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post #1 of 17 Old 07-08-2013, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-08-2013, 09:18 PM
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I have been seeing this...

It is saddening, but I am glad he is not suffering. My condolences to the McQuays.
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post #3 of 17 Old 07-08-2013, 10:02 PM
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I just heard this too. So sad, my favourite stallion of all time. Will for sure be getting a baby by him soon.

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No... Way.... :'(
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post #5 of 17 Old 07-08-2013, 11:11 PM
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A truly remarkable stallion he was. Going to miss him...He was a legend in his own time...

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post #6 of 17 Old 07-08-2013, 11:26 PM
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It just blows my mind that horses so well cared for as they are can succumb to such a horrid condition...

Sending healing vibes their way to help soften their loss of another great stallion.

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post #7 of 17 Old 07-08-2013, 11:30 PM
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I'm so sorry to read this. He's not only gorgeous but talented and threw lots of talented foals. I'd love to have a filly by him someday.

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post #8 of 17 Old 07-09-2013, 01:18 AM
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I am fairly new to owning my own horses. Could someone please help me understand how a horse of this caliber and with so many people watching over his care die of laminitis. I'm sure his diet was monitored to the exact ounce of grain and strain of hay. So how does this happen? I'm very courious and confused. Thanks
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-09-2013, 08:32 AM
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Laminitis is a largely poorly understood disease. Things like diet but also foot conformation play a role and a healthy dose of mystery. It has been linked to diet, stress, weight placed on the foot (think barbaro), and a whole host of things. The thing is once they start on that path it can be very difficult to stop it. Some horses you can pull off the train tracks and manage, others will have one bout and are never pulled out. How old was this horse? It just seems that he was young, which makes me wonder if a genetic/conformation element played a role. It could just be pure bad luck.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-09-2013, 09:21 AM
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I believe he was 20.

I only know of Gunner because I have visited a stud nearby that imported one of his sons. His son, Sun of a Gun is an amazing stallion, beautifully conformed with a wonderful personality that he passes on to all his foals. For Gunner to have sired such an amazing stallion, he must have been brilliant himself. So sad that he has passed.
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