I am finally (almost) to the point where I can type this without crying. My beautiful #hearthorse is officially retired. Earlier this year he came up acutely lame and, after investigation we discovered that his fetlock joint was fusing. We have been able to manage his pain, he is now living his ...best retirement life at River Run Equestrian Training Center, but he cannot ever be ridden again. I feel like the rug was pulled out from underneath me, and I’m a little lost without being able to ride him, but I’m so thankful to still have him in my life. He was such a powerful and dynamic ride - always wise, safe and steady for me - but a true showhorse who loved his job and would TURN IT ON when he entered the dressage court. He scared me to death with his power the first few times I rode him but he was, from day one, always such an incredible partner for me and he waited patiently for me to trust him and let him showcase that power while taking care of me. We are going to have him collected and I hope to be able to eventually find a special mare to bring a baby Vogue into the world. Please send your love his way.
EDITED to brag on him:
-he was in a movie in the Netherlands before being imported to the US
-Ster and Sport
-we earned my Bronze medal
-we were USDF 2nd and 3rd in the Nation
-multiple State and Regional Championship placings