Horse Gives Up And Lays Down During NRHA Futurity Finals

I’ve seen a lot go wrong at horse shows, but this is definitely a first. ARC Gunna Mark Ya layed after she backed up during the start of her pattern in the finals! Do you think she was just tired from a long week of showing? Or maybe her legs were just going so fast she couldn’t control them? The crowd started clapping for ARC Gunna Mark Ya and Casey as they walked out of the arena. I think everyone was dumb founded. What do you think happened here? Have you seen anything like it before.

The great news is that, his rider Casey Deary was a great sport and ended up winning the NRHA Futurity on a mare named Shesouttayourleague. Congratulations to both of them!

I know there are a lot of people that will probably disagree with me, but I just wanted to give this horse a kiss when I saw this video! She’s such an amazing horse and I can’t blame her. She’s only 3 and the NRHA futurity is a long week of hard work! If this is the worst she does, she’s AMAZING in my book!

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Update: Casey Deary did an interview with The Horseaholic and explained why his horse laid down. Click Here to read it!

91 Responses

    • Na

      Oh good lord lose that damn crap with HYPP and all that the horse was tired get educated on this stuff before you make ignorant comments.

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      • Anonymous

        she is 3, too young to push that hard… this crap has to stop, same with racing.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you for that!I totally agree with you.the horse simply looks tired.they are young babies.

      • Anonymous

        YOU sure you know why the horse went down?? Until you know the facts & only that ‘barn’/trainer & VET do. In which they may or may not divulge!

        Over trained, too young, injured, had enough, exhausted or a disease. Does the horse have a short history of laying down…etc.
        YOU don’t know either!

      • Valerie

        I had a ten year old mare sit down after backing too fast. I went off the back end. Congratulations to Casey for his composure.

    • Tiff

      Do you mean HYPP? No, hypp would not cause that. She looked like she was mentally stuck and she shut down by lying down. The way she licked and chewed after doing that, you could tell she was thinking then.

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      • laura perez

        yes i agree- just got ahead of herself going so fast and so she just laid down- probably just exhausted too. its hard on these young ones and the excitement and practice-she just said ok time out

    • Lori

      I highly doubt she has Impressive anywhere in her bloodlines. She might be sore somewhere or she was just over it with exhaustion and she was letting her rider know.

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    • Anonymous

      3 yrs is way to young to be riding like that in any breed of horse, such an honest little mare bless her

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    • Anonymous

      If you look at the clip the horse was trying to lay down 2 steps before it did and the front end of the horse went down before the back end, so what that tells me is that the rider backed up to far and the horse quite him. If the horse fell down as a result of backing to fast the hind end would have gone down first as a result of momentum then the front end.

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    • Kim

      I seriously doubt she has ANY Impressive in her bloodlines, so no not HYPP. Horses with this problem come from a specific bloodline, mostly halter horses

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  1. Maureen retting

    She hit the wall. There’s a balance in the body. Basically, her body just shut down. She collapsed. I saw it in her face prior to falling. It takes allot on these young horses to hold their frames up and drive. Especially carrying a man that looks about 235.
    These guys push them so hard. If her electrolytes were off, a bit dehydrated, the muscle just won’t hold. My heart goes out to the horse. Tried, followed but hit the wall.

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      • Hannah

        You need to educate yourself on horse anatomy… They are ruining these horses. I have an older gelding that was used in these they end up dog food or someone project. Like Gambler he was used then when he couldn’t handle it anymore they were selling him dirt cheap then I got him for free. Does that mean he is garbage now? No he is retired doing cattle sorting and gymkhanas for fun. So before you support something that doesn’t support you in a heart beat I’d take a min and realize the long term effects are crucial. You can have amazing horsemanship but in the long run these horses are ruined for a pay check and a reputation!! So you need to educate yourself on the structural damages this sport has on these poor babies. Instead of badgering people on here for having a heart for these horses health you should read up on it…. Smh

      • anonymous

        Their new drug rules do not test only random and there is no penalty yet really if drugs are found. The NRHA has not set out a hard fight against drugs yet. I watched the horse all week get the shit kicked out of her and she was mentally done and physically exhausted. Plain and simple….DONE and the only way she could get away from the pressure was to lay down.

  2. Chelsea

    Anyone who has ACTUALLY been involved in reiners would know this has happened SEVERAL times before at the futurity, derby and nrbc, and at home. They get going back and all the momentum they go down, some clip a shoe, some are purely weak ended horses and if they get to far under backing they go down. This is nothing new, just new to those who don’t actually activity have reining horses.

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      • Ron

        And the photo of the horse out on Casey’s track is way more covered in sweat. No one is going to enter the arena at the futurity with his/her horse covered in sweat. Even if the rider wanted to. The pre-check judge won’t allow it.

      • Kim

        Educate yourself please Kristen. What you post dictates you do not know what you are talking about.

    • Ron

      Chelsea, for God’s sake, don’t introduce logic into this conversation! What’s wrong with you!!! It can’t just be like you describe. It HAS to be HYPP or hitting the wall! Or drugs! You knew the conversation was going to go this way when the article started with “Horse Gives up”.

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    • Anonymous

      I would agree that a horse can get to going quickly enough that they can set down.
      However, if you watch this more than once, her front legs fold down first, her rear sets down second. And ya she’s breathing pretty heavily. I’ve been around reining for years and have also competed.

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    • Anonymous

      If you look at the clip the horse was trying to lay down 2 steps before it did and the front end of the horse went down before the back end, so what that tells me is that the rider backed up to far and the horse quite him. If the horse fell down as a result of backing to fast the hind end would have gone down first as a result of momentum then the front end.

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  3. Maureen retting

    Seriously. Dormosedan to me would be the last thing to choose, unless you were wanting them to relax…allot. why would anyone with any sense, take huge risk of using drugs at such a big show? So much to loose. I hope that’s not the case.

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  4. Anonymous

    SOoo many experts claiming disease and drugs for gods sake the horse may have just been a little tired!! Its a bit show biggest of its kind in the world!!! have some sense. its not the first sport its happened wont be the last wont be the first and last time… man alive whats with the HYPP and the drugs… nothing nice to say just shut up!!!!

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    • Anonymous

      It happens I took my barrel horse to one of the biggest races of her life and she got overwhelmed she was just standing there and sweating up a storm. Horses get stage fright to that was the biggest and loudest audience she had ever seen. Took her home went to some smaller shows and she was fine again.

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  5. Anonymous

    Really dormosedan? Have you ever seen that work? The horse is not dripping with sweat either they have some kind of show sheen on her, people just start saying something to get someone else worked up about it.

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    • Anonymous

      Dormosedan is a great sedative to ride on in low doses. Orally, under the tongue in gel form.

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  6. Pam

    I cannot judge what caused the horses action, but I have respect for the riders reaction to the horse in the arena. Great sportsmanship.

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  7. Anonymous

    This horse looks completely worn out. She is 3 years old and should just be learning to be a riding horse. The nostrils are huge and it looks like her legs are just giving in. How can this be acceptable? It is NOT. But money doesn’t talk, it swears.

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  8. Tamara

    Years ago we bought a young horse that use to be one of the top 5 bucking horses. His last time out of the gate he walked his rider to the middle of the arena and stopped. He didn’t want to do it any more. He ended up being a great kids horse. This horse just plain doesn’t like the job.

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  9. Anonymous

    NRHA has no drug policy. And never has. Horses are given drugs routinely. NRHA is implementing a drug policy and testing is starting. But the fact is drugs are routine and make no mistake about that. Once drug testing is fully implemented things in the show pen will change. But maybe not. Because the more shocking thing than the fact there is no policy is the fact that the new policy coming in has the most ridiculous enforcement.

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  10. Anonymous

    This is a great argument against futurities … too much physical and mental punishment at too young an age.

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  11. Radical Reiner

    Most of you are outsiders of the NRHA industry. This futurity had drug testing and we have drug rules. We show hundreds of 3 year old every year and at least 90% of them handel it great. Casey is a horse lover and treats his horses well. None of us know why this mare layed down but its OK she did. Each horse is diffiferent and if our top reining trainers were pushing them too hard they would not be winning big classes. As reiners we should be breeding to the best reining horses and each of us has a different idea of what that is. Reining is a crazy diffacult sport and its not for everyone.

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    • Anonymous

      Horse got sick of being treated like shit at her young age, became overwhelmed, lost her momentum and said the hell with you all. Now if you would like to drop her off at my house, I will be happy to give her an easy job, some treats, and a kiss on the nose because I don’t treat my horses like that guy.

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    • Okie Girl

      THREE YEARS OLD IS TOO YOUNG TO PUSH A HORSE THAT HARD. That is if you want anything of a horse to be standing when they’re 15 to 20. Of course you can play with a 3-yro, but if you care about developing ligaments, bones and muscle, a horse isn’t truly mature until the age of 6. Yes, reiners may do it all the time, but that does not mean that they’re truly looking out for the welfare of the horse. No wonder she shut down, too much waaaay too soon.

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    • True horse lover

      Yes, it’s true 100’s of 3 year olds are reiners…but that doesn’t make it right! These horses are way too young to be pushed the way they are to compete at that level at 3 years old! To be competing at that level at 3 means they were started at 2 or even younger and worked for hours and hours. This is all done is the name of MONEY! And that is the reason why so many have to be retired by the age of 10 or 12…their legs, joints and minds are shot! Why not wait until they are 5 or 6 and then start the hard competing and have a horse that is sound well into their 20’s. Oh wait, that would mean you wouldn’t be able to start making MONEY with that horse for a few more years! (forehead smack) Now why didn’t I think of that?? Nothing you can say can defend putting 3 year olds thru that kind of training! That little mare shutting down is a prime example…and any 230# man forcing her to do it cannot possibly “love” his animal when he’s making her do it! And she is not just carrying 230#…she also has the saddle, all of his “tack”, and his fancy chaps (which aren’t light). All told, she is probably carrying more than 25% of her body weight! All this as a young 3 year old…disgusting!

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  12. Anonymous

    I’ve seen it before. Horse was worked too hard for too long and burnt out. Now it has learned that it can lay down to get out of working so that will be a future problem.

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  13. Leslie

    I see a horse who took itself out of a physically stressing situation. Its head is practically drawn down between it front legs. She didnt act out, just out smarted. She took the path of least resistance.

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    • Kim

      Have you ever watched a Reining Event? If so you should knwo that is how they are backed, with head down!!!! Educate yourself please.

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  14. Ron

    You people absolutely have to be kidding. She “wasn’t mentally stuck and she shut down by lying down”. She “didn’t just said ok time out.” She “wasn’t just over it with exhaustion and she was letting her rider know.” She didn’t “hit the wall.” Her body didn’t “just shut down”. She didn’t collapse. “I saw it in her face prior to falling.” YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME! You saw it in her face!! She isn’t “covered in sweat and huffing and puffing.” She isn’t “a horse who took itself out of a physically stressing situation.”

    SHE TRIPPED! She clipped a shoe! And most importantly, she didn’t give up.

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  15. arleneHARLOW

    I give the rider a lot of credit. He just got off and gently led her away..It really showed his character ob his part!!!
    xoxoxoxo

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  16. Britt

    I was there last night when this happened. Yes, the futurity brings a lot of excitement and work being a week long, but the horses are treated like royalty there. There are cameras in the warm-up ring to assure that nothing fishy is going on and that nobody is way over-doing it. The people sitting in front of me during the show seemed to know Casey (rider) and the horse, and were commenting on how she was back too quickly, and that she was going to lie down; low and behold, she did. From the sounds of it she’s done it before, but y’all very clear she loves her job, and she scored phenomenally in all her other runs over the week and at past shows. And while she is young, if she wasn’t able to handle the work load, she would have never made it to the open finals.

    Congrats to Casey all the same!! He seems like a fantastic, humble guy!!

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    • Jerry Scott

      The rider is a true horseman,a professional . Did anyone ever think ,maybe just maybe he trained / taught this horse to lay down when the event was done ? All you people that only look for he bad in people, get off it & think how smart a trainer he is. Most of you can’t even train a dog to go. Outside to relieve its self!

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  17. Karen

    UN NATURAL> TOO FAR FOR ANY HORSE TO BE EXPECTED TO BACKUP> It seemed to me, this filly had her legs up under herself, and buckled down so much that her body just sat down. I don’t think it was a refusal at all. WHEN WILL WE STOP DOING UN NATURAL THINGS TO ANIMALS AND ONLY ASK WHAT IS WITHIN REASON AND COMFORT?

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  18. Lana

    You can argue all you want about what happened to the horse, the thing that struck me was the way his rider responded. Just pet the horse got off and walked him out!

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  19. Michele

    For the love of everything, she just got too far underneath herself. She is young and her back end was too low, she simply took the next step down and laid down. Not HYPP that is said by someone who knows NOTHING about it, not drugs, not “hit the wall” . unnatural movement led to the motion that caused her to lay down.

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    • Auctioneer

      Every one please remember she is a mare and because of that she will do what she wants when she wants and the way she wants. Just like my wife 🙂

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  20. Anonymous

    3 years is too young to be working or training this hard as far as I’m concerned…but, I know there are varying opinions on that. As to what happened here, if you watch her front feet, it looks as if she just got ahead of herself and lost her balance, center, whatever you want to call it. I’ve had that happen to me and rather than fight to recover when I knew I couldn’t, I just went with it and ended up on the ground. I love how the rider handles the situation, it says loads about his character.

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  21. Chelsea

    What ever moron runs this blog needs to find a new job! What uneducated idiot even wrote this? GREAT way to keep the horse industry growing! Let’s spread idiotic uneducated moronic false information to backyard trail riders for them to run with! I’m sure PETA loves you!

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    • Anonymous

      You hit the nail
      right on the head Chelsea! Lot of idiots out there trying to act like they know what they are talking about. Clearly most of them don’t know squat!!

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  22. Lana Dunlap

    We all have our ideas as to why this happened–only the horse knows for sure–but 3 years old is way to young for a horse to be doing this type of event. There is a lot of stress on the knee’s and most are not closed until 3–which means this horse and any other horse of the same age has been doing a lot of work for a lot of months to get to this point. The cutting horse is another example of starting them too soon.

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  23. Anonymous

    “It seemed like a good idea at the time” type situation. Horses have those more too, yo know…..

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  24. Kim

    Some poeple who are posting really need to get up on horses. Dont post if you do not know what you are posting about. Folks horses are athelets. Just like human atheletes, when they have had enough, they will surely let you know. She is young and should not be pushed I agree at a 3 year old, but stop trying to shut down horse events because you really dont understand. Yeesh. If all horse events are closed, what a worse fall out you will see with the horses then there has been since they closed the slaughter plants. No one knows the horse more than the rider. I dont see where it is the fault of this blog, when it is as much as people who are posting that do not have the education about the industry or horses and can tell by what they post. The horse was just plain tired and lost her balance. She does not have any defect, no drugs, and did not hit any wall!! There was nothing derogatory from this blog said about the Rider, care of the horse or about the horse! Understand what you read, and be educated on the subject before you post. This is why there are so much mis information out there, but people who think they know it, when actually, shows they dont, in what they post. WOW!!!
    And a FYI, they drug test them at the shows, before they perform. Education people, education!

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    • Anonymous

      kim…you are an idiot and not a true horsewoman. just a show off who has a mouth on you the size of Texas

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  25. Sherry

    That baby girl just lost her balance watch her front feet how her steps get shorter and shorter trying to recover her balance until she’s almost up on her tip toes and being a filly they don’t want to hurt themselves so she just laid it down. She is a little winded and blowing a bit too so could have lost her breath a bit being all bunched up like that – she’s only 3. She was pretty calm about it though and he was a good sport too. Sorry folks, nothing to see here! I do think that these futurities should be offered when horses are older to stop so much intense training on young horses. As long as there is money offered you will always get people riding babies earlier and earlier.

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    • Anonymous

      Ya. She didn’t step on herself. Her front legs gave out first.
      It was a lot to ask and she was giving.
      Athletes lay it down sometimes literally.
      At this level, I would assume she has been vetted. Blood, fluids.. Whatever…
      The rider was admirable. Only thing he should have done differently is loosten the girth off.

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  26. Susan

    I don’t know what actually happened. Mr. Deary responded in a very caring and professional way.
    Been at Deary’s place, watched him work a few, listened to him instruct his client’s and walked his barns. While I am glad to know so many are concerned about horses and the industry, none of you are more concerned than Casey Deary. He has nothing to hid and his client’s and their horses are lucky to be with him.

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  27. porter

    Why do human runners fall, why did a kid playing basketball stumble, why did the gymnast slip. Who knows? You can analyze all this to death. I know Casey, he takes excellent care of his horses, if he thought this would happened he would not have shown her. Maybe you shouldn’t ride a horse across the pasture because they might slip. They hurt themselves all the time in the pasture. People need to get a grip, there was no abuse here.

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  28. Chelsea

    Oh look my last comment was deleted seems that the uneducated wantable journalistic sleaz bag didnt like it. She Mariam Weinstein the writer of this garbage claims to be a reining fan yet felt the need to title and write this the way she did to trash the industry. Way to go Mariam! Keep deleting my comments and I’ll blast it all over Facebook who wrote this bull shit seems that you don’t have the balls to claim this trash your self. What a pathetic blog page.

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    • LKD

      I would copy and paste every single comment that you have made on this that’s been deleted. Pathetic that it’s a blog but she only allows bloggers that agree with her.

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  29. LKD

    How many anonymous people are on this page. Because one contradicts the other to Chelsea’s comment. At least do like I do and put your initials so we can tell yall apart

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  30. Debra

    Poor baby. He is exhausted. How far do you have to backup apparently farther then this horse wanted to….

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  31. Sherry R

    WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE? this is NO WAY to treat a 3-4 year old. They dont have the stamina or the body conditioning for this crap. I’d love to slap that SOB for being so STUPID.

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  32. anonymous

    Their new drug rules do not test only random and there is no penalty yet really if drugs are found. The NRHA has not set out a hard fight against drugs yet. I watched the horse all week get the shit kicked out of her and she was mentally done and physically exhausted. Plain and simple….DONE and the only way she could get away from the pressure was to lay down.

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  33. Melanie

    Drug testing was done here, so the horses couldn’t be given anything to take them down a notch, so the horses were ridden into the ground beforehand.

    Which is what you see here, horse just is worn out.

    And this POS trainer…if you go to his website, you can tell his horses are very, very unhappy, and hate him too.

    Reining used to be no contact when asking for a stop, now they are in mouths hard, damn shame they are ruining it.

    But this filly had nothing left…and guarantee you she got punished too.

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