final furlong is a blog dedicated to horse racing. here, we'll be posting the greats of the past, present, and future! mostly dirt racing, but possibly some turf racing or steeplechase thrown in there as well!

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startinggate:

Princess of Sylmar breezed with a gray workmate preparing for the Personal Ensign (I)

startinggate:

Princess of Sylmar breezed with a gray workmate preparing for the Personal Ensign (I)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
racinglegends:

Truly Perfect lives up to his name.
Photo: www.galoppfoto.de / Sabine Brose

racinglegends:

Truly Perfect lives up to his name.

Photo: www.galoppfoto.de / Sabine Brose

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
racinglegends:

This little guy by Frankel, out of American Grade Two winner India, is the second Frankel-foal to be named. Now known as Frankly Speaking.
Photo: Enzina Mastrippolito 

racinglegends:

This little guy by Frankel, out of American Grade Two winner India, is the second Frankel-foal to be named. Now known as Frankly Speaking.

Photo: Enzina Mastrippolito 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
racinglegends:

Social Inclusion after he beat Honor Code by 10 lenghts in an allowance at Gulfstream, March 2014.
Photo: Dana Wimpfheimer/EquiSport Photos

racinglegends:

Social Inclusion after he beat Honor Code by 10 lenghts in an allowance at Gulfstream, March 2014.

Photo: Dana Wimpfheimer/EquiSport Photos

racinglegends:

Social Inclusion works at Pimlico prior to the Preakness Stakes, May 2014.
Photo: X

racinglegends:

Social Inclusion works at Pimlico prior to the Preakness Stakes, May 2014.

Photo: X

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
racinglegends:

The day can’t get any better, as The Fugue and William Buick just won the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. I am so happy. <3
Photo: X

racinglegends:

The day can’t get any better, as The Fugue and William Buick just won the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. 
I am so happy. <3

Photo: X

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
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With the passing of Intense Holiday, I felt the need to write this. I’ve been a racing enthusiast since I was a very small child, and have been involved with horses for 12 years. I want to work with horses as a veterinarian when I’m older. Nothing ever cures the heartache of losing a horse, be it your own or someone else’s.

I was absolutely devastated by Barbaro’s death. I was completely crushed. I still can’t talk about it or write my posts for his birthday or death day without crying. However, I never blamed anything or anyone for his death. Perhaps because I’m a religious person, I believe that God needed an angel, so He chose Barbaro. That’s what I believe about every horse we lose. I think Intense Holiday was chosen to be God’s next angel…even if he wasn’t, he still runs free in the Great Pasture in the Sky.

Laminitis is a really nasty thing, and a lot of people don’t understand what it actually is. Being a vet student hopeful, I’ve done a tidbit of research on it. Laminitis is where the laminae separate from the hoof wall. In severe cases, the pedal bone of the horse can become completely vertical. Imagine it like having to walk on point (like a ballerina.) The reason the horses are euthanized with severe laminitis is because of the pain they suffer and the fact that they can no longer walk, and when a horse cannot walk, that equals death (at least in the wild.)

Laminitis is caused by a laundry list of different things, from injury to genetic predisposition to metabolic problems and improper farrier care, even placental retention in mares. It’s difficult to pinpoint one sole cause of it, and that’s why we don’t have a cure. If caught early, it can be treated and a horse could potentially come out of it, but it’s difficult to diagnose early. In latter stages, there’s no guarantee a horse will make it.

We can blame everything we want: the breeding, the owners, the trainers, even the sport. While I won’t argue that there are some terribly inbred lines out there (Native Dancer, Mr. Prospector, anything descending from Nasrullah….), breeders aren’t doing their pedigree research, and that trainers push too hard sometimes, it’s not the reason horses in this sport die. It’s a hodgepodge of unfortunate things that we really have no control over. (I am partial to blaming bad breeding, but that’s my personal opinion.)

It’s difficult to deal with the loss of a talented horse, especially one so young, but Intense Holiday will live on in our memories and our photographs like all the other greats that have passed. We can’t begin to place blame for things we as enthusiasts have no control over. We have to try to accept it and move on. There will always be another crop of foals, there will always be another Kentucky Derby, there will always be another horse for us to fall in love with, so long as we don’t let the ones we loved fade from our memory.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Sad news, folks. Intense Holiday was euthanized today due to complications from laminitis.
Rest In Peace. April 20, 2011-June 12, 2014

Sad news, folks. Intense Holiday was euthanized today due to complications from laminitis.

Rest In Peace. April 20, 2011-June 12, 2014

 
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