July 22, 2018
21 Years At the Iroquois
“The death of a horse here is rare, and I’ve never seen one post-race,” he said, referring to the collapse of Arcadius just after winning this year’s prestigious $150,000 Iroquois Steeplechase. “I’ve seen two horses go down on the track, die quickly, in similar conditions. But this year’s race was a cool day, the track was good, and there was not much to do – until after the last race.”
“The track is much safer now than it was in the past. The brush jumps have been changed – the horses can jump through them without injury. The timber jumps break away. So the jumps are constructed to protect the horses.
“Usually, the only problems we get are heat exhaustion, or electrolyte imbalance. We are there primarily as support for the horses.”
Tennessee Equine Hospital also sponsored the $30,000 Grand Prix at Brownland Farms’ Nashville Country Horse Show, May 23-27.
Tennessee Equine Hospital is located in Thompsons Station, TN, south of Franklin.
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