Originally Posted by Jewelsb
ESP one that I had made lame. Still can't believe he is lame at only 14.
I still can't believe that I have to defend myself when I am going through this tough time. I was hoping for encouraging advice and constructive criticism, and not getting completely stomped on.
Why do you think I made my horse lame?
I patterned him when he was 4. No speed. No hard work.
I let him pick the pace when he was 5. We went to about 4 or 5 events the entire year. Pretty light.
He got into barbed wire fence that fall when he was 5 (remember, my parents raise cattle and cattle come first ... hence we had barbed wire) and cut his left front foot badly. Never thought he'd come out of it. A year later and several vets checks and x-rays, he was declared 100% sound.
Age 7 through 10 we'd go to about 5 to 7 events a year, local stuff no more than 2 hours away.
The last 4 years he's pretty much sat in my parents pasture while I was in grad school. The last two summers, I took him to 1 or 2 shows.
Gee. I REALLY over work my horse. I'm such a horrible person for running him into the ground weekend, after weekend, after weekend, since he was 2 years old. Oh wait. I didn't.
GET OFF ME.