Hey Byrn

If anyone hasn’t read CANTER’s other blogs on the subject, please do, now:

The Difference Between 35 and 36 Starts (from Allie, via Chronicle of the Horse)

More Than Just a Listing Service (from Jess’s blog)

Hey Byrn is not our usual intake horse.  Frankly, we don’t have the funding to take many cases of very limited soundness like this, it’s just not a responsible use of funds when there are so many horses needing a place to go.  But every once in a while, we’re just called to – it has to be done, and we comfort ourselves by thinking that in the worst case scenario, we can make a horse comfortable and happy for a little while before considering euthanasia and an easy passing.

Like Jess, I’m not above schilling for money.  Hey Byrn’s stall rest (and our potential ability to provide the same care to future horses) is more expensive than the field board most of our horses get.  His care will take work and extra vet bills.  In the future, when we are called about other horses like this (be they well known or not), maybe some reserves will allow us to be in a position to help, rather than the far-more-common (and heartbreaking) place we’re usually in, of having to say no.  Click the button. Even $5 helps.  Funds can be sent to allie@canterusa.org:

If you prefer snail mail, donations can also be sent to:

CANTER Mid Atlantic

C/O D. Darsa
13709 Arctic Avenue
Rockville, MD  20853
We’ve talked about this issue before – joint injections on horses who have compromised or painful joints, solely for the purpose of racing them one or two more times (instead of rest or retirement), has GOT to stop.  I wish people who do these things would stop and really understand what they are doing.  Too many of them just pass on the horse and give it no further thought.  I wish it was a minor problem, but any time I go to the track I am likely to pass by and notice dozens (if not more) horses wearing bandages from their joint injections that day.  Horses in many jurisdictions can get these injections within 24 hours of racing – making many a lame/injured horse appear sound in the paddock when they show up to race.
Perhaps such things should be reported in the racing form.  Can you imagine how you’d bet if you found out half the horses in a given race had received joint injections the day before?

3 responses to “Hey Byrn

  1. Just made a donation to help Hey Byrn. Please keep us posted on him as I remember him very well from the Derby Trail…My fingers are crossed for him!

  2. I remember Hey Byrn from the Triple Crown trail. I thought his owner was an elderly woman who named him after her husband? What happened to her?
    I am familiar with the wear and tear of a claiming TB. I am now owned by Blum Gone, grandson of the Great Dr. Fager, who raced 157 times (yes, that’s NOT a typo), mostly in claiming races. Thank goodness, he’s now thoroughly sound and loves racing up and down his pasture, ears pinned back, and bucking and snorting.

    • Sue, I believe his owner passed away a few years ago, unfortunately. Ownership of the horse was transferred to the trainer’s wife around that time.

      Congrats on your boy! He sounds like a great horse, so glad he found you!

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