Letter: Have more compassion for polo ponies
November 25, 2013
A few years ago I attended the annual polo event in Aspen. It was the first time I had ever attended a polo match, and I was not impressed. The experience led me to write to your paper at that time. I witnessed a serious accident with one of the horses, resulting in appalling pain and distress to that animal. It was forced to its feet and goaded into a horse trailer falling repeatedly in the process. The still-stumbling horse within the trailer then left the venue with what was presumably a broken leg. We were led to believe that it was later put down. The point of my letter was to complain that there was apparently no veterinary surgeon on duty. The claim was not denied in the response to my letter. I vowed never again to attend a polo event.
For the benefit of those who do wish to support this well-advertised, forthcoming event, would the organizers please assure us that there will be a veterinary surgeon on hand throughout the tournament who, with the aid of a tent that can be quickly erected around any stricken animal, can euthanize it immediately on the field, if appropriate, putting the poor creature out of its misery?
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