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  • $140,000 Horse found dead after flight

    This is so sad. I wonder what happened.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/m...8KKPfwsuZ12XIP

  • #2
    Originally posted by spotnnotfarm View Post
    This is so sad. I wonder what happened.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/m...8KKPfwsuZ12XIP

    It is sad, but it must have been something congenital. Another possibility is some sort of bad reaction to a sedative.
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    • #3
      Not only sad but wierd it was "found dead". Don't grooms travel with horses on flights? I would think that is a requirement .If a horse gets out of control on a flight it could bring the plane down.I would imagine if it got to kicking at the beginning of the flight ,it was given something,and that may have gone very wrong.I am sure someone knows what happened.

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      • #4
        I also think it's weird that it was 'found dead'. There must be more to the story. I have flown with horses before and there is always someone going back and forth to check on them, try to give them water, check hay, etc. It's not often the horses get tranquilized, as far as I know, either.
        And if a horse is freaking out/considered dangerous, they don't bring the plane down, the horse has to be put down. And from what I hear, not in a very nice way, either.
        Rather intrigued about this story now...
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        • #5
          MooCow, I agree with you completely, and as you know, during take off and landing a groom is NOT allowed to check on the horses, its too dangerous to walk around. I have flown with Air Al El 4 times and they mean business if something goes wrong. if you know what I mean. They (the pilots) did not speak English and I did not speak their language but they showed me where the gun was just in case I needed. Thank god I never did.


          Found dead would imply that the groom on the flight was not doing their job, there was no groom (highly unlikely), pony had a heart attack or something unpreventable during flight, and it would have been found dead as there is no way to contact the ground crew receiving the horses during the flight.
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          • #6
            how often is a ONE year old pony/warmblood? worth $140K??
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            • #7
              "found dead" could also mean the groom was not in front of the horse when it died. As in, was checking on other horses/going the bathroom/etc. and came back to a dead horse.

              Sounds like it could have colicked or something.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by wcporter View Post
                how often is a ONE year old pony/warmblood? worth $140K??
                I was thinking some one just got confused with a yearling and a pony. You know how people think a pony will grow up to be a horse.
                My husband picks up horses from JFK all the time and I'll have to check with him because I know there is on airline that he has to deal with sometimes that is really screwy. Not an airline I would ever recommend.

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                • #9
                  I find it very suspicious that the pony was "found dead". If that were indeed the case, the groom didn't do his/her job. As others have said, there's a lot more to this story. Poor pony.
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                  • #10
                    That is the airline. My husband said attendants are not always horse people. Also the article does say that the pony/horse/yearling started kicking 30 minutes after take off, calmed down and then was found dead "a short time later". So that makes it sound like it was found during the flight. Shipping a yearling is not easy unless they are used to traveling. And really how many are used to it?

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                    • #11
                      I'm no vet, but is there a possibility that some pre-existing issue not normally found in a PPE could've been made worse by the pressure changes?

                      Article did say there was going to be a necropsy..although not holding out hope that any media will cover the results.
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                      • #12
                        I have read that horses are euthanized if they cause a problem, which I honestly don't get. I mean a large plane can't handle a horse kicking, etc? Why can't they just sedate the horse?

                        ALso, some folks have posted that the horse is shot. Holy cow, I mean, I don't think I'd want someone shooting a horse, what God forbid if they miss and the bullet goes through the skin of the plane, creating a hole.
                        I would think a needle would be a whole lot safer.

                        I do have a very needle phobic horse, and I have seen many vets stick that horse as she rears, pulls away, pushes into the vet, etc. so I do believe it can be done. I didn't before I saw the expertise of some of my vets with aiming and sticking and getting a vein. Some sedatives I don't think even need a vein.

                        Just curious and wondering what the procedures are and why.

                        I mean honestly, if a horse is on a tractor trailer and starts freaking, I have never heard of them being shot, and a tractor trailer weighs a lot less than a plane, and can be a deadly incident too.
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                        • #13
                          oh goodness. horses drop suddenly from mysterious causes in all sorts of locations. What is remarkable is that, with the stress of air travel, container shipping, noise, sedation etc, that it doesn't happen more often.



                          The price is also remarkable.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by fivehorses View Post
                            I have read that horses are euthanized if they cause a problem, which I honestly don't get. I mean a large plane can't handle a horse kicking, etc? Why can't they just sedate the horse?

                            ALso, some folks have posted that the horse is shot. Holy cow, I mean, I don't think I'd want someone shooting a horse, what God forbid if they miss and the bullet goes through the skin of the plane, creating a hole.
                            I would think a needle would be a whole lot safer.

                            I do have a very needle phobic horse, and I have seen many vets stick that horse as she rears, pulls away, pushes into the vet, etc. so I do believe it can be done. I didn't before I saw the expertise of some of my vets with aiming and sticking and getting a vein. Some sedatives I don't think even need a vein.

                            Just curious and wondering what the procedures are and why.

                            I mean honestly, if a horse is on a tractor trailer and starts freaking, I have never heard of them being shot, and a tractor trailer weighs a lot less than a plane, and can be a deadly incident too.
                            Sedatives don't always work and can make the situation worse if the horse reacts badly to them.

                            I think it's less about the horse kicking that what would happen if they broke lose- the weight has to be carefully balanced, and having a large, out of control animal lose on a plane sounds like a good way to have a crash.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kookicat View Post
                              Sedatives don't always work and can make the situation worse if the horse reacts badly to them.

                              I think it's less about the horse kicking that what would happen if they broke lose- the weight has to be carefully balanced, and having a large, out of control animal lose on a plane sounds like a good way to have a crash.
                              I think it's also a risk if the horse could damage the plane enough to make it depressurize at a high altitude. I think that was even in a Dick Francis novel years ago.

                              I've flown with horses a few times, but they were not youngsters. Poor horse.

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                              • #16
                                Pilots have to speak English--it's the language of aviation worldwide so to speak--in order
                                to talk with air traffic controllers. At least enough to converse with ATC,
                                ground control, etc.

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                                • #17
                                  chose the airline carefully for your horse

                                  It depends on the airline whether grooms are allowed during take off and landing.
                                  Also the level of expierience and education of grooms varies from airline to airline.
                                  Even the containers vary,some airlines I will not work with for that reason alone....

                                  KLM for instance has grooms with the horses during TO and Landing and their grooms are people employed by KLM with years of expierience flying horses.Most likely they have more than one person on board per container - the additional grooms are usually horse expierienced people that are selected by the transport company.

                                  I have been flying with horses for a lot of years (not as a proffessional) and several transport companies and airlines (my own horses and also for others) and my personal choice is for safety reasons KLM.

                                  uuuh,the stories I could tell.....

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                                  • #18
                                    Could the pressure change have caused a brain anurisym?

                                    How soon after take off or landing did this happen?
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by fivehorses View Post
                                      ALso, some folks have posted that the horse is shot. Holy cow, I mean, I don't think I'd want someone shooting a horse, what God forbid if they miss and the bullet goes through the skin of the plane, creating a hole.
                                      I would think a needle would be a whole lot safer.

                                      I mean honestly, if a horse is on a tractor trailer and starts freaking, I have never heard of them being shot, and a tractor trailer weighs a lot less than a plane, and can be a deadly incident too.
                                      A bullet is a quick and painless way to go, properly done. In fact, it would be my preferred method for my own horses, right here on the ground, if they were badly injured to the point of panic. Nothing makes you embrace a bullet quicker than watching a panicked horse fighting the euth. meds. And more importantly, a bullet keeps the person on the other end of the gun safe from a panicked, thrashing horse. Your vet may feel comfortable stepping in and dealing with your unruly mare, but that's not something that the average horse plane attendant should be required to do.

                                      I'm no gun expert either, but I doubt the caliber of bullet recommended for euthing horses is strong enough to pierce plane skin.

                                      Tractor trailers are significantly more sturdy than planes and less responsive to weight shifting thanks to having 18 wheels on the ground and not being suspended in mid air.

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                                      • #20
                                        Having just imported a pony on Wednesday, this was a scary story to read!

                                        Wondering if it was a pony or a horse, and worth $140,000 as a yearling?? Wow.

                                        Condolences to the owner. Waiting excitedly for your new arrival, only to find out it died en route would be awful.
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