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.