reply to post by mythatsabigprobe
Molded hay can sure kill a horse, but I seriously doubt that's what happened in this particular case. A horse that has eaten moldy hay usually have
other symptoms that appear, and can be treated immediately, before a horse will die. Unless the person caring for the horse is totally clueless,
which I also doubt in this case. Polo, race, rodeo horses are VERY WELL cared for and pampered. They cost a lot of money and have to be in peak
physical condition to do what they do. Moldy hay can usually be smelled as soon as a flake is broken off the bail, so no horse person would ever feed
moldy hay intentionally. And ya' don't let a dimwit care for a $100,000 horse! So, I would rule that out.
The grain they were fed would be a more likely cause, but since it was only these particular horses, and not others fed the same kind of grain, that
also seems unlikely. High performance horses are fed basically the same kind of grain as other horses, it is just amped up with additional vitamins
and minerals. If a lot of feed was contaminated by something, there would be hundreds of cases of horses being sick, kinda like the incident with the
dog food a couple of years ago. Same thing with it being the water. Any horse that drank from the same water supply would be sick.
Since this was just one particular stable, it had to be something that ONLY these 24 horses were exposed to. It could be some disease going around
their stable (kinda like the flu gets passes around from one family member to another). Although that is highly unlikely also. These horses are
pampered and vet checked constantly. Trainers just don't use horses that even have the slightest indication that something is wrong before an
So, I'm thinking it had to be something they were given or exposed to between the vet check and going on the field. Could have very well been some
performance enhancing drug they were given or something someone intentionally slipped them.
Whatever it was, it was something that only these horses were exposed to or there would have been a field full of dead horses. So, that eliminates a
number of things.
This really interests me because I have worked for race horse trainers, broke and trained horses of my own and, many years ago, cared for a stable of
Polo horses that belonged to the University of Oklahoma.
There have been many cases over the years of owner/trainers having their own horses "murdered" in various ways so they could collect the insurance
money. Also, cases where a competing owner/trainer killed a horse so their horse would win.
hardamber, I also have never heard of any kind of vaccine for botulism in hay.