A bit if background info on my hypp n/h gelding, Pension, registered name, Smooth Mr Luck lol...love it..
About 5 years ago I started cleaning stalls in exchange for lessons at a pretty popular barrel/lesson barn in my area..after a few months it turned into a daily paying job as the barn got much larger and the bo had no time to do stalls herself..Pension was a very popular lesson horse, very steady, tolerant, a great size for any rider, would plod around the arena with a kid on his back or was just as happy doing barrels or trail rides. In my opinion a perfect horse but maybe I'm biased ;) I had many lessons on pension and he quickly became one of my favorites...4 years went on and the BO slowly stopped using him, in my opinion he was going arena sour and the BO told me he just wasn't happy showing which was becoming a pretty key component of being a lesson horse at this particular barn..
Then came the day when she offered him to me :) it was becoming a liability issue with him being hypp n/h and the fact that he was not happy in the arena/showing made him about useless at the barn. She disclosed to me his hypp issue..i was surprised, I had no clue that he was hypp n/h, he had never had an episode or symptoms in the 4 years I had known him..So I took him home :) and that's where he shall remain for the rest of his days.. I was and still am floored at the opportunity to have such an amazing horse..he's only 12 about 16hh and has no physical limitations other then the hypp issue..hes such a quick learner, willing to do anything you ask of him and for sure the safest horse I have ever had the pleasure of owning. I can leave him in the paddock for 2 months and jump on him and he rides the same as if Iv been riding him 5x a week..just such a great horse..
Diet was a bit if an issue at first, at the barn he was receiving 4 flakes of grass hay and oats daily..i kept it up for awhile but it quickly became apparent that it wasn't going to do with my living situation. He was used to being stalled all night every night in a spacious padded stall, I had nothing but a three sided run in. We adjusted though, I got him in a different hypp approved feed and way uped his hay intake.
So anyone else with an hypp horse that would like to share stories or tips? I'm pretty sure pension and I can't be the only ones :)
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