Sorry- shameless brag for my Willie! new pictures #24
I don't have any idea how many of you even remember the saga of 'Willie/penile cancer surgeries/Cushings/2 founders" from about 3-4 years ago, but if there are any of you out there - I just have to let you know what we did this past Sunday......
TRAV show at the Virginia Horse Center :We got first place in an equitation class out of 6 riders.(first equitation class we have ever entered.) We got third place in the UPHA championship equitation class out of 11 riders ( and Art heard the ringmaster say to the judge ,"That was beautiful" in reference to our serpentine!!!!)
We got second place in the trail class out of ten riders. Willie ticked a few of the cavaletti going over them- have not practiced that for years.
We got a first place in our musical dressage test, riding to "Long Highway" by the Moody Blues - thought it quite appropriate for Willie- especially where they sing "No one could love you like I do.." (of course only one rider in that class, me LOL!!!!!!) with a score of 81.88% with nice comments!!! (Of course, the judge is a friend who I scribe for all the time, and she was VERY generous with her scores).
But still - not bad for a 23+ year old Arab and his 63 year old rider, if I do say so myself (which I evidently just did )
Last edited by eventgroupie2; Oct. 15, 2013 at 08:27 PM.
Reason: new pictures added
I don't know how to search to get this link for you - it was a huge thread - maybe ZuZu or Bluey or Warmbloods (all with me through the whole long saga) would know how to do a link to the previous thread? Help?
Photos will have to wait - we forgot to take our camera as we were running a tad late to the show - my only pair of boots have a zipper that is "going" at the scrouch ankle place, and took me 15 minutes to get into - can I mention sweating bullets just trying to get into my darn boots to get to the show---- already did not want to get there too soon as Willie definitely has his preferences (as do most Arabs) of not hurrying to stand around and do nothing, which is in direct conflict with my trainer who wants us to get there way ahead of time so he can "see" everything. Have to laugh, got there late - "showed" him trail class first obstacle which was getting a vest off a post and placing it gently over his withers - I whipped it off the post, whanged it about him (he ddn't move), and considered that 'schooling" the trail class. Everything else looked fine.
We actually did the trail class in the middle of the equitation championship class- all 11 entries had to do a serpentine and they sent us all out of the arena - I was first, and (see above) Willie does not like to stand around, so we went over and did the trail class while waiting to be called back into the arena to finish the equitaton class. Worked well.
So... pictures - I am ordering some from the photographers at the show- will post a link to them as soon as I get them, and remember how to do it.
Last edited by eventgroupie2; Oct. 9, 2013 at 09:52 PM.
I think it's absolutely a miracle that Willie survived his partial penile amputation and then the laminitis and then founder from the steroids used by the vets. People do not know how much effort that it took eventgroupie2 (and how much money) and time it took her to save Willie.
And then there's the fact that Willie was very brave and a great patient to go through all the treatments and survive and thrive and come back. He was in another show or clinic a while back. What a brave boy! Some horses just know how to handle being injured and sick.
And we all owe eventgroupie2 and Willie and their vet hospital thanks for telling us all about soft ride boots. They really are exceptional for horses with hoof issues.
Keep going Willie! You and eventgroupie2 are both inspirations to all of us.
Mara - wish that I had that opportunity! We bought Willie as a 16 year old trail horse from a friend who breeds Arabians. He was not one of her horses, but she was taking care of him and selling him for a friend who could no longer ride or care for him. Basically was love at first sight for me. So we have only had the pleasure of working with him for 7 years. (I almost said the pleasure of "owning him" for 7 years, but I don't think you "own" a horse like Wille -when it is right, there is a partnership that can only be understood by someone who has been lucky enough to experience it firsthand. Willie has given me that.)