EARLIER this month harness racing was placed in the social media spotlight by a person posted photos of a horse’s demise after being caught in mud surrounding a drying dam.
The graphic images of former handy trotter Loveyougoodboy dying of dehydration were shared almost 1000 times in less than 48 hours!
Naturally people went into ‘outrage’ mode, questioning the owner’s duty of care, and as usual, the activists against racing were also using the case to push their agenda, with remarks such as “get this in the media to ban racing” splashed across Facebook.
Such is the way of the world – especially via portals such as Facebook and Twitter – negativity spreads rapidly as ‘keyboard warriors’ jump on the bandwagon.
Yet a case involving a desperate attempt to save a pacer, is gaining little attention – especially from the anti-racing sector.
For the past 24 hours staff at Lance Justice’s stable have worked hectically to comfort promising performer Love Ina Chevy – yet Justice’s Facebook post has only been shared five times!
After finding the gelding collapsed, Justice discovered puncture marks in his mouth, with a snake bite the obvious conclusion.
Since then, every measure has been taken to make Love Ina Chevy as comfortable as possible, including blow-up mattresses and a staff member remaining by his side throughout the night.
Even last night’s thunder and lightning storm failed to halt the ‘save Chevy’ operation, with a makeshift tent erected above the ailing son of Jeremes Jet.
“I picked him up from Ballarat on Friday and they said he had been lying down, but he got up and seemed alright when we got him home…he even ate all his dinner,” Justice said. “The next morning, one of the staff found him collapse at about 5am and we’ve been trying to save him since.
“He has some puncture wounds in his mouth, so it appears a snake has bitten him. I was supposed to be at Tabcorp Park with Smoken Up, but I missed it to be with him as he has fluid in his lungs and needs to be turned over every two hours.
“Jason Fino took Smoken Up to the track, then stayed here with us until 2am. Sam Flourentzou was meant to go out for a romantic dinner for his birthday, but has stayed with the horse all night instead.
“We made a sling and got an excavator here to lift him and put some weight on his leg to keep the circulation going.
“He’s still a pretty sick horse, but we won’t be giving up will keep doing everything we can for him.”
Sadly, those who question the treatment of horses within stables will never fully understand the love and respect shown to the equine ‘family’, but no doubt will make their voices heard the next time it suits them!
GET WELL CHEVY….
- PAUL COURTS