I'm still in a quagmire of misery about what to do. Most of the information I've read indicates that horse's tie up and then go on to compete with adequate nutrition and supplements. No guarantee out there that it won't slam you again in another 10 miles or another 1000 miles. We had 700 miles without incident.
It is not financially feasible over the long term for me to feed and care for a horse that is not in use. My horse is very reactive and would not be suitable for most people. She'd be great under an experienced person, and I could see her excelling at arena work, or even as a pleasure horse in the right hands. In the wrong hands she'd likely go down a very bad road. I don't want that for her. As tumultous as mine and Phebes "relationship" has been, she has also taught me more than any other horse ever has or probably ever could. I've discovered things about myself that I did not like and had to address. I've had to change how I think, how I ride, and even my goals to better meet her needs. I'm okay with that. I've had several people write to say that their horses have had a tie-up at various times, gotten over it, and went bobbing along again for a long time. I'm certain "why" it happened as it did, and even now under the set of circumstances I don't know that I'd have ridden her in deep sliding mud for the sake of movement, but I would give her turn out, and reduce her ration way below what I give after a 50 mile weekend in the future. There is also the fact that a "normal" horse won't tie up, and there is some kind of underlying issue, but nobody knows the cause really. Some of you have been with me for the length of my journey. What in honesty would you do in my set of circumstances? I truly hate this cross road I find myself at.
I am looking at a horse hopefully on Saturday. There is another horse in Cincinnati that I've inquired about for more information.
My heart is still with this horse... I've ridden her for the past several days and she has been fine. We did 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and an hour yesterday. She is chomping to GO but I didn't let her. There are a few management options I can tweak. Both tie-ups were during a heat cycle in April...one during a ride, and one two weeks following a ride. I don't think the heat cycle thing was coincidental, maybe not THE factor, but a factor. I can assure a low low starch diet, the right supplements, but I can not assure the processes that I cannot see. Am I in denial? Am I making sense?
My choices are:
Try, try again. Leg up for Top of the rock in three weeks, and hope for the best, ride slow.
Sell Phebes, and stick with starting a new horse.
Put Phebes on a one year hiatus, try to heal any simmering underlying issues, reducing to maintenance feed, and one weekly pleasure ride, and start the new horse as quickly as feasible into LSD, and shoot for the fall rides (this would give us June,July, Aug, to prepare for slow finishes in Sept/Oct. Then over the winter pleasure ride and keep Phebes somewhat fit, and see who my best prospect is come spring and make a decision then. It would still be a miserable hard decision. ~E.G.
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