HBO Luck: Unlucky Fate For ‘Luck’

March 15, 2012 by staff 

HBO Luck: Unlucky Fate For ‘Luck’, one of Luck’s horses was not so lucky, after all. California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) veterinarian Dr. Gary Beck discussed the incident, stating that after rearing up near a stable, the horse fell backwards, hitting her head on the ground and severely injuring herself.

Beck, with attending vet Heidi Agnic, ultimately decided the most humane thing to do was to euthanize the horse. While it certainly seems as if protocol was followed in regard to the incident, unfortunately for HBO and the Luck production, yesterday marked a third time a horse met a similar fate during the filming of the program.

PETA was up in arms over the ethical treatment of the animals, stating the show’s management of its animals was “sloppy,” and “disregarded” the rights of the horses. While HBO has come out and vehemently denied the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ charges, the company has decided to stop using animals on the set of Luck until the American Humane Association (AHA) can come in and do test checks to make certain the set is designated as safe.

According to, THR, Luck’s production crew actually works with the AHA and the CHRB to make sure everything is working according to safety standards. The horses even get pre-race exams to make certain everything is kosher.

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