This happened three days ago during the filled-to-capacity World Cup competition in Italy, but I found it too sad and shocking to write about it at
the time. I am not a particular follower of this sport, but I have spent a few hours here and there in front of a televized broadcast, mezmerised and
cheering for this team and all others who have shown us the grace, beauty and disciplined coordination involved. The horse riding community is still
His name was Hickstead, the equine star of the Eric Lamaze-Hickstead show jumping team. The team had just cleared a hurdle during the competition
when upon landing, Hickstead simply keeled over and collapsed on his side, away from his rider. His death came swiftly after what appeared to be an
agonizing end in which his legs flailed seizure-like in the air. Horrified and shocked onlookers could not believe what they were seeing. Experts
now state Hickstead suffered a massive acute aortic rupture.
In an interview a few minutes ago, Eric Lamaze said he will take a little time to reassess his future. He is an Olympian who had no plans to retire
before the 2012 games, but now he is clearly devastated as are his fans, who wonder if he can ever find another horse that so suits him like Hickstead
did. Hickstead was fifteen years old. A truly sad time for all, both fans and animal lovers alike. Here's wishing Eric the best.
look, I'm so sorry I didn't want to start an argument. The video posted is from the 2008 Belgium olympics where they took a medal. 2 total, to be
My husband died 2 years ago at the age of 46 of a massive heart attack - a widow maker - acute myocardial infarction. he was not an athlete. he was
in ICU with the flu. SH** happens.
I'm sorry to seem to argue, I'm just saying it happens. very unfortunate with Hickstead that it happened so publicly.
I went to some videos on youtube and was simply appalled at the comments. of course, youtube is notorious for trolls and arguements.
I'm just sticking up for natural accurances I suppose.
It's sad, any loss like that is sad.
again, I don't want to argue, just stating what I see.
peace to you too.
The official cause of death was announced as stated in the OP as being a ruptured aorta.
As for foaming at the mouth,
Horses have a saliva duct behind their jaw and when the jaw is relaxed and supple the horse will salivate a lot...It is absolutely normal for a
horse to secrete foamy saliva during physical exertion. In fact, this is often considered a positive physical trait because it indicates the horse is
relaxed and being ridden correctly. In horses that are tense or have bad posture, the salivary duct is inhibited and their mouth dries out. Before
competitions, many owners feed their horse sugar to stimulate the salivary gland and "soften" the mouth.
The point is that the animal was part of a sports team and he absolutely knew that he was going to perform and wanted to please. Perhaps he was
anxious and even nervous about the heat, but his pattern has been one of zealousness to perform well. He was cleared to perform by a veterinary
doctor. No one in the sport entourage has suggested this animal was not well looked after, but I'm confident that if there was anything ontoward
about his treatment, some people in the know will certainly bring it forward, don't you think?
Here in Canada this was all over the news. I'm an animal person so this was very sad for me, and after reading about how great HIckstead was
compared to other horses in the sport makes it even more so. When I first heard about it I figured it was a heart attack or similar. It would have
been horrible to see that in person.
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