5 Horses Dead in Gold Coast Hinterland

Discussion in 'News Items' started by Redsticks, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Redsticks

    Redsticks Well-known Member

  2. feather feet

    feather feet Well-known Member

    very sad..3 were found laying on kooralbyn road..and died..all were absolutly covered in ticks
  3. nannygoat

    nannygoat Gold Member

  4. Arnie

    Arnie Gold Member

    Wow that is very scary indeed. I'd like to know who was caring for the horses while the owner was in WA? And just what their fed and what their water source is.

    I'll be watching the story closely!
  5. citygirl

    citygirl Gold Member

    OMG ! :( after coming so close to losing little Tissy, and not knowing what it was, I feel for the owner.

    RIP horses & hugs sent to all involved

  6. opsnormal

    opsnormal Active Member

    Saw this on the news tonight, so sad. Hopefully they get some answers quickly!
  7. Gemgem

    Gemgem Well-known Member

    Just saw this on the news. I hope they get to the bottom of it!
  8. Sharaway

    Sharaway Well-known Member

  9. feather feet

    feather feet Well-known Member

    just unreal..:(
  10. Sugar's Mum

    Sugar's Mum Gold Member

    on weekend sunrise they said 17 now dead.

    how devastating.
  11. mylittlepony

    mylittlepony Well-known Member

    I wonder if they were on clover? Or fed clover hay?
    I friend of mine just recently lost 12 pregnant mares to poisoning from clover filled medow hay.
    Apparently it's the first case of it seen in WA, but there is something in clover that can kill horses. I'm not sure on all the details as I was too busy sympathising with my friend. I know symptoms were bleeding from the eyes and ears. I wonder if these horses over east may have had something similar?
    12 dead pregnant mares and a $26,000 vet bill, he is devastated.:(
  12. citygirl

    citygirl Gold Member

    wow ! I've never heard of that one before ! I know Clover can be high in oestrogen and/or estrogen

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  13. mylittlepony

    mylittlepony Well-known Member

    Yeah, I'd never heard of it either! It had the vets stumped for ages, until I think they contacted some vets from the eastern states who had dealt with it before. It's apparently the only case of it to ever happen in WA. I will try to get more info when he's not so upset, but will be unable to name him as he is very well known in WA racing and also owns a well known stallion.
    I am now paranoid about the meadow hay I feed. I will only ever buy the hay from one person now.
    I certainly don't envy him his massive vet bill. So much money and he still lost 12 pregnant mares.:(
  14. Hen

    Hen Well-known Member

    That's awful MLP :( poor bloke. My paddocks are lush with clover, hope no-one carks it :eek::( But a good reminder to stick to cereal hay this season.
  15. nannygoat

    nannygoat Gold Member

    I am surprised that there has been nothing on this on the news??? Or Veterinary boards??

    Is a terrible loss of so many horses not to be warning others of the risks.
  16. mylittlepony

    mylittlepony Well-known Member

    Maybe they are keeping it quiet for now out of respect for the owner, I don't know. As I said, this is the only case of it ever seen in WA, so it's not like it's something everyone will have to worry about. I know that the affected hay was collected up and destroyed.
    I'm sure sometime in the future they will print an article about it or something, maybe when the horses owner is a bit less upset. I will get more details later on about exactly what happened.
    You have to understand that things like this can be very damaging to reputations in the racing industry, even though the owner could have done nothing to prevent it.
  17. Ponies4Me

    Ponies4Me Well-known Member

    PM results due in today or tomorrow. After moving the remaining horses to another property they now have another two down sick this morning.

    Hendra/ticks/starvation all ruled out. Hope the owners get some answers soon :(

    Bio security have released a statement stating the death toll is now 21, out of 25 horses.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2011
  18. citygirl

    citygirl Gold Member

    mylittlepony @) I'd love to know if the Hay he had used had come from a Seed supply ! :confused:

    I too have clover in my paddocks and have seeded a meddow hay crop.

    mmm I might ring the Agricultural dept. Vet and see what he has to say on it, as hes located in your area.

  19. mylittlepony

    mylittlepony Well-known Member

    Might be worth asking citygirl. I'm a little worried too. This happened up near perth though, not down here. I know that the guy selling the hay was just a farmer and wasn't a najor supplier to horsey people.
    The only other info I have is it also had something to do with the amount they ate as well. He has yearlings affected,too, but apparently they survived as they hadn't stood around all day gorging themselves like the broodmares did.
  20. jacko88

    jacko88 Well-known Member

    Arnie, the owner is a fly in, fly out job so he is away and then home again. However, his partner stays at home to keep an eye on things.

    These particular horses had only just been moved there to this agistment paddock and it wasn't long after that when they started going down.

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