When the Heart of a Champion Gives Out

Researchers are trying to determine why healthy equine athletes suffer sudden death and if there’s a way to prevent it

It is one of the biggest mysteries in equestrian sport, and its name alone is ominous: sudden death. While cases are very rare and totally unpredictable, the effects of just one horse collapsing suddenly and dying, often in the midst of a competition with thousands of spectators, are far-reaching: Most instances, which can be very upsetting to witness, attract media attention and public scrutiny of equine welfare, and an investigation into the horse’s death can shed negative l

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