the animals!


Really? Good thing, then...
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Greg Rebellion's PS from earlier;o)
 
2006-05-21 07:56:43 PM  
www.cnn.com

Please, think of the horses.
 
2006-05-21 07:56:58 PM  
Why do they have to euthanize horses when they break their legs?

because you touch yourself at night
 
2006-05-21 07:57:13 PM  
the way i understood is that when we break a bone, it cleanly breaks in one spot, and we wear a cast for a while. due to the weight that a horse puts on any given point in his leg, it doesnt cleanly fracture, it's more like an explosion of bone fragments. there is literally nothing left to rebuild. only option would be amputation and a prosthetic, but you dont see too many horse legs at the fake limb shop. so unless the horse has some way to offset the cost, and earn a living...
 
2006-05-21 07:57:37 PM  
Rude Turnip,

yeah, just like cock fighting in Louisiana is a rich person sport. damn hippies.
 
2006-05-21 07:58:09 PM  
fridge.ubuntu.com
 
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