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    Watching the racing at Wincanton today, the loss of the horse was very strange, the group which monitor those fatalities in racing maintain that he broke his neck but what happened was that he was either brought down by another horse falling or caused another horse to fall heavy falls for both animals then he regained his feet and galloped on for perhaps another 50-80 yards when he appeared to literally die in the air and collapsed mid stride.

    By his muscle spasms it did look suspiciously like a broken neck, but if that was the case, I'd have doubted that he managed to gain his feet again after the fall. The only consolation is that I'd doubt that he suffered much. My commiserations to his owners, trainers and specifically those who care for him on a daily basis and who will doubtless care for him and tomorrow morning, come down to an empty box. It's the one aspect of racing that we all hate, I'm sure.

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    Apparently his reins were over his head and they turned him over breaking his neck. Very sad.

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    I was out this afternoon but watched the racing on catch up when I got in (and kinda wished I hadn't after what happened). I wonder if he had a heart attack. I remember seeing the show jumper Hickstead who collapsed and died in the ring and he had similar spasms when he went down.
    Whatever the reason it was relatively quick, that is the only solace we can take from it. There seems to be a bad run of fatalities recently and I'm sure no-one is feeling it more than the people who looked after the unfortunate ones.

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    It was a bizarre incident.

    Could it have been that he fractured his neck in the original fall - but it wasn't displaced so didn't damage his spinal cord. Then when he was galloping along it suffered a displacement and killed him?

    Condolences to all of his connections and his stable lad/lass who will as Alec says have an empty box tomorrow morning.
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    Default Re: RiP Edvardo.

    Does it really matter ? I find this thread rather morbid.....can’t see how it helps or informs anyone

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    ^^^^ you read it through though, for all that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonny View Post
    Does it really matter ? I find this thread rather morbid.....can’t see how it helps or informs anyone
    Why shouldn't it be discussed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mypegasus View Post
    It was a bizarre incident.

    Could it have been that he fractured his neck in the original fall - but it wasn't displaced so didn't damage his spinal cord. Then when he was galloping along it suffered a displacement and killed him?

    Condolences to all of his connections and his stable lad/lass who will as Alec says have an empty box tomorrow morning.
    It's entirely possible that it had a non-displaced fracture from the fall which then went shortly after. I saw one at Ayr many years ago. Horse galloped home with his head at a wonkey angle, was put straight under the hoses as he was over heating too bless him, he went to move, the lad holding him tugged the reins to get him to stand, horses head went up and that was that. Straight to the floor. The movement you see from the body for the next dew seconds is it winding down and the last of the signals that left the brain being transfered to the muscles. Sadly they don't just drop and lay still and that's the most upsetting part to deal with. You know their gone, their brain is dead, they are unresponsive but the body still takes time to shut down.

    My thoughts are with all those involved. It's never nice to go home with an empty stall in the box and to an empty stable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mypegasus View Post
    It was a bizarre incident.

    Could it have been that he fractured his neck in the original fall - but it wasn't displaced so didn't damage his spinal cord. Then when he was galloping along it suffered a displacement and killed him?

    Condolences to all of his connections and his stable lad/lass who will as Alec says have an empty box tomorrow morning.
    This is possible. My friend's horse did this during a loading accident. Had a bad fall, went down on his neck, got up and seems fine as he was being led towards stable. Spooked sideways at something and died Hopefully it was quick for the horse in the moment.

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    I was watching the race on the TV and my partner was in the room, so I didn't rewind to see what happened, he would have gone on all night about me being morbid if I had, but I did notice something strange about the position of one of the loose horse's heads not long before the incident. My first thought and what I said to my partner was that the horse's spine must have been damaged in the initial fall or it had a heart attack.
    Horrible incident, think something similar happened to a horse in the Grand National once if I remember correctly. Sympathies with everyone concerned with this lovely horse.

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