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Its fine, I have a family friend who has a horse farm... I get a little defensive...

They do not sell their horses for racing... they just enjoy having them on the farm

tryin to resolve this issue with you is like floggin a dead horse for crissakes.

just kiddin, I respect you're love of horses

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tryin to resolve this issue with you is like floggin a dead horse for crissakes.

just kiddin, I respect you're love of horses

:rl:

I was just raised to appreciate them on a higer level than people do with horse racing...

Im not a diehard horse supporter, just when it comes up I pick my side...

I understand where your coming from as well, and I know not ALL owner are bad.

To each his own.

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I was just raised to appreciate them on a higer level than people do with horse racing...

Im not a diehard horse supporter, just when it comes up I pick my side...

I understand where your coming from as well, and I know not ALL owner are bad.

To each his own.

I don't really have a stance on horses per say. I love riding them & my daughter was big on horses growing up. this really is the 1st time i've given any thought to the topic.

I guess i'm pro horse for the most part though.

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JESUS CHRIST IT WAS A HORSE!!!

There's some parent at home somewhere wondering how in the hell they're going to pay for their kid's medical bills while a bunch of people are spending a bazillion bucks to save a fricken horse that will never run again. Hey it's their money, they can do with it what they want, but I'm not gonna lose any sleep over it.

Boo Hoo, it was an animal, not a human being. Sure it's sad, but at the end of the day, it's still a fricken animal. They should have put a bullet in the thing 7 months ago, they only have roughly 400 years of precedent showing that horses that break their legs are as good as dead. It's basic knowledge. A horse with a broken leg has to put all their weight on the good leg, which will eventually develop an infection from carrying all the weight. You can't put a horse on bed rest so what the hell you going to do with it.

Only in the US of A can an entire country rally around a fricken animal but forget 3000 Americans who got killed in 9/11 a mere 5 1/2 years later.

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JESUS CHRIST IT WAS A HORSE!!!

There's some parent at home somewhere wondering how in the hell they're going to pay for their kid's medical bills while a bunch of people are spending a bazillion bucks to save a fricken horse that will never run again.

STFU

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Great Point.

Why did he deserve this? And the sick thing is I heard some people actually feeling abd for the owner and the amount of money spent on this horse... F*ck the owner I hope he lost a LOT of money...

The Jackson Family lost over $1 million dollars, just to keep him alive. They loved this horse & so did a lot of horse racing fans.

Usually, they euthanize the horse just off the track - when they come up lain. If anyone can remember "Ruffian." She is the only racehorse in history ever to be burried on the fairway of any racetrack - let alone where her body was placed at BELMONT.

This horse loved to run - until running too hard, too fast, took his life...

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Remembering Barbaro

by Steve Haskin

Last Updated: January 29, 2007

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On the morning of Jan. 29, Dr. Dean W. Richardson, head of surgery at New Bolton Medical Center, made the somber announcement most everyone had been prepared to hear more than eight months earlier. Barbaro had been euthanized. The wave of grief that was anticipated back then now came swiftly and unexpectedly.

After so many months of hope and high expectations, Barbaro’s fight for life and the miracle story he had written were over. There would be no happy ending to this fairy tale. One did not have to hear Richardson’s words to know they were as heavy as the millions of hearts around the world that had embraced Barbaro and his struggle to survive against all odds.

What made the news of Barbaro’s death even harder to accept was that only a month earlier, talk had begun about the colt’s possible release from New Bolton. When Richardson, although still guarded, said that Barbaro’s release could come in the “not so distant future,” it brought a wave of elation and optimism. The horse was happy, eating, and enjoying his daily walks and grazing sessions. Christmas brought a deluge of cards and gifts to New Bolton, and spirits were high.

Then, virtually overnight, the colt suffered a “significant setback” when some new separation of the hoof was found requiring additional removal of tissue, and a pall once again hung over the Kennett Square clinic, as it did back in May and again in July when Barbaro developed a severe case of laminitis that would ultimately lead to his death.

Following surgery to remove more of the left hind hoof, Barbaro “improved significantly” and the crisis appeared to have been averted. But it was soon followed by another when a “deep subsolar abscess” developed on the colt’s right hind foot, which necessitated yet another surgical procedure on Jan. 27, in which two steel pins were placed through the cannon bone to support an external skeletal fixation, which would eliminate all weight bearing on the foot and give it a chance to heal. Barbaro, despite being placed under anesthesia well over a dozen times since his arrival at New Bolton, remarkably came out of this latest complex and risky procedure eating and in good spirits.

But this time Barbaro was beyond all hope, and Dr. Richardson and owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson were forced to come to the realization that they had run out of miracles.

Having witnessed live the shocking breakdown of Ruffian and the horrific spills of Go For Wand and Pine Island, it is difficult to come to terms with the question: which is worse, watching the quick, relatively painless deaths of those magnificent fillies or riding the roller coaster of emotions that continued for more than eight months with Barbaro, ultimately leading to the same fate?

The answer, at least in Barbaro’s case, is the latter. The colt proved that greatness does not have to be achieved on the racetrack. His incredible will and indefatigable nature kept him alive long enough to show the world just how much emotion is capable of pouring out of one’s heart for a Thoroughbred racehorse, and how far the field of veterinary medicine has come. He made a hero out of an unknown veterinarian, whose dedication, wit, and wisdom turned him into a James Herriot-like figure to millions of people.

Rather than dwell on the outcome, it is best to concentrate on the heroic efforts that were made to save a horse that lived eight months longer than he should have. It was not disease or injury that ended Barbaro’s life, it was recovery. If there is a flaw in nature’s power of healing, it is that it cannot be applied to the Thoroughbred, to whom the words stationary and prone do not co-exist. Infused with the fiery blood of its ancestors, the Thoroughbred’s impetuous nature sadly is in constant conflict with its fragile legs, and it is that nature that often leads to its demise.

Although Barbaro had to endure a great deal of physical and mental anguish, he also experienced the ultimate in human kindness and compassion, while being pampered like the noblest of kings. And he leaves behind a legacy that far transcends his stunning victory in the Kentucky Derby.

Like everyone else, I was prepared to bid a tearful goodbye to Barbaro immediately following the Preakness, and then again in July when laminitis appeared. I was prepared yet again in early and then late January. I no longer have to prepare for the worst. After eight months, during which time the horse’s struggle made national headlines around the world, Barbaro’s ordeal finally is over.

Cervantes said, “The guts carry the feet, not the feet the guts.” Barbaro’s guts carried his feet to victory after victory. But it carried his heart a lot farther.

Copyright © 2007 The Blood-Horse, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Remembering Barbaro | bloodhorse.com

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He was a good horse.

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Great Point.

Why did he deserve this? And the sick thing is I heard some people actually feeling abd for the owner and the amount of money spent on this horse... F*ck the owner I hope he lost a LOT of money...

and why is that? what reason or justification do you have to say that?? just because you are totally ignorant to the situation, that means that its good that the owner lost money? i mean, just because you have some idiotic thought on the subject doesnt mean you have to speak it, but thats just my opinion of course.

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Hey I don't pay any attention to this stuff so forgive me if I'm wrong....but when these horses retire, don't they get to live a long and peaceful life getting laid as much as possible until they drop?

Yep.

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That horse had more talent in it's right front hoof than any of those dead a$$ rappers yo.

yeah, so what the **** is that supposed to mean?? more disrespect coming from a keyboard that is absolutely ignorant about the situation??? or am i missing something

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yeah, so what the **** is that supposed to mean?? more disrespect coming from a keyboard that is absolutely ignorant about the situation??? or am i missing something

You're missing something...and..you've lost your burst..:lol:

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I'm thinkin lots of em might be ok with it considering the potential post racing benefits of boinking, boinking & more boinking

Nah man, didn't you see jackass2 or that episode of dirty jobs, these horses are tricked into humping a giant sock with a bottle at the end of it, they don't even get any real victory @ss!

It is messed up, they line the horse up with a female, and right as he gets ready to ride it to town, some schlub who clearly did not even finish grade school has the glamorous job of reaching in and grabbing the horse-#### and slipping it into a sock.

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Nah man, didn't you see jackass2 or that episode of dirty jobs, these horses are tricked into humping a giant sock with a bottle at the end of it, they don't even get any real victory @ss!

It is messed up, they line the horse up with a female, and right as he gets ready to ride it to town, some schlub who clearly did not even finish grade school has the glamorous job of reaching in and grabbing the horse-#### and slipping it into a sock.

i hump a sock nightly and no one has to trick me into it.

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and why is that? what reason or justification do you have to say that?? just because you are totally ignorant to the situation, that means that its good that the owner lost money? i mean, just because you have some idiotic thought on the subject doesnt mean you have to speak it, but thats just my opinion of course.

exactly. That's why I don't get why you've felt the need to share your insipid and idiotic "thoughts" with the rest of the board, troll.

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