Victory Run Performance Horses

He fell…

20th November 2007

He fell…

posted in Heza Fast Traveler |

Traveler fell today. He thought it might be a good idea to buck and kick and his body just couldn’t handle it.I heard him hollering outside, so went to see what was going on. I guess he’s figured out that there’s horses down the way, about a mile across the field. They talk to each other every now and then. So as I went outside, Trav thought it might be safe to jump and buck like he used to, but his body just wasn’t prepared, and his hind end came out from under him. He didn’t go down completely, just the back side, but he couldn’t catch himself totally and he had to stand there a second with his back legs on the ground in order to figure out how to get them back up and under himself. I thought I was going to die watching that. Even if the the EPM doesn’t kill him, he could break a leg acting like that. That’s why I moved him here, away from the other horses, and into a smaller pen, so he wouldn’t get running around like a maniac like he so loves to do.

So after he got up and hobbled around some, and nothing seemed broken, I stood there and let him lean his head on me. I fixed his mane that always gets roughed up and falls half on one side and half on the other, and asked him what I was going to do with him. Then I found myself on my knees next to him crying and praying for him to get better. I can’t watch him like this. A little of me has died inside right along with him. I thought losing Victory was the hardest thing in my life I’ve ever been through but for some weird reason, I was wrong. As much as I wouldn’t admit it, Traveler is more my baby than Victory was. He’s been with me since the first time he opened his eyes. I can’t imagine not looking into those big golden eyes. I just don’t know how to go through this waiting and wondering if he’ll get better, but I know I’ll never give up on him.

After that I felt bad for him so I took him out of his pen a little later on and walked him around. I figured if he was feelin’ good enough to try and buck, he’d be okay to go for a walk. As usual he tried to powerhouse his way around, and at a Speedy Gonzolas walk I noticed him crossing over in the back so much he was knocking himself, even on a straight line. So we stopped walking and I let him graze down by the front of the property where the grass is nice and grassy in the ditch by the road. He was happy for that. Afterwords, I videoed him for a few minutes, so I apologize that the following video was slightly dark, but the sun has started going down before 6 here.

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