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FEB 2018

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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32 THE HORSE February 2018 FLICKR CC VIA PAUL KEHRER T he concept of using a retired Thoroughbred racehorse for sport is nothing new. Remember these names? Keen, an American dressage leg- end, helped the 1976 U.S. Olympic team secure its first dressage medal since 1948—a team bronze— and represented his country again at the 1984 games. Bally Cor, a U.S. Eventing Association Hall of Fame inductee, put her steeplechasing genes to good use earning team and individual gold at the 1975 Pan American Games, in Mexico City, team and individual gold at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and team bronze at the 1978 World Championships, in Lexington, Kentucky. Then there's Touch of Class, a U.S. Show Jumping Hall of Famer The Evolution of that posted the first double-clear rounds in Olympic history in 1984, earning two gold medals, and became the first nonhu- man United States Olympic Committee Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year. Top horsemen across disciplines have long considered Thoroughbreds the quint- essential sport horse, due to their stamina, strength, and heart to spare. In fact, from 1960 to 1976, most U.S. Olympic show jumping and eventing team horses were Thoroughbreds. But for a time, the Thoroughbred's popularity waned as purpose-bred Warmbloods arrived from AFTERC After falling off its king-of-sport pedestal, this noble breed is experiencing a resurgence in popularity ERICA LARSON

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