It brings a tear to my eye typing this blog as unfortunately we lost my long term partner last week. Ollie had nearly 4 months off in the end and when we bought him back into work it was like he had had no break at all. He was exactly the same as he was before only this time he was lame as well. He had ring bone in his front feet and all the while he was in work we managed it really well, but after the break where he was not moving around as much, the feet had got considerably worse and he had become quite footy. We could hardly make him go on the lunge and then when I rode him he wouldn’t even get out of walk. He was clearly in a lot of pain, despite being on pain killers, so we made the very difficult decision to have him put to sleep. I am not a believer in putting horses in the field if they are in pain, so it would have only been for selfish reasons that we would have kept him alive.
It was one of the hardest things we have ever done as not only have we owned him for 9 years, but he changed my life so I owe him everything. He was the horse that forced me to accept my disability. He was so difficult when he was young that no one else would compete him for me, so it left me with no other option than to compete him myself. He made me realise that I did not have to be embarrassed of my disability and instead to stand up and be proud of who I am. From the first competition we never looked back and that lead to being 3 times National Champion and competing abroad.
We will never forget him, but it brings me peace that he is now resting in pastures new and hopefully I can put all that I learnt from him into the other horses.