April 14, 2016

Stalls at World Dairy Expo Site Cause Horse Death

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Custom-built stalls at the Alliant Energy Center (AEC) in Madison, Wis., are being blamed for the death of a prize winning American Saddlebred gelding last month. The AEC is home to World Dairy Expo, and the new pavilions where the accident occurred were opened in 2014.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the gelding had reared up while playing with a horse in an adjacent stall and cut a suspensory ligament and tendon in one of its fore legs. The horse had to be euthanized.

The custom-designed stalls feature U-channels at the top of the stall panel that can be used to run electrical cords for fans, trimmers and other electrical equipment. The channels prevent animals from chewing on the cords and possibly electrocuting themselves, and had been approved by livestock experts.

Some 600 horses are already arriving at the AEC for the MIdwest Horse Fair this weekend, billed as the largest horse show of its kind in the country. With only two weeks between the previous show and this week's event, no fixes to the stalls were possible. Mark Clarke, AEC executive director, is  planning to convene a panel of livestock handling experts to determine how the stall panels can be permanently fixed to prevent further injuries.