Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
Coal, I think your goals are far outreaching what this horse is capable of. The truth hurts, but it sounds like this horse needs a hobby home with 24/7 turnout with an experienced person who will take care of her and ride her gently every now and then when she feels good. Your horse is mellow because she SICK and she doesn't feel well, you're worried about making her 'hotter' so you can compete? That makes me sad. Your vet and trainer are telling you what you want to hear-- because they probably have the same issues most people here are saying-- this horse is ill, but you won't reconsider not showing for awhile, so they keep on trying to pound a sick, square peg into a round hole to keep you happy. She got time off awhile back-- so what? That doesn't mean she doesn't need time off again. She is a living, breathing creature, not a robot. She's sick. REST HER.
I really, truly think that you will never be happy with this horse. You have had issue after issue with her. She's not sound. She's got a serious health issue that you aren't taking as seriously as you should. You are frustrated with her when you ride. You want an upper-level dressage horse and she's not built for that and her health problems will make high-level work nearly impossible. Every post is some sort of problem with Tyra. I really don't think you two are a good fit even if she was healthy.
Sit down and rethink your priorities. If your priority is this horse, then give her six months off with turnout and a gentle buddy, and reevaluate how she's doing then as you bring her slowly back up into work. If your priority is riding competitively, then I truly think you need a different horse. You bought Tyra knowing she had problems. You've realized what many of us have also learned-- horses with problems tend to have problems for life, and once they get over one, they get another one. You bought a known unsound horse that crashed and burned on the PPE, have now discovered she has a serious, life-long disorder, and you still are worried about competing with her?? That's the most unrealistic thing I've heard in a very long time. Either put your goals first, or put your horse first, but you can't have it both ways with this horse.
Last edited by SilverMaple; 11-20-2018 at 12:42 PM.