SOUTH DAKOTA HORSE
Today it was announced that the world lost a sprinting superstar. X Y Jet, the winner of the 2019 Dubai Golden Shaheen, passed of what his connections are calling a heart attack; pending official post-necropsy findings.
See the official announcement here: https://jorgenavarroracingstable.com/we-love-you-x-y-jet/
This tragedy brings up questions about “unexplained sudden death” in other equine sports. A recent study of deaths in sport horses was conducted using 57 sudden death cases from North America and Europe; excluding racehorses. Researchers found that Thoroughbreds involved in eventing made up the highest number of deaths in those cases; comprising about 40% of the deaths in the study.
(Read about the study at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29330860
South Dakota is home to several rodeo events. Fortunately, we have not seen many deaths of horses involved in local rodeos. It is easy to speculate that cross country competitions are more intense than cutting and barrel racing; leading to many of these deaths.
The curious part of the study, as well as the incidents on race tracks around the country in recent years, is that many of the deaths occurred during or within one hour after workouts. According to the study, almost 58% of the deaths occurred during or shortly after training.
If you compete with your equine partner, how do you ensure safe workouts in preparation for competition? Please comment below.