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Fri, Apr 24 | By The Associated Press | 129

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- At the same time polo fans gathered to mourn 21 prized horses that died before a championship match, they learned that a wrongly mixed supplement may have been to blame for their deaths. The fans returned… more ›

Supplements to Blame for 21 Polo Horses' Deaths
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Cassaundra B.
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Cassaundra B.
4 years ago

Sad, rest in Peace for now you can fly with angel's wings.

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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

What a terrible shame & loss of some very beautiful horses...

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

why are we not hearing more about this. did the authories just call it an accident or is someone being charged. the vet? the pharmacist?

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Midwestwoman
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Midwestwoman
5 years ago

What a shame. That was some huge mistake....why couldn't they just let the hroses rest...why some pharmaceutical concoction? Hmm....

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Jennifer L.
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Jennifer L.
5 years ago

I don't believe in this horse racing thing to begin with. This is terrible. Who knows how many more horses in the U.S. have died because of using the same supplement.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

So tragic. I suspect the team will start carrying all their own supplements with them when they travel.

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NemoSAO
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NemoSAO
5 years ago

this is a sad article.i feel bad 4 the person that mixed the supplements wrong because he has 2 feel the guilt of accidentally killing 21 horses

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Patricia  C.
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Patricia C.
5 years ago

I hope there will be some liability for the people who mixed those supplements. I know I would be very upset if I lost my horse because someone mixed something wrong.

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Jean P.
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Jean P.
5 years ago

very sad.

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Krista
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Krista
5 years ago

So many people feel that the more supplements they give the better. This is a great example of how that can go horribly wrong. I have know people who have more supplements for their dogs than I have spices in my kitchen (and I do love my spices).

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
5 years ago

what happened to the good ole days of simplicity?

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sarah c.
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sarah c.
5 years ago

This makes me physically sick. Those horses were "juiced" for the benefit of the sport, and they died because of it. These senseless deaths could have been prevented.

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Kadiquilts
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Kadiquilts
5 years ago

This was one of the sadest stories ever.....the horses truly suffered..such a shame! My deepest sympathies to the owners.

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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
5 years ago

How these horses suffered. Hemorrhaging from a supposedly overdose of selenium in the mixture.

RIP beautiful babies

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
5 years ago

A terrible terrible tragedy and one that could have been avoided if the horses weren't in need of taking a supplement to help fight exhaustion!

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SISSI V.
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SISSI V.
5 years ago

Absolutely agree! What horse would need a supplement that has to be mixed up by a special facility, that is not approved by the FDA, and that is deadly if just a little off? For the love of the horse, or again, for the love of the sport????

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
5 years ago

It all boils down to the same sad truth--animals used in sport be it fighting or racing or performing or "glamorous" polo are just commodities used and abused for the benefit of entertainment and of course the almighty dollar!

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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

That is so very true....it really is such a senseless terrible tragedy.

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Carly T.
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Carly T.
5 years ago

That is sad and scary, but at least we know that they weren't intentionally killed. It is really sad, but mistakes happen.

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Diana  S.
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Diana S.
5 years ago

Hate to see this happen.

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Eileen G.
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Eileen G.
5 years ago

I was heartsick when I read this.

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Amber H.
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Amber H.
5 years ago

Well atleast it wasn't purposly done but still, people should be more careful and pay attention to their actions. 21 horses is alot. Horses are alot of money and it's very sad when they die (because of relationships. Not money:).

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SISSI V.
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SISSI V.
5 years ago

I think you hit the hammer on the nail when you pointed out that the horses were worth "money".
I doubt anyone really had a relationship with these horses. It may just be me, but watching this sport, it does not appear to me that anyone really cares about the horses other than keeping them intact so they can win.

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cheech
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cheech
5 years ago

how do you make mistakes like that ?It makes me wonder if it could happen to us as well !doesn't anybody care anymore?

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
5 years ago

This is sad & scary...

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
5 years ago

How sad. What an awful mistake.

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Mary C.
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Mary C.
5 years ago

Is that crazy or what! What an awful mistake, and a terrible senseless waste.

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Kbehrendt
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Kbehrendt
5 years ago

Wow, I feel really bad for the guy who ends up being responsible... or anyone who feels responsible, from the pharmacy to the one who physically fed them the supplements. That's a heavy weight.

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Traci B.
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Traci B.
5 years ago

So sad.

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Ashley C.
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Ashley C.
5 years ago

I almost hoped for it to be intentional, b/c then at least there could be justice and also the issues of the industry could be brought to light. Its actually quite sad to hear it was such a simple, avoidable mistake. I think thats far worse than malicious intent, because stupidity and ignorance are more widespread.

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Schnoll007
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Schnoll007
5 years ago

yes i agree hopefully they will learn from this mistake

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Ginny K.
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Ginny K.
5 years ago

OMG

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Sue L.
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Sue L.
5 years ago

Sad!! What the heck quit riding the horses and run around and hit the ball. Lazy people, jeesh.

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kathi j.
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kathi j.
5 years ago

What a horrible thing to have witnessed! Those poor, poor beautiful animals.

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Heather M.
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Heather M.
5 years ago

well I'm glad that it wasn't purposeful, but still very sad for the loss of these poor horses

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Cheyenne D.
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Cheyenne D.
5 years ago

a Vet should know what they dhould and shouldn't beable to mix together

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mistie E.
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mistie E.
5 years ago

So so sad !! Makes you wonder just how many mistakes are made that are not talked about ? makes you wonder .......

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Melissa D.
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Melissa D.
5 years ago

What a sad story. It may have not been malicious but, it seems like the mistake should have never happened. So many factors that could have been taken into consideration and the situation then could have been avoided.

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debbie l.
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debbie l.
5 years ago

It might have been an accident but ot was a horrific one.I don't know if I'd ever trust that pharmacy with any prescription from here on in.

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jane w.
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jane w.
5 years ago

I am glad that it turned out to be an accident rather than someone trying to kill the horses.

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Carol
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Carol
5 years ago

This is such a tragedy, but I am relieved that it appears that there was no malicious intent that caused the death of these beautiful animals.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

i still think that could have been something else since this is not approved in the us. if he had chosen something else they would not have had to compound it. thus problem solved and no deaths do to a mistake

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Sheryl J.
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Sheryl J.
5 years ago

A very sad situation, thanks for the update.

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Nick & Ashlee K.
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Nick & Ashlee K.
5 years ago

this is so sad. im glad that it wasnt the other teams trying to sabotage them!

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Renee M.
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Renee M.
5 years ago

i hope they punish whoever mixed the meds.

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SISSI V.
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SISSI V.
5 years ago

Mistakes do happen. Whe did the horses need this "special vitamin formula" to start with??

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Amber
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Amber
5 years ago

"relief"? i'd like to think that the "polo community" would feel horribly, terribly ashamed of themselves for engaging in an activity that pushes horses beyond the point of exhaustion, to the point that special "supplements" would be necessary to keep them from collapsing. sure, tragic accedents happen...i mean, remember the recent pet food recalls? but this is different. to have to say "Oops, my bad, the pharmacy screwed up on the stuff that keeps them from collapsing under the strain"...do they think that makes it somehow sound better? it isn't as if they were just looking out for the health and well-being of a beloved pet and happened to get some tainted product. this is about pushing an animal beyond its limits, and if that isn't abuse, i don't know what is.

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BDougher
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BDougher
5 years ago

Sadly agree.

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SISSI V.
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SISSI V.
5 years ago

Amber, you hit the hammer on the nail!!!

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Momba
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Momba
5 years ago

Seems to me that there is a better way. If that supplement is to prevent the horses from getting exhausted, DON'T PUSH THEM TO THAT POINT! That's cruelty. When will people stop putting animals at risk for their own pleasure?

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Edie Jo N.
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Edie Jo N.
5 years ago

Well put! I agree 100% Will we ever stop the cruelty? Our cruelty!

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Kelly
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Kelly
5 years ago

So tragic that these beautiful horses had to suffer & die because of human error.

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Jamie R.
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Jamie R.
5 years ago

This is such a sad story. My heart goes out to those beautiful horses.

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Ganggang
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Ganggang
5 years ago

So sad for just one mistake. Poor horses.

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

Glad to hear the update, doesn't change the tragedy but does clear it up some.

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kerri p.
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kerri p.
5 years ago

Very sad.I was wondering how they died (my husband heard the story on MPR but at time they didn't know why)

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Traci B.
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Traci B.
5 years ago

so sad.

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Patricia  C.
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Patricia C.
5 years ago

What a tragic mistake?

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lorraine B.
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lorraine B.
5 years ago

Saw this on the news.so sad and tragic

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