Conahy's Courage competing
Update March 9, 2015
A compound fracture is what led to the euthanasia of a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding ridden by Kyle Carter, of Ocala, on Saturday’s cross-country at the Red Hills Horse Trials. Conahy’s Courage was owned by Imogen De Lavis.
De Lavis posted the following on Facebook regarding Courage’s injuries after speaking with the treating veterinarian.
“After sustaining a compound fracture to his metacarpal below the knee, Courage was sedated within 3 minutes of the accident and put down promptly following evaluation within about 5 mins.” De Lavis continued,”I cannot thank the vet team enough for responding quickly, and especially to Rachele Foote, who, as the Carter’s barn manager, cared for him extensively both at home and at competitions.”
Tom Barron, a spokesman for the Florida eventing competition initially released the following, “it’s with deepest regret that we announce that Conahy’s Courage … suffered a catstrophic injury at fence 12a in the CIC*** division at Red Hills. The horse was humanely euthanized and a post-mortem examination will be conducted at the University of Florida Large Animal Hospital…”
Courage’s owner De Lavis posted the following regarding his sudden death.
“After the news today, reflecting on how incredibly grateful I am to have had the opportunity to own this little horse and to the Carter’s and associated team for doing such a brilliant and professional job with him. Impossible to forget the first time I jumped him in Ireland and Kyle and I deciding he had to come home right away. So much respect for Kyle Carter, thank you so much for all you did for Courage over the last three years, I couldn’t have asked for a better person for him. Thank you also to Red Hills and the vet team. Rest in peace little horse.”
Carter reportedly suffered minor injuries, but was not transported to the hospital.