Every year I’m caught off guard and amazed at how fast time passes. I remember being a kid and sometimes days just crawling by, but now it’s always a blur!
If you’d like to check out last year’s post: 10 Years of Stampede!
Like last year, Stampede seems to be celebrating by being lame, except this year with two bad legs…
He went lame on the left front Sunday after putting on a display of his majestic trot abilities for another horse while on the lunge on Saturday. Same mostly undiagnosed issue we’ve been struggling with this year although I do notice he was lame in this foot a year ago as well which is interesting. Either way x-rays only showed a slight imbalance which was corrected (although he was due for a trim and reset which was done Tuesday) and we added pads a couple of cycles ago. He had been sound on that foot since the imbalance fix til Sunday. Anyways the second leg in question, the left rear shown above, is due to my testing of a different product for his leg crusts. Thankfully I just spot tested because it left the area angry, red, and swollen! Yikes! So Stamp could no longer walk Wednesday night when I went to take him out of his stall for a walk. Washed his leg, covered it in goo, and wrapped everything up. He stayed in yesterday since he didn’t want to walk out of his stall, but looked better last night. Still not walk around like a normal horse level but better. Hoping he feels up to going outside today because it’s going to be 70 (high was 40 yesterday) and then it’s supposed to rain for days after today.
So I guess Stampede’s big news for this anniversary is that he is RETIRED! I planned to retire him when he came home but he made it clear that continuing to try to keep him sound and his back comfortable just wasn’t worth it or safe for either of us. He doesn’t need to trip and fall with me and he certainly doesn’t owe me anything at this point.
So here’s to a new chapter with the big beast who has taught me so much in these last 11 years. Sometimes things don’t go as planned but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ride. Looking forward to seeing this mammoth TB grazing in my backyard in a few months.