It was in Dec. 2012, that while schooling a stadium course, my horse Artful Way snapped his left fore splint bone upon landing from a fence. He went immediately lame and the pain was quiet evident. After x-rays and on doctor’s orders of 4 months stall rest, we were able to gradually get back to competing late 2013.
Everything appeared to be well for Ray and I in 2014 and we began our season with a couple solid placings at Intermediate. Unfortunately, I had a little voice in my head telling me that leg was giving him some trouble. He didn’t feel 100%, so we x-rayed the fractured area again and concluded that the damaged bone didn’t heal correctly and was causing pain to the surrounding ligament. In order for Ray to get sound, he would need surgery to remove the jagged bone.
Dr. Jim Nash of Horner & Nash performed the surgery at his clinic, and after a couple days I was able to bring Ray home. Stall rest, stall rest, stall rest were the doctor’s orders.
A fracture like this is common for racehorses, jumpers and cutting horses, and Ray’s soundness came into question 2 days before leaving for a 1-Star. He was ripe both mentally and physically and ready to compete, so when everything came to a halt, it’s been very hard on him to stay quiet and not become frustrated. The recent vet visit was embarrassing when he tried to take a chunk out of the assistant holding him.
Time is the only remedy, and as hard as it is for the both of us to miss out on the Spring trials, I had to put my own desires aside. I dearly love this horse, bad manners and all.