UAE Endurance Season Begins With More Horse Deaths

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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.  

 - UAE Endurance Season Begins With More Horse Deaths

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.

 - UAE Endurance Season Begins With More Horse Deaths


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