Reeco update for those that are interested
Well it is D day tommorow, the day I hopefully get back on after over 9 months of hard work.
He had his last session with the scarecrow today
For those that dont 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
Good luck! I applaud you for sticking with it - not many people could, either for lack of patience, knowledge, or skill for working with a horse like him. He's a cutie though!
Oh my gosh! What a journey faye! I wish you and Reeco the best of luck and can't wait to hear an update. :-)
Good luck! Good thing you decided to do a very thorough exam with the vet : )
I didn't know the full backstory, but wow, congrats on all your progress. Hope your first ride meets your expectations!
PS- as a totally random aside, I know I've seen his picture before in your avatar, and I always thought he had a flaxen mane because in that picture, (as I now see) there's something brown on the wall behind him that I thought was his mane. I'm no color expert, but I couldn't imagine how that mane would ever be possible :) But the full body shots made it obvious that I was looking at an optical illusion.
Thanks all, the only reasons I have persivered with him is that he is a lovely horse to have around, extremely affectionate and for a horse with a bad past he is very very trusting, he has not got a nasty bone in his body it has all been pain and fear. It broke my heart many times when he would bolt in the long reins and go to a corner and shake, he was clearly expecting to be beaten and was terrified that he had been bad.
He is also absolutly stunning and if i can get him undersaddle he has the conformation, presence and intellegance to go to the top in showing and to do very well in dressage
Egrogan, he often mistaken for being black and white when he is actualy a very very dark brown and white, he has a few lighter areas around his flanks but it is only visable in his summer coat so in theory he could have a sunbleached brown mane (appearing flaxen) however he doesnt his mane is true black interspersed with muddy white bits.
Awww! Yay! He's a cutie for sure.
Congrats on all your hard work and good luck for the future. : )
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Good luck, keep us posted on how it goes!
It went brilliantly today, 15mins with wesley onboard and then my instructor jumped on him with me holding him.
He walked a whole circle with a real person on his back and his ears forward.
Picture of him with wes today
and a very funny video of a drunken Wes
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