Hi Anne it's been a while since you spoke to Bud but I'd just like to let you know how he's been doing. Bud was one of those horses who were constantly getting injured and some of them had been quite serious. He was out of work that often the people on the yard nicknamed him sick note, my local vets all new him as he was their most frequent customer! It got to a point when I rang them I could just say my name and they'd say is it Bud again! His injuries were really so often I just despaired with him. After he'd ripped his side open and skinned his leg from the knee down the thought crossed my mind that it would be kinder to have him put to sleep to save him yet more pain with months on box rest which he absolutely hated. When you spoke to Bud he mentioned all these lumps and bumps and explained that he wasn't clumsy like I'd thought but that he was getting bullied. He said he wanted to be in different field with the babies away from the other horses. Although I'd never seen him being bullied I did as he'd asked and put him in a new field with two foals and another youngster. It's now 18 months on and I'm so pleased to tell you that Bud hasn't had one injury since. I truly believe Bud wouldn't be with us today if you hadn't spoken to him and given me this information. I can't thank you enough Anne for helping us both! Buds quality of life has improved so much and I no longer have the huge vet bills. Thank you so much Anne
Hi Anne, it's been a while since I asked you to speak to one of my son’s horses. When I first made my booking via the internet I did not expect at that point the pin point accuracy that you demonstrated during the conversation. The first time that I gave you any information about Homer was at the start of the telephone conversation. All that I told you was his name, age and how long we had owned him - not much could be pulled from that! HOMER: You translated for him that the past twice that he had been shod he had been unhappy with his feet. He told you that he had felt like he was tripping up and had stopped jumping as a consequence. He asked if he could have his old type of shoe put back on with pads to help when he was jumping (how did you know he was a show jumper). I explained to you that the last twice he had been shod we had tried a natural balance shoe that allows a better break-over at the toe, and that the day after these had been fitted he had stopped in a foxhunter class - which was quite unusual as he had been jumping really well at previous shows (it all started to add up). He then told us that he had heard us discussing taking him to the vet to have him checked out because he had looked short; he even mentioned that he had had some injections for a problem and that we had talked about him having an operation if it had returned. He said that he did not like the injections and had found them unnecessary; he said that he did not require an operation and that he had only bruised his foot in the field when he had tripped and that it would be fine. I was shocked.... everything that he relayed through you was true. We took him at his word, his shoes have now been changed and pads used, and he was fully sound a few days later. You said that he "acted first and thought later" which is him to a tee. He told us laughingly that his solution to all of his problems was to give him more food - he is called Homer after "Homer Simpson" because of his appetite. We have used the argent nit that you recommended for him and this has worked really well. I cannot thank you enough for the information you passed onto us, it really has been invaluable.
Before I detail our telephone conversation, I want to recommend that ANYONE WITH A "PROBLEM" OR "DANGEROUS" HORSE READS THIS, AS IT COULD JUST SAVE THEM AND GIVE YOU A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.. THE HORSE I AM ABOUT TO DESCRIBE IS VERY GENTLE, KIND AND HAS NOT GOT A NASTY BONE IN HIS BODY. HE HAS NEVER TRIED TO HURT ME, AND IS THE ONLY HORSE ON OUR YARD THAT I WOULD TRUST 100% AROUND MY 4YR OLD SON.
Hi Anne, you spoke to Harry who I bought two and a half years ago. Before we could start the conversation, you told me that Harry was very uptight and nervous as there was more than one person in the stable with him (no-one had mentioned to you that two people were present, and as the other person hadn't spoken you couldn't have guessed that). You calmed him down by talking with him and you asked him to give me a sign that he was happy to go ahead with the call. He came over to me and put his forehead up against mine, then stood and listened to the phone. You said that Harry's problems had began during training (how did you know he was in training). You told me that although he had been in training he had never raced (I had researched him and knew this to be accurate). He told you that he had started off fine and had been ridden, but had hurt his back badly in an accident. The yard staff had carried on riding him when he was in terrible pain, and when he reacted to this they had used horrific methods (I'll not mention them on here). He told you that on one occasion he had lots and lots of blood coming from big cuts in his mouth, and that he still had scars in there and on his lip from this punishment. He also described a large scar that he had on his cannon bone and how it hadn't been cleaned and treated properly. I can confirm that this is totally accurate: Harry has a large area of lower lip missing, together with the front part of his tongue!!
He does have a very large lumpy scar on the cannon bone that he mentioned. He told you that he was terrorised in the field: if he went to the staff when they went to catch him he was beaten; if he ran off he was beaten when he was eventually caught. He told you that he knew that whatever he did would result in him being beaten. He was also shut in his stable for days on end. People used to go past his door and bang items loudly on it, they also used to go in "mob-handed" (as Harry put it) to beat him. He said that as a result of this he felt frightened both in the stable and in the field. He told you that at our yard I turned him out in a head collar in order to catch him, and that I was the only person that he would go to (I reminded him of a girl who worked at the training yard who was kind to him, but couldn't stop what was happening). How spooky... I do turn him out in a head collar all of the time, and no-one else on the yard can get near him ... he would rather injure himself jumping out of the paddock than let anyone else close to him in the field. He IS also frightened in the stable. When I first bought him he used to fall over with fright if you appeared at his door without making a noise en-route: he is still very nervous if anyone else goes in his stable. He told you that he was sold through the sales (I know that he went straight through Doncaster Sales) and was on two other yards that were equally as cruel to him before he ended up with the girl from whom I bought him. He mentioned that this girl was very scared of him. Again, I know that a dealer bought him from Doncaster; he was then sold to another dealer (who I know of through reputation to be cruel to the extreme).
This dealer then sold him the girl from whom I bought him. I know that she didn't ride him when she went to look at him, and only saw him ridden in walk and trot... I now know that he will have been sedated for this. (We rode him under veterinary supervision, following treatment, using 10 x ACP - he looked fine). The girl owned him for eight months and had never been able to ride him - he terrified her to the point where she had thrown him in a field and left him. He told you that he was glad that I had bought him, as he didn't know what would have happened to him. He also asked you to tell me that he knew that he had pushed me to the limit. I responded by telling him that I liked a challenge (hence why I bought him), but that I hadn't realised just how much of challenge he would be. I told him that if I'd have known "messed up" he was that I wouldn't have bought him, but that the buck stopped with me. He told you that he knew that I had been under a lot of pressure to get rid of him; he also said that he had heard lots of people refer to him as dangerous. He said that sometimes he frightened himself with how he reacted. All of this is true: my son and husband have both insisted quite strongly that I should get rid of him before someone got seriously injured. Numerous people have classified him as dangerous and unpredictable, and sometimes when Harry has reacted to something he will just stand shaking and looking very frightened. Harry told me that during his life he had been to the "brink" and back, and had thought on a number of occasions that he was going to die. He said that he had had a total mental breakdown and that if I ever wanted him to go that I must not sell him, I must shoot him.
I confirmed to him that I had already decided this would be the case if ever I couldn't keep him. I must confirm that when I initially commenced work with Harry it was blatantly obvious that he was in pain. Upon initial examination our vet couldn't rule out kissing spines or an old fracture on his back end. Harry did not move through his back at all, but trotted up fully sound through his limbs. However, the x-rays showed everything to be fine. Harry was excessively sore through his back (something he stated happened in training), so much so we had to have a long-lasting pain killer (that acts for approx. 6 weeks) injected into his back in order to enable the physiotherapist to work on him. His physical problems have long been sorted; his mental problems will take a lot longer. Anne, you told me that you felt very sad and that Harry was by far the WORSE CRUELTY CASE that you had ever come across.
You also said that I must not try to ride him at this point, but that he would be rideable again with time and communication. Things have been quite manic recently, but I have managed to put a fair amount of quality time to one side to spend with Harry. Once I have more time to spend with him, I will be back in touch in order to get a step closer to helping resolve Harry's insecurities.
After many years of using your services I feel I should write to you and thank you, we first used you about 4 years ago with regards to a pony that had come into us for re-schooling, after many mishaps and Megan hitting the deck time after time, she refused to get on him again. So a phone call was made to you, within a couple of days you spoke to him and he relayed lots of information we knew nothing about, his life at a livery yard which was not a nice experience, and he new if he was naughty at ours he would stay (which he liked the thought of!!). He had problems with a saddle fitting, a leg injury and wanted back shoes on!! After we corrected all this things and promised him we would find him a good home he turned out to be a superstar, eventually being sold to Ireland where he won the 7 year old final at Dublin Horse Show. You have probably spoken to over 20 of our horses and ponies over the years many with funny stories to tell, we relay there stories to equine friends, normally they laugh and say we have to be joking oh and that’s a load of nonsense they say, but by the end they always ask for your number and speak to you and then they have a story to tell!! Many thanks for your help and I am sure we will be speaking soon kaz, Essex x
We used you last year, pony is now doing fine. Getting placed at show jumping again which he love. Thanks Owen