Second Rolex Horse Euthanized

The Quiet Man, a 12-year-old Irish gelding, was euthanized today after sustaining an injury during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event. The horse, ridden by Sarah Hansel, fractured his distal scapula and the shoulder joint of his right front leg, according to a statement released by Catherina Kohn, VMD, veterinary delegate for the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).

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The Quiet Man fell at fence 13 during yesterday's cross-country competition. He was transferred to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute for evaluation.

"The prognosis for recovery was very poor," Kohn stated. "The attending veterinarians and the horse's owners agreed that, for the horse’s welfare, euthanasia was the best course of action."

Hansel was not injured in the accident.

The Quiet Man was the second horse to be euthanized following a fall on this year's Rolex course. Frodo Baggins, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred from New Zealand was euthanized after sustaining a skull fracture and serious lung injury. Equestrian Laine Ashker, 24, Frodo Baggins' rider, remains hospitalized.

For more on this see Rider in Hospital, Horse Euthanized After Accident at Rolex Event.

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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