To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Russell and Reckless

Last night, I got a call on my cell phone that gripped my heart with icy fingers. It was Russell's new mom, not sure whether she should call me or Rick first. Russell was colicking, in obvious discomfort with a heart rate of 70 bpm. Rick headed out to see what he could do, and I prayed.

Rick got home three hours later bearing good news, and Tami called this morning to say that Russell is still doing well, eating and drinking and comfortable. She told me again how wonderful he is, and repeated what her evening chore girl had said: "He's such a nice horse; he can't get sick!" I'm so glad to be posting about a happy outcome!

Then I saw this little film clip on a dressage blog I follow. Like the narrator says, Reckless' story deserves to be told, so I'm doing what I can to that end. Grab a tissue; here's to great horses!


TBDancer said...

My 18-y.o. OTTB colicked the first week in January. It was an impaction colic caused by not drinking enough water during our unseasonably warm "winter." My vet says any time there is a 40-degree difference between the high and low in a day, he sees a lot of impactions, which are his favorite kind of colic to treat: Oil front and back, a bit of banamine, shots of Dyperone and a bran mash for dinner and breakfast. My horse is now on electrolytes daily, to encourage the intake of water.

Fingers crossed for dear Russell. Glad he got through it and hope he doesn't scare his peeps (present and former) again. Shame on him. ;o)

thecrazysheeplady said...

Glad Russell is okay - whew! Loved the Reckless video.

C-ingspots said...

So happy to hear that Russell is doing okay!! Colic is scary stuff. Loved the story about Reckless. I shared on my facebook page. :) Oh, and congratulations on Larry!! His name cracks me up! The next horse you get should be called Walter...very respectable and dignified, don't you think?