Fri June 21, 2013 we lost another equnine member to MDDA. Precious Legacy “aka Jr. ”
I had competed on Jr for a number of years…in the begaining I hitched Jr & Citygirl up for pairs then just as a single for awhile. At home he was used with Val on the Vis-A & wagon for events.
Jac could tell us what his record in MDDA… All I can think of is of this little 14.2 hnd Half Arab horse being my 1st driving horse that I raised. I owned his sire Cognacs Demplomaite & his dam was Carol Dilbeck’s old grade paint mare Toni (FYI- Toni was 24 or 26 yrs old when we bred her). The plan was to replace Toni, but that year Cognac died suddenly in Nov. of 1997.
I rode Jr. only in a handful of CTR’s. My plan was to have him as a trail horse for the grandkids and to drive him. But, those rides I did with him…were great rides! Carol was riding Citygirl and I had another horse that needed to have some time off after winning the Hwt Endurance at Endure. We went to southren IN. for a brand new ride Hossier Daddy. 1st time out on a 25mi CTR he did great! Then came a ride couple weeks later in New Prospect, WI. at this ride I was riding against fellow rider Grace Ramesy…She yelled over at me at the start of the ride warming them all up ” Tony! What the hell are you doing on that little horse?” Told her I still wanted to ride this ride and rode the Daddy Ride also, two rides I had never been to. Well, at the end of the day Grace & I are sitting around waiting for awards, comparing scores that we know we got…Gracey starts to laugh! I pulled a 9/3 at the halfway check then got a 10/4 at the end of the ride! Grace then says to me “Go figure! We buy these big horses to get started in the distance carreer for good money….you bred and ended up with this little grey and he carried you for 25 miles…Tony you’re going to kick my ass I bet!”
I always told people that Jr was a far cry from being anything but a good horse! He would get all upset wanting to keep up with the horse in front of him, no matter if it was at a trail ride or a Comp Drive…he just hated to get left behind.
Jr would even do a dressage move of cantering in place! I hated that part! A friend of mine I told about this, told me to have him to do this when I wanted him to do it without the problem of other horses…So, I did! I still never cured him of that blasted habit! LOL:) But, he when I asked him to do it in parades while riding or anytime I wanted.. he looked beautiful!
Last most recent memory of Jr at a ride was a few years ago at My Back Yard. Dr. Wes was the vet & at the end he was checking for soreness around the shoulders & chest. All of a sudden Doc said to me “Ah! 3 pts off…” I said what wait a minite!!! Doc I think you really need to take a look at that again…” You see, I tought Jr some tricks mostly for chiro reasons. As I was at the time always helping park cars at some county fairs and the kids would come up and want to pet your horse. I tought him to say “yes” by putting my finger on his shoulder or chest. Doc disagreed…I said look Doc! I will do the same check you just did…his head is NOT going up from pain…Jr is telling you YES! Boy, if anyone knows Doc at first he thought I questioned his opinon, but when he had seen I was correct…Now, he was a bit ticked at me for teaching him something & kinda yelling at me “How and the world can I evaluate your horse when you teach him crap like this!!!” Just about every other ride from then on…Doc Wes would ask me, “So, what tricks does this one know so, I might make a good sound determenation of his soundness?”
In the end Jr still told me a point when asked ” Jr do you love me…and that head would go up and down”! What a joy this horse made to me!!!
Over the past year he had taken some turns. Most of which we thought that he would come out of. But, at some point this spring something had happened that I missed totally. Jr had dislocated his “femur / knee cap” on his back left. After talking with many Doctor’s and doing all we could Jr then came up with a lamness on his front right. I knew it was time…
A couple of things to think about if you have to make the same dession: We made a ramp for the horse to walk down into. Some of you might know Dr. Trego from vetting rides years ago. She makes the hardest part of this ordeal painless. By using the poisonous fog serum & sodium pentathal. The first part makes them go down with no fighting and the other just does the rest.
I want to Thank all of you for all of your paryers while going through this…. Those that are on Facebook showed me that we really do pull together and spread the word of a friend having a problem. My UMECRA & MDDA family are the greatest! I would say I am “Blessed” with great friends! As every day goes by Carol & I will get used to the fact that Jr isn’t coming up to the gate. But, even this takes time…He was my boy! I rode him on vacation after vacations in MO. He was a “Sunday” horse…any Sunday of the year I could go ride with out a problem….
Good Bye my friend We had the greatest of times!!