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A horse died at the Dukeries FEI endurance ride on 28 May. Flamandor De Vaure, a 12-year-old bay gelding, was put down 5hr after completing the 120km ride.

Derek Grantham, president of the veterinary committee at the ride, confirmed that the horse continued to show “neurological signs”, despite receiving treatment after the ride.

“The horse didn’t respond to fluids as it would have done if this was metabolic. Neurological signs indicated that it had a blood clot or brain haemorrhage.”

No post-mortem was performed on the horse, due to time constraints and the medication administered during the course of his treatment.

Grantham added: “I’m not convinced it was all to do with the stresses of the ride.”

Endurance GB posted a statement on its website last week, confirming that a horse had died and that an FEI investigation is under way.

  • This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (16 June, ’05)


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