March 7, 2014

Another high profile horse accident

On March 5, dressage rider Silva Martin, the wife of eventer Boyd Martin, was teaching a riding lesson while also on horseback, when her horse tripped and fell on her. She was wearing a helmet, but hit the ground unconscious and had a seizure.

She was flown into the hospital and MRI showed that she had bleeding and swelling in the brain. According to a statement from her husband, Silva always wore a helmet when she rode, especially after the horrific accident suffered by dressage rider Courtney King, which has left her with brain damage.

The doctors were optimistic and the last reports said they were choosing not to operate on her in hopes the body would reabsorb the blood.

We at Saddle Up Safely pray that she will fully recover!

Fernanda Camargo

Posted by Fernanda Camargo

Fernanda C. Camargo, DMV, Ph.D., equine extension professor at the University of Kentucky, came by her affection for horses naturally while growing up in Brazil. Her great-grandfather was one of the breeding pioneers of the Brazilian horse breed Mangalarga in the early 1900s, and her grandfather raised and raced Thoroughbreds in Brazil for more than 50 years. After receiving her veterinary medicine degree from the State University of Londrina, Brazil, Dr. Camargo followed her passion for horses to Lexington in 2001. She completed a Ph.D. in equine pharmacology and toxicology at UK, where she has been specifically involved in the development, creation and validation of several analytical methods for the detection of pharmacological compounds in equine biological fluids. As equine extension professor at UK, Dr. Camargo’s major focus is Equine Youth Extension and the 4-H Horse Program, which is one of the largest 4-H programs in the country. She develops and delivers educational materials and activities for the county extension agents, horse owners, volunteer leaders, parents and 4-H youth. In addition, she contributes to the adult equine extension program by delivering educational programs related to horse health. She also teaches equine health and disease and equine anatomy at the Equine Science and Management programs at UK.

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