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    03-01-2009, 05:06 PM
  #11
Yearling
Um, look at the horse that crashed into the jump, right on the video? The horse couldn't do it but the rider obviously pushed it past it's limit to try to get the record. The horse doesn't care about the record, just the person.

Or how about all the eventing people last year racing their horses through the courses to get into the olympics, and all the horses flipping because of it? There's a video of Frodo's rider missing the distance for the jump, galloping him up to it at full speed (At Rolex, of course, where people would be scouting for the olympics), and Frodo flipping. Now he's dead and his rider has a new horse and she didn't have a care for him in the world in interviews. 'He just didn't pick himself up fast enough'. Hm. No, you missed the distance. >.>

It happens all the time, sadly.
     
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    03-01-2009, 05:36 PM
  #12
VMK
Foal
Wow,I would never do that to any horse.Its just plain abuse.
     
    03-02-2009, 01:39 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Whatever, some people acctually care about their horses some things are freak accendents
     
    03-02-2009, 07:09 PM
  #14
Yearling
No one said there weren't freak accidents, or that everyone didn't care. It's just that some people don't. It's the nature of the business, because of money.
     
    03-04-2009, 05:24 PM
  #15
Foal
That was amazing, but sad. I don't think horses should be pushed to jump any higher than they are. =[
     
    03-04-2009, 05:38 PM
  #16
Foal
Cross country was designed to be galloped, in australia it is usually 700m per minute they cover. I am sure the rider who's horse died was an accident, yes maybe she misjudged the distance, it happens to the best of us.

I am sure she felt sorrow and a loss of a good mate, just because she she has a new horse does not mean she did not care for him.

If you wish to point fingers at people do not care about there horses, look at the racing industry, people with no knowledge or horse sense drive there horse into the ground with work or the trainers says he can't run and they push the trainer to make him run, if that trainer does not make him run they send him to someone else.

There is neglect, it has come from people who do not know alot about horses and owning a race horse is a game, these people never see there horse usually until it is at a race, they know nothing on how to train, prepare or even look after a horse. They horse usually just breaks down and is no good to them, then they sell them for meat =(

Having said all this however, I have met some wonderful owners as well that do care for there horses and some great trainers.
     
    03-04-2009, 05:48 PM
  #17
Yearling
Lol I've mentioned the racing industy before, but you may not want to, as there are some people who seem to think the racing industry is perfect. ;)

If you want, I'll dig up the interview I have of the girl who rode him. It's pretty disgusting. The interviewer asked, 'did you watch any footage of the horse falling?' And the rider answered, 'nah.'

Actually, there is a good blog post about it here-

Behind the Bit: A train wreck and the aftermath

I don't point fingers unless I at least have a LITTLE something to back me up. ;)
     
    03-04-2009, 06:44 PM
  #18
Foal
Interesting thread and I did some research of my own and found Laine Ashker's blog...here's an excerpt from one of her posts:

Although I have never seen the video of my fall and only a few agonizing pictures, I want to make clear to everyone that I take full responsibility for what occurred. Whether the accident was a freak one or a rider error (which I think was a bit of both), nothing will ever fill the void that April 26 left in my heart and on a daily basis I think about the ramifications of such a small error and desperately regret it.

You can read her blog here

Anyways, I think that some riders do push their horses foolishly, getting caught up in the moment before thinking of the consequences. It's a risk they are willing to take. Sometimes it ends in success, and sometimes it ends in disaster.
     
    03-04-2009, 11:16 PM
  #19
Yearling
Well, of course you wouldn't post on your blog that you wouldn't care! Haha. She had been getting a LOT of crit. From event riders for pushing her horses recklessly, and IMO needed some damage control.

Sad that it happens that way, but it is what it is!
     
    03-28-2009, 07:43 PM
  #20
Yearling
Woah. I can't imagine what kind of person would do that to their horse for a record. >.<
     

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