The world of polo is anxiously awaiting the results of laboratory tests to help reveal how 21 horses from a Venezuelan team died suddenly in a mystery outbreak that has left the sport in shock. The horses from the Lechuza Caracas team were due to appear in yesterday's semi-final of the US Open in Florida, the most high-profile event in the American polo calendar and a highlight of the international circuit.
At about 2.15pm, two horses fell in their trailers as they were being unloaded before the match. Others showed signs of dizziness, breathing heavily, before finally collapsing.
As they fell, grooms and vets rushed to treat the animals, spraying them with water to cool them and administering intravenous fluids. But their efforts were in vain: all horses that showed signs of illness died.
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