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    (CNN) -- Fourteen thoroughbred horses dropped dead in a mysterious scene Sunday before a polo match near West Palm Beach, Florida, officials said.
    Teams are trying to figure out what happened at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Florida.





    State and local veterinary teams are trying to figure out what happened at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida, as team Lechuza Caracas prepared to compete in a U.S. Open match.
    Two horses initially collapsed, and as vets and team officials scrambled to revive them, five others became dizzy, said Tim O'Connor, spokesman for the polo club.
    "A total of seven died on our property," O'Connor told CNN. Seven other horses died en route to a Wellington horse farm and a veterinary hospital.
    The cause of the deaths has not been determined, and necropsies and blood tests were underway, he said.
    O'Connor said each team brings between 40 to 60 horses for matches, and they are continuously switched out throughout a match to keep the horses from overexerting themselves.
    A meeting will be held to determine whether Lechuza Caracas will compete at a later date, he said.
    "Everybody is kind of in shock and trying to figure out what happened," he said. "Nobody can recall an incident in which this many horses have died at once."

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    That's scary! It's either someone did this or they were the unlucky
    one to get infected with some sort of bacteria...
    I feel for their trainers.

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    It seems a bit suspicious, doesn't it? If it was bacteria, would they all die around the same time? Scary.
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    Iv'e been involved with horses all my life and I've never heard of anything remotely like this.

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    Now 21 horses dead. This is just plain scary.
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    Sounds like they were poisoned.

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    ^ That's the first thing I thought, possibly from a rival team. That's really messed up if it's the case...
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    Now 21 horses dead. This is just plain scary.
    Wow, that's crazy!! Sounds like it was intentional. I used to work as a show groom many years ago and slept in an adjoining stall to our show horses just to make sure nobody messed with them.
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    Something they all ate or drank, obviously.... how sad. I hope it wasn't intentional.

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    All from one team? I hope to god someone isn't sick enough to have done this deliberately...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kittylady View Post
    All from one team? I hope to god someone isn't sick enough to have done this deliberately...
    Sounds like some horrible accident. I'll bet there are some distraught people over this. Even the ones with well horses will be shaking.
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