Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
He never had an episode with his former owner, but she rode him at a walk, maybe trot for trail rides about twice a year.
We did get it out of her that when he was sent for training as a 3 yr old he was sent back home because he got sick???? We've tried unsuccessfully to contact the trainer since the owner says she didn't know what he was sick with but my coach and I have our suspicions.
When I first got him we eased him on to a very small amount of fat and fibre pellets and a trace mineral. He was fine with heavy riding for about 3 months.
Since July he has not had an ounce of grain and is only on pasture and hay (not containing alfalfa), and has tied up 3 or 4 times (mildly, but he was worked a lot less).
He will never be sold. If I ever can't keep him anymore,which I doubt, although he is only six, I would consider euthanasia.
The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. ~Arabian Proverb