Retired Olympic Show Jumper Jalisca Solier Euthanized

The 17-year-old Selle Francais mare broke a bone in her front right leg in a pasture accident on Jan. 26.
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Jalisca Solier, Olympic bronze show jumping medalist ridden by Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, has died following a pasture accident.

The 17-year-old bay Selle Français mare, owned by Swiss watch manufacturer Yves G. Piaget of Geneva, “slipped” and broke a bone in her front right leg on Jan. 26, said Guerdat’s manager and brother Yannick Guerdat. Yannick Guerdat declined to give additional details about the fracture.

“Jalisca was seen immediately by two veterinary specialists who performed a series of radiographs and confirmed the fracture,” Yannick Guerdat told The Horse. The fracture could not be repaired in such a way as to guarantee the horse’s welfare or survival, and the decision for euthanasia was made.

Although Steve Guerdat was competing in Zurich, Switzerland, over the weekend, he returned home in time to say a “tearful farewell” to the mare, said a press release from the Guerdat family

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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