NZB Land Vision, the horse who carried Sir Mark Todd to his comeback Badminton win in 2011, has been put down, aged 17.
Mark told H&H that “Ben” had a colic operation a couple of weeks ago, but after an initial period of successful recovery, complications set in on Saturday.
“We sent him back to the hospital, but it got worse and they couldn’t operate again,” he said. “He was in a lot of pain so we had to make the decision on Saturday night.”
Mark paid tribute to the horse, saying: “Ben was undoubtedly one of the most talented horses I ever rode and to win Badminton for us at his first four-star as a 10-year-old was amazing. Due to his soundness issues we never got to see just how good he could have been. He has been a fantastic hack for Carolyn [Mark’s wife] in his retirement.
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Article written by: Pippa Roome