Top Canadian Racehorse Euthanized After Anesthesia Recovery Injury

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The Thoroughbred Times is reporting that 2000 Canadian Horse-of-the-Year Quiet Resolve was euthanized after colic surgery in February 1.

The 12-year-old Affirmed gelding, owned by Sam-Son Farm in Milton, Ontario, was trying to stand after emerging from anesthesia and had to be euthanized, according to a press release from the farm.

Blog readers will remember Barbaro's many pool recoveries after his surgeries. Many horses react violently and flail out involuntarily with their legs as they emerge from unconsciousness. New Bolton Center lowers the horses into and out of a pool so that the flailing is minimized and there are no hard objects for the horse to hit.

Many of us will never forget the gallant effort to repair the broken leg of champion filly Ruffian following her breakdown in the match race against champion colt Foolish Pleasure way back in 1975. While the surgery was deemed successful, she re-injured herself in the recovery stall as she came out of anesthesia and was euthanized.

There's a nice music and stills video montage about Ruffian in case you've forgotten her (who could forget?) or you are too young to have known how exciting a horse race could be...

Here's the link: [VIDEOSINGLE type="youtube" keyid="96wka0rBHWM", width="560", height="344"]

Interesting to note: ESPN is making a made-for-TV movie about Ruffian, which is due out in time for the Belmont Stakes in June of this year. The inevitable comparisons to Barbaro will bring him back into the news as a new Triple Crown series begins and this movie will fan the flames. I also highly recommend Jane Schwartz's book, Ruffian: Burning From the Start, which is no doubt out of print but I am sure you can still order it from Robin Bledsoe's horse bookshop.

The recovery stall injury syndrome is one reason why many racetrack breakdowns are not pursued. Most hospitals have padded recovery stalls with soft matted floors, but recovery can still be very dangerous to a horse.

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