Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
Back story for the curious:
I lost my (forgive the cliche) "heart horse" that I bred, raised and trained earlier this week at the age of 3.5 from Throat cancer after a 4 month battle and 3 different vets. I'm not sure if that is a motivating factor of my current dilemma or not.
While the long, frustrating battle for my late geldings life was going On, I worked with a high strung mare fresh off the track i was selling for a friend. She is an ottb mare, a cribber, with a moderate bowed tendon that has healed. The first time I brought her in she was impossible to catch, so extremely stressed when tied she weaved in panic until drenched and was nearly impossible to remove her over grown shoes from. Everything was worth reacting to. Within a couple sessions she was searching me out in the pasture, begging to come in. Now I can ride her, and she's doing well(very sensitive, forward mare). She loves to work, and she tries so hard for me.
But a track broke, experienced rider only, cribber with an old bowed tendon and chipped feet is a very hard sell.
I'm finding myself attached. This mare has sold a minimum of 3 times in her 7 years. I might be crazy but I'm actually considering trying to turn her into a trail/mountain horse.
So the question, if you've stuck with me thus far, is what is the prognosis for a moderate bow healing to near normal functionality?
Any one with experience on this?