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  1. #1
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    Default Tragic Loss of "Key West" set to be ridden at Pan Am by Tom Dvorak.

    My deepest condolances to the Owners and also to Tom. So very tragic.

    http://www.equinecanada.ca/dressage/...tid=81&lang=en



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    Such a terrible loss to the Trakehner breed and a heartbreak to his human family.
    ~Another proud member of the TrakehNERD clique ~



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    Condolences on the loss.
    Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
    Originally Posted by alicen:
    What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.



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    What a sad loss. Jingles to his owners/rider. I couldnt get the article to load. There is also an article on dressage daily about it.



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    Key captured many hearts. His beautiful expression, kind heart and impressive talent was a rare combination. He leaves a very large hole behind.



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    Oh, how sad!



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    Sad news...

    How does something like compression of the spinal cord happen? Is that a training injury? And is it common in only dressage or other sport horse disciplines as well?
    Barn rat for life

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    Quote Originally Posted by wcporter View Post

    How does something like compression of the spinal cord happen?
    I was wondering the same thing, I've never heard of it before. My heart goes out to all involved.



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    The compression developed from unknown advanced arthritic changes in his neck.

    Key was never lame or showed any resistance/stiffness while under saddle to give any indication of the condition the was silently coping with; talk about heart.

    One day in he looked uncomfortable and stiff in the stall, unable to lower his head fully and was immediately attended by Veterinarians, then taken to a clinic where a surgeon delivered a devastating diagnosis. Nothing could be done, the nerves and spinal cord were affected. The decision was made to free him from his pain. He was only 11, arthritis is cruel in its selection.



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    Thanks for the explanation, how devastating for all involved



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    What a terrible loss for the owners and rider and the Trakehner community. My deepest condolences.
    ~Amy~ TrakehNERD clique
    *Bugs 5/86-3/10 OTTB Mare* RIP lovely Lady, I miss you
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    I too was wondering how an injury like that could happen. Thanks for enlightening us, Emy.



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    Very sad, Kaspari was absolutely stunning and such a sweet guy.

    My condolences to all who loved him.



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    How tragic. My condolences, too, to all who loved him.
    Charter member of the I-Refuse-to-Relinquish-My-Whip Clique



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    They were Canada's big hope and destined to clean up at the Pan Ams. Emy, would you please tell Tom that his American friend with no sense of direction is so very sorry to hear about this loss.

    Sandy



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