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ClaireK

BRC National Championships......

Here we come!!!

My youngest daughter qualified with her Riding club team for dressage at a British Riding Clubs qualifier on sunday and is now off to the BRC National Championships in Sept at Lincs showground.

Really pleased for her as she has struggled with her horse (Dolly) being rather excitable when it comes to the dressage phase as she is looking forward to the jumping that usually follows. but on sunday she kept it all under wraps until the very last 2 movements and even then only dropped potentially 4 marks.

As her big sister competed at the Nationals a few years ago, Victoria is really chuffed to be going herself.

I am a very proud mum!!!  

Claire
bodger

And so you should be too.

It used to frighten me stiff watching Doodle riding her ponies in competition. I've never been a good back seat driver.
emsley

Great news

Well done
Yorkshire Geordie

Re: BRC National Championships......

ClaireK wrote:
Here we come!!!

I am a very proud mum!!!  

Claire


Justifiably so - congratulations to Victoria AND Mum and not forgetting Dolly.  

Martyn
Toddy

It sounds like a lot of quiet perseverence and hard work has paid off
Very well done though, and I hope the Nationals are a brilliant experience for her.
You have every reason to be a very proud Mum.

M
kaz

Congratulations to all involved - you will all have a great time (but Dolly might get rather too  excited    )
sod

Great news and every reason to be proud and thanks for sharing so can enjoy too
Dave C

Very well done  
ClaireK

We are feeling a bit disheartened at the moment as Dolly is lame, ok on soft ground but definitely unlevel on concrete. Vet coming out tomorrow and keeping fingers crossed it will be a short lay off time, as in days, not weeks!

Really feel sorry for Victoria as things were starting to come together, but then thats the way horses go!

Claire
kaz

Fingers crossed that it is only a hiccup
ClaireK

Vet has been and says it looks like she has just tweaked a tendon. There is still some swelling but not as much as before. 3 days box rest and bute and then we can trot her up on friday. Yesterday Dolly was much better and happy to trot, so fingers crossed she will be back on track in a week or so.  

Claire
sod

Great news  
emsley

Good girl Dolly  
ClaireK

As is the way with horses, Dolly has been diagnosed with a ruptured check ligament in her right foreleg meaning up to 3 months box rest and a long period of rehab! Unfortunately, this will mean no riding club champs for Victoria and Dolly this year. Vet confirmed it with a scan yesterday and has given us a long list of rehab instructions to follow.

Understandably Victoria is gutted but is just happy that at the end of the winter, we should have a Dolly that is back on track for next year.

Claire
Dave C

Oh no so sorry to hear that  
emsley

Oh no. How disappointing  
But at least there is a next time  
sod

very sorry to hear out come, Victoria has a great way of looking at life even the way this has turned out
ClaireK

As is the way with horses, we now have my mare Holly keeping Dolly company on box rest. I found her at the beginning of august stood leaning at a 45 degree angle behind and very unwilling or able to walk in a straight line. Vet "thinks" but without scans or xrays is unsure, that she has either trapped a nerve or done something to her sacroiliac joint. She is now, nearly 6 weeks later, still on box rest but can go for a walk in hand each day (distance depending on how she is) and have an hour out in a little paddock to have some grass and sunshine. Scans or xrays i wont let them do as it would mean a journey in the horsebox to Oakham which is 2 hours away and i dont think she would make the journey there and back, let alone manage the ramp at each end!

The prognosis isnt good, but she isnt in any pain. Its just a case of taking each day as it comes and ensuring she has some quality of life but its unlikely she will ever be ridden again! At the beginning of the week she was very upright and almost 99% back to normal, 3 days later she is unco-ordinated again and definitely wobbly behind!

After having to have her eye removed in april due to her uveitis and now this i am wondering what else can be thrown her way.

Claire
bodger

We had things go wrong like this with Frannies horses, its heart breaking.
emsley

Oh no - so sorry to hear this news
kaz

Sorry to hear this.  It sounds as though she is going through the wars with her eye problems as well.

How old is she?
I agree with your decision for her not to travel for investigations, give it some time.
ClaireK

Holly is 23 yrs young. On friday night i was at the stage where i was all for calling the vet at 9.30 as she was looking very unhappy and wasnt eating and i seriously thought i would have to make the decision all animal owners dread. I chose the bute route and fortunately by 1030 she was happier and eating again. She has been very wobbly over the weekend but pain free so i let her out into her little paddock for an hour yesterday and she was attempting to trot, buck and roll!!  

This morning she is still a little wobbly but getting better and the physio is coming out to see her on thursday so hopefully she will be able to give me some exercises to do to help.

Claire
sod

Great to hear she picked up.   yes we all fear 'THAT' time.[/b]
Dave C

Yeah we all routing for her.
kaz

Thank goodness for Bute.
I know it's not a longterm solution but if it can give pain relief to allow the body to move naturally and recover it's great
ClaireK

Holly update:

A visit from the physio yesterday saw a happy owner and 1 ginger mare in heaven! The physio agreed with all i have been doing and said holly looks fab for 23! She agrees that Holly has done something rolling and the issue is neurological in that the message isnt getting to her legs (mainly her near hind) quick enough but that it is pointless doing scans as there is little they will do apart from confirm what we think, namely that she has trapped something.

She loosened Hollys muscles down both sides (picture if you will a horse that loves a good scratch and will stand on top of you in an attempt for attention and rock backwards and forwards so you get all the right bits!) having a massage with a look of sheer heaven on her face  

i now have exercises to do and to continue with what i am doing (short walks and small turn out paddock) and see how it goes. We are still unsure whether she will ever be fully sound but hopefully i can now keep her muscles loose and soft and her relatively pain free.

Definately money well spent

Claire
kaz

Sounds like a sensible physio  

I'm glad that Holly likes to be massaged - it should make doing the exercises easier if she leans in to you when  you touch certain areas (unlike our lab who just rollso ver onto her back if you try to stroke or comb her   )
ClaireK

On tuesday i had to do the saddest thing i have ever done and hold Holly whilst the vet put her to sleep. Despite our best efforts and taking as much care of her as possible she was not going to be able to enjoy the kind of life she deserved.

I had hoped that she would be able to spend her remainding days mooching about in the field as she was more stable behind but it wasnt to be. 2 months of bute daily, visit from the physio, gentle exercise and reduced turnout have shown me that this was not possible so last week i made the decision i had dreaded all along. She wasnt in any pain or discomfort and looked great, and i didnt want to see her suddenly go down hill or suffer any more.

It was, and still is, heart breaking and i have a huge Holly shaped hole in my life but i have lots of fabulous memories and know when it mattered that i did the right thing for my friend.
Dave C

Our hearts go out to you at this very sad time.

Sometimes doing the right thing is so tough.
ClaireK

YAAY!! Last week we had Victorias mare Dolly scanned and her ruptured ligament is well on its way to being fully healed!!

We can now do more than an hours walk with a little trotting each day and hopefully by the end of this month Victoria will be able to have a canter. i can see one rather explosive canter transition on the horizon.  

It has been a long, hard 8 months and what with losing my horse Holly in the middle of it, its nice to have something positive finally.

Just need some sunshine and dry ground now.

Claire
kaz

I've only just cught up with this  

I'm so sorry to haer about Holly - you did everything you could for her.  

I'm glad that you have had good news about Dolly - I don't think you will get your wish for sunshine and dry ground anytime soon though.

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