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BARBARO UPDATE: News conference scheduled for 11

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Freelance Hack, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    Here's the thing -- the Jacksons are in a damned if they do/damned if they don't situation.

    If they continue medical treatment, people are going to say they did it just for the stud fees.

    If they don't, people are going to say why did they put him through all this -- or why didn't they let the treatment run its course.

    If this was a person, there would be no discussion. You'd work to save them -- unless the person had a DNR.

    I believe there's more than just a financial attachment to the horse. There has to be an emotional one as well, or at least I hope there is.
  2. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Doesn't the fact that his leg broke indicate - well - a genetic flaw? Why is he such a prized stud horse?
  3. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    Not really. He may have just taken a bad step or landed in a depression on the track. Doesn't mean his bones are brittle.
  4. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    He will never stand at stud. The connections already knew that the day he went down at Pimlico. More likely they're just trying to keep the sport's rep from circling the drain for the final time.
  5. CatchMeUp

    CatchMeUp Member

    The truth is, if there will be no stud career, that he's probably worth more dead at this point -- they can collect on the insurance. So it's hard to question the owners' motives here in trying to save the horse.
  6. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    The Jacksons are filthy rich anyway. They don't give a damn about the stud fees. That money means about as much to them as the change floating around inside my couch means to me.
  7. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    He may not be worth much as a stud, if he even has a stud career. But there are plenty of people who would love to come and see a Kentucky Derby champion.
  8. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

    I honestly think that they're preparing us for the worst.
  9. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I'm not a horse expert, but laminitis is what Secretariat was put down for, at an aged-but-not-ancient age of 19.
  10. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Pretty much.
  11. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    Of course stud fees are a factor, but I think the owners deserve the benefit of any doubt here. I really think they are doing because people like my 11-year-old daughter care about it. If they didn't, they probably could have euthanized the horse earlier. I also think that the extraordinary efforts to save Barbaro might help in future care and treatment of horses.
  12. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Didn't his hoof come down on the hoof of another horse?
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