Thanks everyone!!! I was looking at the pictures from the night that it happened and I am just very thankful that everything is working out. It has been a costly, time consuming, stressful road but it feels good that she is doing very well. I have even more love for riding her. Even on days where I am just dragging my butt from being tired, once I get out to the barn I get a second wind and a feeling of happiness that makes my day sooo much better.
I will admit that the days that she was struggling and in much pain I questioned my decision to keep her on this planet... but she always had the fire and spark in her eye that told me that she was not ready to give up. She even proved it a couple of times when I would just so ever look at her foot and she would be threatening to kick the crap out of me (and did get me a couple of times... but I knew it hurt and was in the wrong position myself). She has not kicked at me for weeks now (guessing the pain is gone)
This whole incident has given me a new perspective for life. The fact that in the blink of an eye everything can change (for human or animal) and that hard work and dedication will pay off at some point. I would not have been able to help April the way I did without the help of my BF Cory or my mother. The stall cleaning, assisting with washing and wrapping the foot, the hand walking, feeding, medication giving, giving up time during the summer, the list really could go on. If April would have been at my place things would have been easier but for the time being I have to board so that just complicated matters more.
Lastly I want to thank all of you. The encouragement and thoughts mean the world to me. I will continue to post updates as they come- or if you want to ask anything feel free.
I am very excited to get back into the show pen in 2012... but I am also going to enjoy her more with trail riding, and starting to work cattle. Not everything is based around showing anymore- life is too short for that :)
It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.
- Paul "Bear" Bryant (Former college football coach)