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  1. #41
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    What a devastating loss. I am speechless. Such a simple little thing like lying down to roll and now he's gone. Just horrible.


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    This is such a shame. He really caught my eye on X-C at Rolex. My most sincere condolences to all involved.
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    Such sad and heartbreaking news. I am so sorry for all who loved this wonderful horse.
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    It is difficult to believe that he was running a brilliant cross country less than a week ago.

    Condolences to everyone who loved him. RIP.
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    My thoughts are with his people. So very, very sad.


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    Such an absolute tragedy. Sending hugs to and condolences to all those involved.


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    So sad. I have a mare who broke her withers getting cast in her stall....while that injury was bad enough, she had split her head open at the top of the poll and my vet was actually more concerned with that injury. A few millimeters off and she would have hit a major nerve bundle up there.....My mare was lucky and fully recovered. I'm so sad that Smoke was not as lucky. So hard to grasp that they could get so hurt in their stall...or in their field...they are so damn fragile.

    He was a very special horse and one of my favorites to watch. He had a lot of talent and a very exciting future. My thoughts are with his team.
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    I was just replaying his XC round last night to show my coworkers, he was a beautiful horse to watch go. Then this morning I see this thread.

    So very sorry for all of his connections. I cannot imagine the heartbreak.
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    Condolences!
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    My condolences to all of his connections. I'm so sorry for your loss.
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    To see him gallop over fences was to fall in love. What a devastating loss for Marilyn and all involved with this incredible horse. I was so looking forward to following his career. Deepest condolences.
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    This is truly heartbreaking and another devastating loss for our sport. It does seem a bit odd to make the decision so quickly though.



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    Quote Originally Posted by runNjump86 View Post
    This is truly heartbreaking and another devastating loss for our sport. It does seem a bit odd to make the decision so quickly though.
    I find it in incredibly bad taste to question someone's decision on putting a horse down.

    Condolences to all involved. I am certain that you made the best decision for that horse.


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    Very very sad for everyone. Jingles to you Smoke in horsey heaven!

    Here's some good of this... my dear friend, horsewoman and artist Becky Raubacher had the good fortune to sketch him and Marilyn on course at Rolex! We are waiting for her final rendering. It will be beautiful I am sure. (Animals To Wear)
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    Deepest sympathies to those that loved Smoke. No words...



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    Quote Originally Posted by runNjump86 View Post
    This is truly heartbreaking and another devastating loss for our sport. It does seem a bit odd to make the decision so quickly though.
    Sometimes a quick decision is necessary, I would expect any horse person to realize this; and I don't think any of us should second guess their decision. He was treated at the Marion du Pont Scott Equestrian Medical Center, I would think they know what they are doing.

    What a great loss, my condolences to everyone who loved and cared for Smoke.


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    Quote Originally Posted by runNjump86 View Post
    This is truly heartbreaking and another devastating loss for our sport. It does seem a bit odd to make the decision so quickly though.

    Not if he was suffering. They can break their back, pelvis, neck...and can often have nurological damage. In my mare's case, she was slaming her head when she was thrashing to get un stuck (and split it open to the bone as well as breaking her withers). We were very lucky she didn't kill herself....the damage they can do to themselves is impressively bad. I'm sure there was no question that the right thing to do was put him down...if he was saveable....they would have tried to save him...and they did, it just was in his best interest to let him go. It is the damn hardest decision you ever have to make....

    It's scary if you haven't known a horse to get hurt in this manner to realize how badly they can hurt themselves in a stall....just like they can in a field. They are heartbreakers.
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    I'm sure she didn't make that decision lightly and the injury must have been truly catastrophic. Have been there a couple of times and it's SO gutwrenching. My heart hurts for her. Godspeed Smoke!
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    Dr Baird: "We must never forget how frail these powerful creatures are."

    Sad but true.
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    So sad to read this.

    Yes, unless you have experienced it, it is really hard to understand how fast a horse can go from tearing around happy and whole to complete catastrophe. Heartbreaking is the word.
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