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Injured polo ponies nursed back to health

By Walter Geiger Accidents are common along I-75 even along the short section of the interstate that traverses northeast Lamar County. It is uncommon, however, for horses to be injured on the interstate, particularly high dollar, thoroughbred polo ponies, but that is exactly what happened Sept. 4. Luis Ansola, 33, was driving a 1996 Freightliner hauling a large horse trailer when it collided with a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Cynthia McKinnon, 62. Both vehicles careened out of control and into the median. Neither driver suffered serious injuries The trailer was hauling 14 polo ponies. One died at the scene. ‘It was gone,’ noted Barnesville veterinarian Dr. Chanda Moxon who responded to the crash scene. The surviving thoroughbreds were rounded up by local horseman Gregg Martin and members of the Monroe County Horse Club. The horses were tethered to guard rails in the median by deputies and passersby before being transported to the Barnesville Animal Clinic where they were treated by Dr. Moxon, Drs. Mark and Pam Korb, their staff and a host of volunteers. ’Chanda did a great job and we had all sorts of people out here helping us Tuesday night. It was hectic. The horses had ‘a lot of road rash’ and three suffered more extensive injuries, Mark Korb said. All of the ponies, several of which were bred in Argentina, were recovering nicely and are expected to return to the polo field soon. They left Barnesville on their way to Carol Gables, Florida on Friday.

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