Disco Rico euthanized after long battle with laminitis

Disco Rico was euthanized on Dec. 18, 2014, after a two-year battle with laminitis. The stallion was 17.

Born in 1997, the 16.0 1/2 hand bay stallion had a stripe and three white stockings.

He had repeatedly fought back from close calls with laminitis, particularly over the previous year
He was sired by Citidancer out of the Apalachee mare Round It Off. Bred in Maryland by C. Oliver Goldsmith, he was bought as a 2-year old by Joe DiRico for $82,000.

Disco Rico won nine of his 17 starts and seven stakes, including the Maryland Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course and the Jersey Shore Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park. The colt retired after three seasons of racing with $532,244 in earnings.

He entered stud in 2002 and stood at Murmur Farm in Maryland, then at Keane Stud in New York, siring 11 stakes winners.

He liked jelly doughnuts, peppermints, carrots and beer, according to DiRico. Hopefully not all at once.

Latest posts

Check hay, feed for high iron levels when treating laminitis in horses

Your horse’s diet may be full of excess iron, which studies have linked to insulin resistance.

Is laminitis linked to rising temperatures?

Researchers from The Netherlands have published a study tying human diabetes to increased outdoor temperatures.

Filtering water stops laminitis in horses; water tests indicated iron level was safe

Both geldings have seen huge improvement in their feet, even though they are eating grass around the clock.

Iron overload likely caused my horses’ laminitis

In “Clue” like fashion, I’m declaring the cause of my six horses’ laminitis over the last 18 years as an excess intake of iron from weeds, trace mineral blocks and well water, leading to insulin resistance and the insulin form of laminitis.

Feed more hay to laminitic horse, equine nutritionist says

We’ve created the insulin resistant horse by doing all the wrong things in the name of helping, according to Juliet Getty, Ph.D.

Vet examines why some laminitic feet return to soundness

Some horses recovering from laminitis and coffin bone rotation become sound even though the hoof wall no longer is parallel to the bone. Dr. Debra Taylor, DVM, looks at possible explanations for this occurrence in a video posted on thehorse.com.

What is the link between laminitis and horse smegma?

Horse smegma is not a topic that gets a lot of press. I’ve been on a mission to find the definitive study on smegma and laminitis, and I don’t think it exists.