Theodore O’Connor sustained catastrophic injuries in an accident on Wednesday and had to be euthanized. Read more below and see photos and a video.
The equestrian world has suffered another devastating loss today with the loss of the spirited and beloved eventing pony, Theodore O’Connor. Its being reported that he got spooked by something and bolted towards the barn. The rider came off and ‘Teddy’ slid into the barn. His injuries have been described by Kent Allen, DVM, the attending veterinarian.
“He spooked at something while being ridden and bolted,” described Allen. “The rider came off and the horse ran toward the barn. He got into a freak accident and slid into the side of the barn and lacerated his right hind leg about 4 inches above the fetlock on the back of the leg. It looked like a knife cut it; he severed the superficial and deep digital flexor tendons, ligaments, cut both branches of the arterial blood supply, and nerves.
Theodore O’Connor was a 13-year-old Shetland/Arabian/Thoroughbred cross gelding who stood only 14.1 hands. He had performed in the 2007 Pan American Games taking the Gold Medal for both team and individual eventing. He had finished in the top six at the 2007 and 2008 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Events. He was the 2007 USEF/Farnam Horse of the Year and had recently been named to the USEF Short List for Eventing for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Theodore O’Connor was a small horse with a big personality and an even bigger heart. This is a very sad day in the eventing world. RIP Teddy.