He had his last session with the scarecrow today
For those that don't know Reeco is a pony that I bought about 2 and a half years ago as an unbroken 2.5yr old.
He was extremely difficult to break in and it took 3 different proffesionals (2 of whom told me to have him shot) to get anyone on his back as he was so terrified.
The first time we did a girth up on him he bolted head first into a wall and fractured his skull. He was terrified of longreins and it took months untill he didnt bolt at the first hint of the line going behind him.
We finaly got him undersaddle after 9 months of work and we were going great guns, he was hacking out on his own and even did 2 dressage tests scoring 69.1% in one of them. However he was very very unpredictable in the school, when I asked him to engage his hocks and shift his weight back he would bolt and he drilled me into the floor several times.
I finaly decided to get him checked by the vet, he spent 4 days in horsepital, he had a full lameness workup, a neuclear scintograph scan (bone scan), he was scoped to check for ulcers and had several hundred blood tests, eye tests etc.
It was found that he had an old fracture in his pelvis that had reopened and was causing him pain (he was completly sound in all tests).
3 months of box rest, drugs and heartache we finaly started to bring him back into work. I decided to go right back to the beggining and rebreak him from the beggining so that he doesnt associate being ridden with pain.
Tommorow is the day we get back on him!!! Wish us luck