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post #1 of 11 Old 01-06-2013, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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my gelding's recovery.

i'm going to attatch some photos from my 17hh, 15 year old trakhener X tb gelding Red's recovery from a torn tendon this past september. i spent my season eventing at training level with red, and we were quite successful throughout our year together. i'd had plans to move up to prelim on red this season, however that dream was dashed when he tore his superficial flexor at our final show of the year while on cross country. below are a few pics of red and i at our prime.

strutting our stuff at a clinic with Ian Roberts

jumping a 3'9 intermediate table.

doing some dressage at our first training event.

This is red's leg as we were icing it literally minutes after i pulled up on cross country. the "ice" is actually just a bag of vegetables that my coach managed to snag off someone because we did not have ice (very warm day too!) the vet came shortly after and gave him an injection of banamine before telling me that yes, he definitely had a tear. i knew immediately this meant that i would not be riding for months. At this time, i'd just taken up a working student position with prelim on red as my goal. i was crushed, and had no horse.

this photo was taken about 2 months into Red's recovery, his first walk! i cried as i heard his hooves touch the gravel and saw his adorable little face <3

Red's leg after about two and a half months. the swelling had gone down substantially at this point and we were looking forward to our third ultrasounds! the vet came out on december 30th............

and the vet cleared him to be ridden! right now it's just at the walk for 20 minutes a day, but i am so incredibly blessed to have the privillage to sit on my special man again. Yes, i may never ride him prelim, or ever show him again, but this amazing horse has the rest of his life to look forward to with me. he is my whole heart, and even though he has a little sister now that takes up a lot of my time, Red will always have a massive piece of my heart. <3 love you sweetie.

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-06-2013, 10:15 PM
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What a nicely done photo journalism story. He looks so athletic. Was it hard for him to be stall bound, and was he a nutcase when he was first back to beingunder saddle?
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Thank you for sharing! What a lovely horse Red is. You two make a great pair.

What are the chances that he'll be able to compete again? Fairly slim?
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hey, thanks for having a look!

tinyliny, he was fit to run prelim when the accident happened however his sweet personality made him the perfect patient! he's been incredibly careful, VERY patient, and walked around like a trail horse when i got on him again! what a good boy!

CLaPorte, thanks so much! the vet expects him to make a full, 100% recovery (we were very lucky with the size and location of the tears, as well as having the perfect patient!) however i don't wish to push him. i will likely get a partboarder on him that is interested in doing the lower levels, or sticking to dressage :)
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-06-2013, 10:27 PM
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Thats wonderful! My 5 year old barrel prospect was severely injured back in September. Shes been placed on 6 months of rest, no riding, and there is a very good likelihood that she'll only be a light riding trail horse. (Not what i was looking for when i purchased her) LoL. But...Horses will be horses. *sigh*

Red is very very handsome. Maybe he'll surprise you and take you to the top after all. Horses can be miracles...
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so sorry to hear about your mare ): at least you have a great trail horse on your hands (:
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He is absoloutly gorgeous!! What a touching story. Its so good that you are still more than willling to do whatever needed to get him back to being fit! He is a very lucky boy :)

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post #8 of 11 Old 01-06-2013, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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i could never abandon my boy. he's done far too much for me in our years together. <3
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I am so glad you stuck by him. He looks very special. :)
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-07-2013, 04:37 PM
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Good luck he is a nice looking horse

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