Polo Ponies Died From Selenium Overdose

April 28, 2009

(ChattahBox)—An overdose of Selenium, is believed to be the cause of the tragic deaths of 21 polo ponies before a match at the U.S. Polo Championship events last week in South Florida. Florida’s state veterinarian, Thomas J. Holt, believes the horses’ symptoms right before they died and their sudden deaths, all point to Selenium poisoning. Large quantities of Selenium is fatal to animals.

The Selenium likely came from a deadly injection of vitamins, prepared by a local compounding pharmacy. The Pharmacy, Franck’s Pharmacy of Ocala, Florida, admitted last week it incorrectly mixed the horses’ vitamin supplements ordered by a veterinarian. Pharmacy CEO, Jennifer Beckett admitted the “the strength of an ingredient in the medication was incorrect.”

All 21 dead horses belonged to the Venezuelan-based Lechuza Caracas team. The horses were valued at up to $100,000 each.

The United States Polo Association is reeling from this horrific incident, as 21 horses stumbled and dropped dead before thousands of polo spectators last week.

With public scrutiny now on the sport of polo, officials are considering safety regulations to ban certain drugs from the sport. Currently, the polo ponies are not tested for performance enhancing drugs, setting the stage for an “anything goes” policy, with many of the ponies administered performance substances.



One Response to “Polo Ponies Died From Selenium Overdose”

  1. Kyra Black on May 11th, 2009 5:55 pm

    I don’t really follow this sport but I think that every polo pony needs to be checked for these things, blood tests before every game and everything that goes into the ponies should be tested and that includes the food and medications. People need to be more cautious when it comes to these animals, if they were these beautiful animals might still be around. The fact that 21 horses died because of someone’s carelessness is maddening not to mention what they were worth. I hope that the company that manufactured the medication is made to pay for each and everyone of those horses.

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