Third Horse Killed in Luck
Animal scenes suspended again in controversial HBO series
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2012 12:01 AM CDT
A scene from the HBO horse-racing series "Luck." A third horse used in the series has been put down after suffering an injury.   (AP Photo/HBO, Gusmano Cesaretti)

(Newser) – A third horse in the HBO horse-racing series Luck has been put down after suffering an injury. The death has triggered suspension of horse scenes, again, over concerns about animal treatment. The humane association that oversees Hollywood productions demanded that "all production involving horses be shut down." The American Humane Association is also insisting that the suspension remain in "full effect pending a complete, thorough, and comprehensive investigation."

The horse was being led back to a racetrack stable at Santa Anita Park when it reared and fell back yesterday, striking its head, reports AP. The series, probing the seedier side of racing, is in its second season. Two horses were put down in the first season after suffering injuries while racing. New protocols were put into effect after the second death, which were being followed yesterday, said HBO officials, who added that they were "deeply saddened" by the death. An investigation is continuing.

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Mar 14, 2012 5:59 PM CDT
Were the people handling the horses not doing so correctly? Were they not following the proper procedures for what they were doing? Was there misbehavior, mishandling, mischief ... or was everything done properly and these horses suffered injuries typical of Thoroughbred racing? Thoroughbreds are ... bred ... to race. Their bone structure is bred to be as light as possible and injuries to extremities are not at all uncommon. In fact I believe if you look at the horses you will see a lot of their "ankles" taped ... just like a boxer's wrists, and for the same reason. This horse reared and fell backward and struck its head ... was it not handled correctly? Was there something in its field of vision that wasn't supposed to be there ... or did a high spirited animal startle somehow and lose its balance and suffer a MOST unlikely injury?
Mar 14, 2012 12:09 PM CDT
I started watch this series because of the talented actors, but after a horse had to be put down, I just couldn't watch anymore. Sad.
Mar 14, 2012 11:35 AM CDT
It's from contact with Nick Nolte.