The home of intelligent horse racing discussion
The home of intelligent horse racing discussion

Featherbed Lane

Home Forums Memorials Featherbed Lane

Viewing 12 posts - 1 through 12 (of 12 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #21252
    Burroughhill
    Participant
    • Total Posts 1636

    Another one bites the dust this week after breaking a leg in the Coral Cup.

    RIP and condolences to connections.

    #396679
    nighthorse
    Participant
    • Total Posts 385

    Oh no, I feared for him when they said he was pulled up quickly and appeared injured. And then, of course, they said no more about him.

    That was on the flat between fences wasn’t it? Is there something wrong with Cheltenham’s ground? Have they really watered enough?

    RIP Featherbed Lane :cry:

    #396704
    vikingflagship
    Participant
    • Total Posts 1119

    :( rip, certainly seems to be alot of injuries on the flat , there was another horse in that race that was taken for veterinary treatment in horse ambulance

    vf

    #396748
    Crepello1957
    Participant
    • Total Posts 734

    What a brave little horse he broke a leg a few strides before the hurdle, jumped it & kept on his feet. Very sad.
    I tried to put a post this morning on the Daily Mail on line to support NH racing. They are giving Animal Aid a lot of publicity. It wasn’t included.

    #396768
    Gazs Way De Solzen
    Member
    • Total Posts 2440

    RIP Featherbed Lane!

    #396772
    Jane of Herts
    Participant
    • Total Posts 110

    My feeling is that the ground is fine; but horses are being bred more and more for speed and their legs, always vulnerable, are even more fragile these days.

    #396810
    reetlass
    Member
    • Total Posts 433

    What happened in the pre-watering of courses days? Did we get as many fatalities on the flat or between fences as we seem to get now? In dry summers horses hooves really seemed to rattle but I don’t recall many deaths from it. Maybe horses were bred with a more robust constitution then.

    #396815
    Ten Plus
    Member
    • Total Posts 812

    Difficult to see what exactly happened due to the sun but I thought his leg went before the hurdle too. I am quite convinced that there are far more broken legs on the flat than there used to be and have to agree it’s probably something to do with breeding … it would be interesting if there was some sort of research into conformation/bone density of legs which have broken … if my memory serves me well I’m sure a leg going on the flat used to be considered rare compared to injuries as a result of a fall …

    #396843
    Triptych
    Participant
    • Total Posts 13114

    Could it be that they run from such an early age 2yo before their legs have time to fully mature, I’m no horse expert but know that the Lipizzaner horses don’t even start training until they are 5 years old and are not allowed to jump ‘the airs above the ground’ until they are 7. Most of our racehorses (flat) are retired off to stud by then and the jumpers carry on until they are 13/14 in some cases.
    RIP Featherbed Lane just a baby at 7yo..it’s been a sad week so far :cry:

    Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out...
    #396881
    Crepello1957
    Participant
    • Total Posts 734

    In the 1960s & 70s it was quite rare to see a horse snap it’s leg between the jumps, but it happens all the time now.
    As far as jumping is concerned it might be due to the lack of half bred jumping lines & mares that were present up to recent times. They introduced bone & substance. Garde Champetre was an Anglo-Arab.

    Also I think Northern Dancer & his sons have been a poisoned chalice & his influence is seeping into the Winter game too. The gene pool is shrinking all the time, speed, speed, speed & no substance. Inbreeding just doesn’t help, if you look at some past pedigrees jump horses used to be mainly out bred.

    #396956
    BlackGold
    Participant
    • Total Posts 1455

    Could it be that they run from such an early age 2yo before their legs have time to fully mature, I’m no horse expert but know that the Lipizzaner horses don’t even start training until they are 5 years old and are not allowed to jump ‘the airs above the ground’ until they are 7. Most of our racehorses (flat) are retired off to stud by then and the jumpers carry on until they are 13/14 in some cases.
    RIP Featherbed Lane just a baby at 7yo..it’s been a sad week so far :cry:

    My feelings as well. There are more pure Thoroughbreds than half breds in jump racing these days and more horses are run on the flat at 2 and 3 and then move on to jumping. That rarely happened years ago precisely because most jumpers were half breds and couldn’t be raced on the flat.

    I know Thoroughbreds are supposed to mature earlier, but horses aren’t considered adult/fully grown until 4, ie the Derby is for colts, not stallions, Oaks for fillies, not mares. 4 years of age has long been accepted as the dividing line between young and adult horses. And in the last few years we’ve also seen jumpers starting out over hurdles at 3 so how much good is that doing to their legs?

    #397113
    pilgarlic
    Participant
    • Total Posts 618

    As regards breeding I know this horse is from the same mare as Master of the Hall which suggests he may have had a long career. Saddened he has met with a fatal injury. Looked very promising.

Viewing 12 posts - 1 through 12 (of 12 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.