For those who have been following us for over a year, you'll know that the mare, I call Baby April, daughter of Super Sega, has had a lot of ups and downs the past 18 months. I have not mentioned her in a long time and like last year, this year has been, well full of bumps in the road. We rehabbed a serious injury this winter (many months of stall rest and limited turnout) to finally get my Big Mare sound but it was not meant to be. We had a small window of hope in August but the world came crashing down in October when she again became lame, this time on a different leg.
We went today to see the best of the best in the horse world and saw a vet who cares for many extraordinary horses (inside and outside the US), and the verdict is not good. It seems that it will be another very long winter of rehab but this time there won't be a light at the end of the tunnel. Baby April won't be the special performance horse that we hoped she would be. In fact, she'll probably be "Mother April" sometime in 2014 (if the stars align correctly). It wasn't a huge shock but reality does indeed hurt. Tough day here on the farm. Hopes and dreams won't come to fruition. She's lucky though that she will be loved and cared for just as much. Horses can be so humbling.