Wednesday 07 November - 22h43 | Lulu Kyriacou
UAE Endurance Season Begins With More Horse Deaths
The 2018/19 Endurance season in the UNited Arab Emirates has barely begun and already two horses have been listed as dead on the FEI Database.
In the CEI 80km in Dubai today (7th November) two horses, namely HENHAM FEATHERSTONE (UAE) (FEI Reg 105JJ43) who is a 10 year old gelding originally from South Africa and
DENELDAN SHANARY (UAE) (FEI Reg 105SS86), a 10 year old gelding originally from Australia, were listed on the provisional results information available from official scorers Tawqeet, as eliminated for minor injury (MI) but both horses were then listed as deceased within hours on the FEI Database (see images).
This ride was only the second FEI ride for Deneldan Shanary, who was eliminated for metabolics (ME) on the first ride at Vet Gate 1 on the 31st of October, just one week before this ride.
What caused these deaths is unknown and likely to remain that way because although FEI Veterinary regulations state that (in any FEI sport, not only endurance) that "the Veterinary Delegate must ensure that a full gross post mortem examination is carried out on any Horse that is euthanased or dies at an FEI Event regardless of the circumstances surrounding the Horse’s death....." if a horse is badly injured or very sick and transported off site, BEFORE being euthanised, this rule does not apply. The most recent high profile example of this was the horse called Barack Obamah at the recent World Equestrian Games in Tryon. The New Zealand team horse became extremely distressed during the delayed race, and was subsequently put to sleep but this was some hours later at a veterinary hospital and so no post mortem was requited.
The FEI has recently set up a temporary committee to urgently address the issues affecting endurance and this is one area that must surely be looked at. As must qualification and rest periods, because it appears quite clear that Deneldan Shanary was not sufficiently prepared or rested from his intial FEI ride a week ago. Perhaps any elimination should have a compulsory month long rest perion attached to it. On this occasion the horse was allowed to start a second ride in a week only carrying a small time penalty for his quick reappearance.
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