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  1. #21
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    Feb. 10, 2006
    Middle of Nowhere, take a right, FL


    Actually bones heal stronger than the original. But that doesn't mean the same factors that led to the first injury (conformation, lack of fitness, hard track, bad trim/shoes, whatever) aren't still present. Tendons and ligaments on the other hand do not heal good as new, they are weaker because healing is done with scar tissue which lacks elasticity and is more likely to get re-injured.
    Every mighty oak was once a nut that stood its ground.

    Proud Closet Canterer! Member Riders with Fibromyalgia clique.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Feb. 14, 2001
    Lexington, KY / Ocala, FL


    Sometimes you're darned if you do, and darned if you don't.

    I think they made an honest attempt to bring her back to racing; as ejm said earlier, if they'd been dead-set on retirement, the mare would be at the farm in foal by now.

    I recall a particular horse (with relevant connections) that was pulled from stud duty last year, and went back to racing. He broke down in the BC. They brought the horse back to race for the public...but it ain't always a fairytale.

    Would've loved to see Rags run some more. Oh well, that's racing.
    “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
    ? Albert Einstein


  3. #23
    Join Date
    Sep. 17, 2006


    They brought the horse back to race for the public...
    Not really.

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Jul. 2, 1999


    Props to her owners for this gesture:

    3/26 NTRA "Rags To Riches Owners Donating Royalties From Breyer Model Horse To NTRA Charities - Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund"

    To date, sales of the Rags to Riches Breyer horse have generated over $10,000 for the PDJF since the product was introduced last November.

    "We are extremely grateful to Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, who agreed to the deal with Breyer chiefly due to its potential to raise funds for the PDJF," said Alex Waldrop, President and CEO of the NTRA. "We are also very appreciative of Breyer's continued support of worthy, racing-related causes."

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