The Hard Choices - Jake Update
I haven't been on HF in a while. Life, School, work and horses all managed to take up most of my time. I have come to a very sad and hard part in my life that I thought I would share with the few of you that have been following Jake and me.
I have just heard from my trainer that the Vet said that Jake's ringbone has progressed to a state that he is deemed light riding sound only. No more jumping, or barrel racing. I haven't been able to talk to vet so I have no idea if that means I can do light flat work, or if he thinks it means a walking trail horse from now on. I received this info in a text, no call just a handful of words.
As many of you know from previous posts and videos that Jake is a hot horse under saddle. He doesn't just go for casual trail rides or a basic jog around the ring. He lifts his knees high and prances and jumps around and twists. All things that he should be avoiding. He can't do a semi-retired life...It isn't in his personality to be content with a gentle ride. He gets bored easy, and looks for ways to add spice to the ride.
This is why I will be retiring him at the end of summer. I will spend one last summer with him, just playing around no worries, no pressure to just enjoy him and his stupid antics that I love. Then, Jake will travel 800 miles away to retire on a pasture at my dads house for the rest of his life. I will only see him probably once to twice a year after that, and it breaks my heart. He is my world, and I don't know what I'm going to do without him. Its like saying goodbye.
Just thought a few of you would like to know, and thank you for the few that have supported us.