Old Friends Retiree Bull Inthe Heather Euthanized

Bull Inthe Heather, winner of the 1993 Florida Derby, was euthanized April 5 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Kentucky.

The 24-year-old Thoroughbred had been receiving intensive treatment from Bryan Waldridge, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP, ACVIM, and Bryan Fraley, DVM, for a combination of health issues, but over the last week his quality of life and prospects of recovery diminished.

After a successful racing and breeding career, Bull Inthe Heather was retired to Old Friends in 2006. As the best son of 1987 Horse of the Year and 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand, whose death in an overseas slaughterhouse aroused the groundswell of support that enabled Old Friends' formation, Bull Inthe Heather played an important role in the organization's public education efforts.

In 2012 Bull Inthe Heather inspired a Breyer benefit model horse. The "Hops and Horses" event to benefit Old Friends on April 10 will feature a glass honoring Bull Inthe Heather, sponsored by Southern States, with artwork by Anjelica Huston. Bull Inthe Heather, like many horses, was fond of beer.

Old Friends' president and founder Michael Blowen said, "He was probably the toughest horse at Old Friends and yet he was kind and loved to have his back rubbed. Because he had a rough time the last few months, he was a staff favorite and we will miss him very much."

Originally published on BloodHorse.com.

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