Laine Ashker’s horse Frodo Baggins was humanely euthanized after a fall at Fence 5 on the cross-country course at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** on April 26.
After the fall, Frodo Baggins was immediately attended by a team of veterinarians. He was given intravenous fluids and supportive medications for shock and pain. After he was stablilized, he was sedated and transported by ambulance to nearby Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, where he was immediately attended by emergency personnel.
Further tests showed that Frodo Baggins had sustained a fracture at the base of his skull, as well as a severe lung injury. As the prognosis was very poor, a representative of the family concurred that euthanasia was the most humane option for the horse. A complete necropsy examination will be performed. Everyone at the event is saddened by the loss of this brave horse.
Ashker was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital, where it was determined she sustained a fractured jaw, broken ribs and collarbone, punctured lungs and lost some teeth. She is on a ventilator in critical but stable condition at a level 1 trauma center at UK.
The Quiet Man, ridden by Sarah Hansel, was injured in a fall over Fence 13 on cross-country. The horse fell on the landing side of the fence and was lame in the right front leg.
The Quiet Man was transported by horse ambulance to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. X-rays showed that the horse had sustained a fracture of the right distal scapula.
Dr. Catherine Kohn announced today, April 27, that specialists at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute had re-examined Sarah Hansel’s mount The Quiet Man, who was injured in a fall on cross-country at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** on April 26.
Upon re-examination, the veterinarians discovered more damage to the right front shoulder than previously thought. “There were several pieces of the fracture, and it was determined that the prognosis was poor for athletic performance or comfort. They made the decision for humane euthanasia, which was performed this morning,” Kohn said.