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Sunday, May 3, 2009

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Ladies in their spring dresses and men in casual linen suits sipped champagne and nibbled hors d'oeuvres as they waited for the U.S. Open polo match. What they ended up with was a field of death.................

Imagine sitting there in all that finery and twenty one beautiful animals step out onto the field and as they step from their trailers, they fall writhing in agony as they die. Their owners, riders and spectators crying as they witness this atrocity that could have been prevented.

All the dead horses were from the Venezuelan-owned team Lechuza Polo, a favorite to win the title at what's described as the World Series of this sport. The team included about 40 thoroughbreds in all, maybe more.

What killed these beautiful animals was a toxic dose of Selenium. The polo team, Lechuza Caracas, has said that the horses were injected with a vitamin compound that was similar to Biodyl, a supplement often used to treat fatigue in horses that is not approved for use in the United States.

They claim to love these animals. I am sure they do but I wonder why they would risk losing them in such a horrible manner?

It seems to me that it is not the horses they love so much as the glory and money it that comes to them if they have a winning team.

Maybe this will wake them up and they will think twice before pulling such a horrific stunt again.


  1. I see you are a night owl like me.
    When I read the story about these horses my heart was heavy. I can't imagine seeing such a horrible incident. The drug was suppose to help the horses muscles heal faster I think. Their riders and trainers must carry this tragedy for the rest of their lives, let's hope these poor horses did not die in vain and that they learned their lesson. Have a wonderful day .......:-) Hugs

  2. Having been the owner of race horses, I have found that unscrupulous trainers will try just about anything to get the result they want. Winning is everything. They do care about the horses but they aren't veterinarians and they are trusting. It's like body builders taking steroids. They'll worry about side effects later. Many think if a little is good, more is better.

  3. That was HEARTBREAKING!! Awful!hughugs

  4. I do not think it was done intentionally but I hope we have learned from it. Animals feel pain and suffer too and there are reasons our country restricts the use of some things.