Surgery for Pollard’s Icarus after accident

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Michael Pollard and Icarus
Michael Pollard and Icarus at Burghley in England last year. © Horsesports Photographic

The horses from Michael Pollard’s eventing team injured a traffic accident in Georgia on Friday are recovering from their injuries, with the most seriously hurt undergoing surgery.

Update: Two more horses die after traffic accident

Pollard lost the stallion VDL Ulando H at the scene of the accident near Chatsworth, when a vehicle pulled out in front of the vehicle carrying the horses. Ulando, owned by Ruth Armstrong, died at the scene after sustaining head and neck injuries.

Icarus (Fly), a 14 year old grey thoroughbred gelding owned by Michael and Nathalie Pollard, suffered the most serious lacerations, to his off-hing fetlock joint,  and will today undergo surgery at Rood & Riddle Veterinary Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky.

The other horses are recovering at the Pollard Eventing Training Center in Dalton, Georgia.

Schoensgreen Hanni (Hanni), a 9 year old German Warmblood mare owned by Nathalie Pollard, suffered some superficial cuts but is not expected to miss any work in her preparation for Bromont CCI3* from June 8 to 10  in Canada.

Jude’s Law (Jude), an 11 year old Irish Sport Horse Gelding owned by Michael Pollard and John Bryant, has minor cuts that required stitching but should be able to return to work in a few weeks.

Carl Bouckaert’s Raphael, who won the Chatt Hills Open Preliminary division last week, sustained some bruising and will be given time to recover from the shock before returning to work.

Little Star, a brood mare, suffered cuts to her hind legs and is expected to make a full recovery.

4 thoughts on “Surgery for Pollard’s Icarus after accident

  • May 27, 2012 at 11:21 pm
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    I hope the reckless driver of the car is in jail and had good insurance or owns something so they can pay the bills for the beloved horses. I pray for the healing and the broken hearts…

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    • May 28, 2012 at 9:20 am
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      Can’t agree with you more Charlotte! When I was showing and towing, it happened too often. People seem to want to “beat” the trailer coming. Just so very sad.

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  • May 28, 2012 at 9:14 pm
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    This is so sad and so unneccessary, people should be extra careful around trailers on the road.
    RIP Ulando.

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  • May 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm
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    I was so saddened to hear of the loss of Michael Pollard’s three horses in the tragic accident. My sincere condolences to him and his family. All of us who love our horses can sympathize and will keep them in our prayers.

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