Equine vets to be commended for doing all they could
The horses were all part of the Venezuelan-owned team Lechuza Caracas, and fell ill shortly before a Sunday tournament match in the U.S. Open Polo Championship, the AP reported.
International Polo Club President John Wash called the deaths "devastating" and "heartbreaking, to see that many horses get sick all at once." But this has been labeled an isolated incident, and the games will resume Wednesday.
I'm not familiar with the everyday treatment of polo horses. In regards to other equine sports my feelings are hopelessly mixed on the Kentucky Derby -- an awesome event, but don't even get me started on Eight Belles. One of these days I'll also blog about donkeyball, recently featured in the New York Times, which for all intents and purposes may not even be mentionable in the same breath. My research is pending.
What I do know, though, is that Sunday's polo veterinarians snapped to action with intravenous lines, fans and water hoping to rescue the ill -- which for most vets is a passion. The loss of these horses is tremendously sad, but my thoughts now are with those who struggled to care for the animals and ultimately found themselves unable to save even one life.
-- Sandra M. Klepach, SKlepach@News-Herald.com