Canada Horse euthanized after injuring leg at Stampede chuckwagon races

04:12  11 july  2017
04:12  11 july  2017 Source:   Calgary Herald

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A thoroughbred horse that severely injured its leg after racing in Sunday evening’s chuckwagon event at the Calgary Stampede has been euthanized.

The leg fracture, which officials say is common to thoroughbred horses in the racing industry, occurred on the Rangeland Derby track after the fifth heat of the chuckwagon races was finished Sunday evening.

The horse belonging to Roger Moore was immediately removed from the track, assessed by an on-site veterinarian team and then transported by ambulance for more examination.

A veterinarian discovered the animal had a severely fractured cannon bone on its left hind leg and determined the horse needed to be put down.

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A horse has been euthanized after breaking its leg during the chuckwagon races on the first night of the Calgary Stampede . The sixth died after experiencing health difficulties 40 minutes after a chuckwagon race .

July 2009/Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Two horses died of heart attacks after the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races , and a third broke a leg and was euthanized . June 14, 2009/Casper, Wyoming: A horse was euthanized after injuring her spinal column at the College National Finals Rodeo.

“We’re all sombre today. Nobody ever wants to lose an animal,” Mike Piper, chair of the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon committee, said Monday.

Piper said the type of bone injury the animal sustained is “an unfortunate reality” that’s common among that particular breed of horse.

“It’s a genetic thing that (some of) these animals have,” Piper said.

“It can happen in the field, to be quite honest with you, if they’re out running around there.”

Piper said while Stampede officials and drivers do their best to prevent all injuries, they are a reality of any sport.

“I’d love to prevent everything,” he said. “It’s no different than a football player sustaining a concussion who’s wearing a helmet.”

The chair of the chuckwagon committee added that drivers and horses develop deep personal relationships and the committee is respecting Moore’s privacy.

“There were no other injuries and we weren’t even close to a situation back there,” Piper said. “Roger (Moore) did what all of our drivers do, was a true pro and managed to get everything under control. We’re really proud of him.”

The fatality marks the first horse death of the this year’s Stampede and comes after an unusual year, when no animals were killed or seriously hurt during the 2016 event.

Safety measures, including new wagon inspections, a rebuild of the inside rail and a repositioning of the barrels, were introduced at last year’s Stampede after four horses died in the 2015 Rangeland Derby.

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