Can a person ride his horse to death?

ATM_Marshall-Trimble-Logo-with-backgroundBen Herndon
Los Angeles, California

Horses can run fast only so long, depending on the conditioning and the breed. Quarter horses are bred for shorter distances, while Arab horses are noted for endurance. A horse can die of dehydration, heart attack and exhaustion if not rested periodically. Also, horses, like humans, can develop heart problems. Horses have died in the middle of a race or even afterwards.

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Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.