For the second time in three years, a horse had to be killed following a leg of the Triple Crown.
In 2006, Barbaro eventually was killed after trying to recover from a fractured hind leg.
And of course, we're now in the aftermath of Eight Belles' sad demise.
Lost in the conversation of whether horse racing is brutal, did the jockey ride the filly wrong and PETA's stance is exactly why Eight Belles was killed.
It usually has little to do with economic elements like an owner's pocket book or the horse's stud factor. It has more to do with the nature of the injury.
There is little blood circulation and muscle in the legs of horses. So a break in the leg could sever the few blood vessels that do provide flow. Without blood flow, gangrene could set in.
If the skin is broken, it's another, worse story. If the leg's soft tissue was exposed due to broken skin, not only would more blood vessels be likely to rupture, bacteria, and hence infection could occur.
And an infected horse is troublesome. Antibiotics are hard to administer due to the size of the animal, and because such large doses -- on top of the painkillers already administered -- are required, it wrecks havoc on the horse's gastrointestinal system.
If the bone is fractured, and without strong blood flow, the dead bone particles can become infected and contaminate the remaining healthy bones.
Also, because horses are horses, they don't rehab like humans. They can't sit still, they don't stay laying down and they'll favor the healthy legs, which can often lead to laminitis. Laminitis is a condition in which blood flow to the hoof is compromised, and results in an extremely painful condition for horses. Essentially, the hoof starts to separate from the bone and the soft tissue in the foot becomes the load bearer for the weight of the horse. It's one of the main reasons Barbaro was eventually killed, despite successful surgeries.
There are also the risks associated with surgery, notably anesthesia. Horses waking up post-surgery often get disoriented and flail about, which can lead to re-injury. Barbaro was awoken using a technique called water recovery, which involved awakening the Kentucky Derby winner in a tank, by use of sling. It worked, but it's not the norm.
Also, the science just isn't there. Most equine treatments are simply re-calibrated human procedures.
So while killing a horse with fractured or broken legs seems inhumane, the road to recovery can often lead to more harm -- and the same eventual result.
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