PALM BEACH, FL – Twenty-one thoroughbred horses mysteriously died before a polo match on Sunday. What was the cause?

Officials are currently waiting on test results to find out why twenty-one horses from a Venezuelan team quickly fell ill and died before a match in a Florida polo tournament.

The team Lechuza Caracas were unloading at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida, for a US Open match when two horses collapsed. As vets rushed to revive the two, another five became dizzy and soon keeled over.

Intravenous tubes were used to help the horses breathe, but ultimately seven died on the scene. Some were immediate, others lingered for up to 45 minutes. Another seven died on the way to off-site medical care, and the last seven went overnight.

Although nothing is conclusive yet, veterinarians believe some kind of poison caused the heart failure. But how did the horses receive it? “It could be the water, hay, bedding. We just don’t know. When we find out what it is, we will take all the necessary actions,” said John A. Wash, the polo club’s president of club operations.

Dr. James Belden said it remains to be seen “whether it’s something in the environment or something that the horses were exposed to.” He said the routine in the horses’ stable ahead of the match was absolutely normal, leading many to wonder if it was in fact sabotage.

Each horse was valued at $100,000, bringing the loss to over $2,000,000 for the Lechuza Caracas team.

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12 thoughts on “21 POLO HORSES DIE AT MATCH”

  1. Well sad as it is that the horses died, Im glad of the financial loss. Hopefully it will discourage people from using horses as tools for financial gain? even if it stops one parasite, its a good thing

    • I don't know who you think you are but what kind of ignorance allows you to call polo players "parasites"????? You are closer to the definition of parasite or maybe some kind of opportunistic infection since you find it so appropriate to use this tragedy to hop onto your personal pin-headed soap box. Sadly the world is overpopulated with vulture-types like yourself. YOU ARE PATHETIC!!!!!

    • That's a vague and uninformed comment to make. Perhaps you can elaborate on how these people are using horses for financial gain? Unless you're in the racing industry, there is little to no financial gain to be had in the horse business. Quite the opposite, in fact. Are you reacting to the value placed upon the animals? A horse valued at $100k generally has two or three times that amount invested into him. You will find that the majority of people you label as "using horses for financial gain" earn their money elsewhere and spend it treating their horses like royalty. I don't know these particular people you call "parasites", but I suspect they treated their horses better than anyone has ever treated you. Also, you may as well quell your glee for the "financial loss"…… horses of this value are always insured.

  2. Children please… stop the bickering. This is one of the saddest things I've ever heard and truly believe somethng is afoot here. When they find the person responsible, arrest him, he divulges the person's name that paid him to do it, they let him… I just hope someone poisons him, lol!

  3. anytime any thing is killed for personal or for business gains is pathetic. I also hope they find the person or persons who did this. I cannot say what I would like to be done to them.What did these beautiful creatures ever do to deserve this?

  4. Well, anippy, it isn't certain that anyone did this just yet. It makes you think all with what happened with West niles.. I hope this isn't something that is in the hay.. or in the air? And pray that no one would do this intentionally. What reason would anyone have to do so? These horses were of extreme talent… such beautiful creatures lives were taken. And whether that's by man or not.. let the results to decide.

  5. To the man who wrote that first blog. I wish we knew who you were sir because you would be my first choice for the guilty of this . Know that!!

  6. The saddest thing here…is that a concoction of medicine was given to 21 horses that was not legislated by the government. This would never happen to a human being. I belong to the Greyhound society and rescue as well own a greyhound. What a shame that these athletes have no legislation that controls experimental medicinal values amongst them. God speed….and forshame.

  7. All this talk about regulation, ill-intent, and illegal drugs…IT'S ALL MAKING ME SO ANGRY!! WAKE UP PEOPLE–this was a mixing error by the pharmacy. I don't care what the drug is–if they don't have the quality control to make sure they are mixing the correct proportions–this could happen to ANY drug being made-legal or not. Mistakes like this happen more often than you think–to humans AND animals. Even high school chemistry classes emphasize 'read twice, measure once!'

  8. It is Christmas, but it is also a lot of other holidays, even IN the US. If someone wants to encomp ass them all, that"s their right and nothing to get your panties in a bunch about. Sheesh.Typing on a iPhone. -The camera on the back makes since, not for pictures but for FaceTime. Don"t forget you can switch cameras on FaceTime to show the other person what you are looking at.DP, no i got it. ! haha, yeah that sounds exactly what you would need. that way you wouldn"t be alerted with mates from work unless it was the weekend and you randomly were somewhere near.


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