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03 Dec 2008 at 01:51 pm | # =
I am a former (recent) thoroughbred horse trainer, and about a year or so a=
ge when the industry and public began to view steroids as the big enemy, I =
began wondering why nobody says anything about all the sore horses, some pr=
obably with tiny fractures the don=92t radiograph, having their joints inje=
cted with acid and cortisone, often time within 48 hours of a race, after e=
ntries are drawn. These are the horses that are running and breaking down..=
abe lincoln says:
03 Dec 2008 at 01:59 pm | # =
I trained thoroughbreds briefly in the late 80s/early 1990s and still work =
in the industry, but not on the backside.
I also owned and claimed horses for myself.
I used h-acid/cortisone combinations back then for various joint ailments, =
used steroids to keep fillies eating, and never gave either one a second th=
Because when the horses got sore and didnt respond to the therapeutic use o=
f both substances the horses were given time off. Not run sore, not heel ne=
rved, not cobra venomed.......
Another one today....From the Form
Rough week for Carava
Trainer Jack Carava's stable was hit with its second fatal breakdown in three days on Thursday when Pocosin's Game Boy suffered a severe injury to his right hind leg after a workout. A 6-year-old gelding, Pocosin's Game Boy could not be saved. He had completed a half-mile workout in 49.80 seconds when pulled up.
Tuesday, the Carava-trained Maggie and Hope was euthanized after suffering a cannon bone injury during a workout. Earlier this week, the Carava-trained Mr Napper Tandy, the winner of the Grade 2 San Francisco Mile, underwent surgery for a fractured cannon bone and is out until the winter.
"It makes you feel like you're doing something wrong," Carava said of the injuries. "There is no way to predict this kind of injuries. I feel terrible for the owner and the horse."
Carava said the two fatal injuries have not changed the way he operates.
"You can't start playing scared," he said. "You hope to get the bad luck out of the way."
Carava said thoughts such as shipping the stable back to Santa Anita have crossed his mind, but that he has no plans to do so.
"Shipping home doesn't make a lot of sense," he said. "I'd still have to ship down here to run. I'll watch everything closely and hope it gets better."
Avatar - Lords Table winning the Bull Rastus Handicap at Los Al, 9/9/05, Russel Hadley up.
For me, the horses ALWAYS come first. All of these fatal breakdowns are very distressing. Is it more to do with the surface or maybe subtle hairline fractures? Is it really that difficult for a horse when they switch to a different surface, even if it is a different synthetic surface?
Think if you have the vet records from most horses who break down you would see that there was a problem(s) with the horse. You can always take a real bad step, but think that is less than 5% of all fatal breakdowns.
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