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post #1 of 4 Old 04-11-2011, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy The old mans running days are over!

Gus, our Paint horse, has been running for years he was a cattle ranch pony and was my top barrel horse. We recently found out that his running days are over. He had been having troubles with his feet and ankles for a couple of months and when the farrier came out she explained to us that if we ran him again his ankle would give out on him and there would be no getting him back. This was disappointing news.
Gus did lose one of his favorite things but has gained another. He is now one of our lesson horses and is loving all the attention from the little kids.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-11-2011, 10:03 AM
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So sorry to hear that. It's such a shame when Injury ruins a horse's career or forces a rider to quit.
Glad this story has a reasonably happy ending though. It's much better that you know to stop him running and let him spend his days bearing the burden of being gently worked and adored by children, than if he'd run himself into a disaster. I'm glad you made the right desicion to find him a new job to do, and I hope he has a long time of fun lessons ahead of him!

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-11-2011, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, thank you I hope so to and I have started to train with my little Sorraia Mustang and he is doing very well he is loving all the running and exercising. So right now I have two happy boys.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-11-2011, 11:40 AM
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Sweet. Glad that this has a happy ending. Sorry that your boy can't run no more but just think of all of the happy kids on his back learning to ride. That is amazing.

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