A horse that competed in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics was euthanized over what at first was a seemingly innocuous cut. Cabral, Natasha Baker's 16-year-old Paralympic Games horse, came in from his field in England on February 22 with a small cut.
The vet was called and a close eye was kept on the horse while he healed. Cabral was taken to an equine clinic on February 25 and was euthanized the following day because of a clostridia bacterial infection. His owner was stunned by his sudden death, reported Horse and Hound.
Nicknamed “JP,” the dark bay horse and Baker had garnered 11 gold medals, Paralympic records and many international and national titles since beginning their partnership in 2009. They had also set two Paralympic records at the London 2012 Olympics.
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