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post #1 of 9 Old 02-12-2011, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Newbury deaths

I don't usually watch the racing other than to admire the TB's, but oh dear I was absolutely stunned today when I heard about the two horses supposedly electrocuted.

It was the opening race and the horses were walking round the paddock and something spooked them and two fell to the ground and were pronounced dead.

3 people later said they all felt an electrical shock or a pulsing when they touched the horse.

What I don't undertsnad is how a racecourse as prestigious as Newbury can let something as dangerous as safety checks like electricity lines being cut open when they cut drainage channels in the paddock, go amiss!

2 beautiful and talented TB's lost because of some careless drainage, absolutely devastating and frankly, unacceptable.

Has anyone else heard of this/have an opinion on it?
Sorry for the rant, I live with very non horsey people and have no one to rant to!
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-13-2011, 08:50 AM
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they are still not sure what happened ,although they are investigating
Awful thing to happen very tragic

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I saw that on the news, it shocked me terribly. Poor animals

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post #4 of 9 Old 02-13-2011, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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I saw that on the news, it shocked me terribly. Poor animals

My thoughts exactly, I heard it on the radio first then when I put the racing on it showed a video of what happened.

I must admit when I saw the part owner crying I had to gulp a little bit.

And despite people saying that owners do care for their horses, you rarely see grown men of high status crying on national television.
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My thoughts exactly, I heard it on the radio first then when I put the racing on it showed a video of what happened.

I must admit when I saw the part owner crying I had to gulp a little bit.

And despite people saying that owners do care for their horses, you rarely see grown men of high status crying on national television.
I agree. I started to cry a little when I saw the clip, and the two horses just started to freak out. It was said that the exact cause is unknown, but that one of the lead ropes showed traces of burning, and the horse's shoes were scorched...

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post #6 of 9 Old 02-13-2011, 11:00 AM
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Wow, that's just awful.
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-13-2011, 11:03 AM
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I saw this on the news. I can't believe that, imagine being the owner and being proud to watch your horse being walked round, and looking forward to the race and then for that to happen!

Horses are normally more sensitive to electricity, and obviously their shoes didn't help. But I don't know how it wasn't fixed or picked up on earlier, it's absolutely tragic.

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post #8 of 9 Old 02-13-2011, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Apparently there were also burn marks around the affected horses mouths.

The thing with them being more sensitive is right, its something to do with them hving more legs. I don't really understand it, but I've gathered it's the difference in electricity.
Say one hoof lands on a spot with 100 volts of electricity, and another on 600v, because of the difference it has to earth itself and does so via the heart for some reason.

What got me is the video being shown over and over again, showing these horses in pain.

Apparently people nearby could hear Fenix Two making horrible cries as he died.
There were children there, surely there are safety checks that are carried out on a regular basis.
And if the cable was 'dormant' why did it still have a current going through it?
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-13-2011, 11:23 AM
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It happens to the heart because the heart beats through an electric current that makes the walls contract to pump the blood, so that current overrides it.

And horse shoes are conductors so that would have made it worse.

It's really, really tragic, I agree it could have been prevented through safety checks :/

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