Horse Hyperbaric chamber explosion in Ocala, Florida.

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by FlaRocky, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. FlaRocky

    FlaRocky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just wanted to let all know about this tragic accident. A TB was on layup at this rehab farm. News reports that the horse started kicking in the chamber (had steel shoes on) kicked off the protective coating down to metal. Kicked and caused a spark, the chamber exploded killing the horse and the young lady running the chamber. Another person was injured, she was life flighted to Shands Hospital in Gainsville(trama hospital).

    I don't know any involved, but can you all please send some prayers to the family's of the victims.

    Thank-you so much,

  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Very sad. You would think the horse would have been sedated while in there.....
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    For what treatments are hyperbaric chambers utilized?
  4. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    I'd assume mostly stuff dealing with wound care and necrosis (since I assume horses don't scuba dive, they wouldn't need it if they got the bends), which are used with human medicine quite often. Gas gangrene, bony necrosis, helping skin grafts tke, etc. all heal better in the hyperbaric environment. It can be a last ditch effort to get poor healing wounds to improve.

    I'd expect it mostly would be used on very valuable horses with rich owners who can afford top notch veterinary care.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Thanks, my mind went in another direction - I was wondering if it had something to do with lung bleeding/conditioning in race horses.
  6. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    According to some articles on, hyperbaric oxygen treatment is used for a variety of ailments, including deep wounds and joint injuries - not necessarily those that aren't responding well. Also, the horse should not have been wearing steel shoes, or the shoes should have been covered with boots, to prevent a spark from happening. Tragic.
  7. Peaches Lee

    Peaches Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2010
    Terribly tragic. Makes me wonder if it's worth the risk to use those things with an animal that is that big and doesn't understand the conditions it's in. Very sad.
  8. Criminal Type

    Criminal Type New Egg

    Feb 12, 2012
    The horse that was killed in the explosion was a three day eventer named Landmarks Legendary Affaire. His sire was one of my favorite race horses, Black Tie Affair, winner of the 1991 Breeders Cup Classic. The dam, Honest Legend has no ancestry listed. He was being treated for EPM, Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis a Neuro muscular disease carried by Opossoms, It is often fatal in horses if not caught and treated early. Diagnosing it can be tricky since it exhibits symptoms common in other neurological diseases. Symptons include
    • loss of coordination
    • muscle atrophy
    • difficultly swallowing
    • sore back
    • stumbling
    • roaring
    • locking of the stifle joint
    • weakness
    • drooping eyelid
    • head tilt
    Often it is confused with Wobbler Syndrome. The saddest part of this whole tragedy is that if they had pulled his shoes off, this would never have happened. Sadly the technician paid for this mistake with her life.
  9. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    Interesting. We have had 3 horses at a local barn treated for EPM, including one that I now own. I hadn't heard of using oxygen therapy, I am assuming that this would be in addition to the drugs?
  10. dmclalin

    dmclalin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2011
    South Lyon, Michigan
    I will certainly say a prayer for the victims and their families.

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