Discussion of showjumping deaths
My question is, after reading all these responses saying, "yep, I've seen horses collapse and die, too!"--um, what is going on? Now I'm out of the horse racing loop by a long shot, but I hear about breakdowns from leg injuries all the time....but never heart attack / aneurysm deaths. And I'm around a lot of Western performance, rodeo, and trail horses, and have known a very few catastrophic injuries (actually, only one of which happened to a horse I knew, and none in my presence)....but again, no horses collapsing and dying. These things do, occasionally, happen in freak circumstances, I know. I saw a video of a mariachi musician's horse falling, convulsing, and dying with no warning, and heard a story of the same happening during a parade. Again, freak circumstances, just coincidental, horses with underlying problems. But multiples in a single sport like that, according to the above posters, happening with regularity? What gives?