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Second horse dies at Calgary Stampede

A second horse has died at the Calgary Stampede in Canada this week.

On Sunday (5 July) a horse owned by Reg Johnstone collapsed and died of a heart attack after a chuckwagon race — where horses pull a covered wagon round a dirt figure of eight track.

And on Tuesday a second horse died, this time during the third heat of the same race — the GMC Rangeland Derby

Art, a seven-year-old horse owned by Barry Hodgson, broke his near fore leg during the race. It The horse was put down by a vet on the track.

Stampede officials said there was no crash or interference between the racing wagons that caused the injury.

Spokesman for the Stampede Doug Fraser told local press: “He was attended to and examined by a veterinarian and the decision was made to euthaniSze the animal to avoid further suffering.”

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