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January 18, 2012


Horse set for slaughter wins 2011 USEF Horse of the Year

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

When a racehorse doens’t cut it, often times they go to slaughter in several parts of the world.  So seemed the fate of failed racehorse Neville Bardos until Boyd Martin stepped in.  Paying only $850 to save the horse from slaughter.  Climbing up the ranks in the sport of eventing, by age 7, this gelding was a force to be reckoned with on the jumping circuit.

In May of 2011, Neville was caught in a horrible barn fire where over half of the stalled horses perished.  After being saved by his owner, Boyd Martin, Neville was treated at Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center where he underwent a series of Hyperbaric Chamber therapies to help with the soft tissue repair after suffering from exterior burns as well as smoke inhalation.  After escaping near death again, you might think this horse was set to retire, but think again…Neville is set to be part of the US Olympic Team for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

To learn more about Hyperbaric Chamber therapy for horses, we encourage you to view the Fair Hill page and watch their informative video on this treatment.  It is becoming more common for western veterinary hospitals and surgery centers to look to alternative therapies in conjunction with conventional methods of treatment.

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  1. LK
    Mar 1 2012

    I think this horse is very amazing. I ride an ex-racehorse, they are very loving! They can get a little rambunctious, though sometimes. This is a very lucky horse and rider. Also, people pay millions for some horses, He only cost 850 dollars and could beat them all!


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