I read a quote once that went something like this: “Life is not fair. Once you accept that- you will appreciate the good times when they are here.”
I will remember Vaquero like this:
This is a picture of his neck x-ray. If you follow the line that runs through the bones –that is his spinal column. If you look from the right side of the photo and move left you will see a bony finger that sticks into the spinal column. It is a bony, arthritic growth that sometimes happens in horses and is considered a growth defect. Not caused by injury, etc. just the way he grew.
A couple of years ago we decided to geld Vaquero. We made that decision for HIM. As a stallion he spent his life alone and couldn’t be turned out with friends (he drove them crazy). So we gelded him even though we knew he would go on and win. And he did go on and win. He was shown three times bridleless and was undefeated. And by gelding him we lost the money we could have made. And I never regretted it because he got to play with his friends like in this video:
This decision was even harder than that one but again we know it was for HIS best.
Vaquero May 18, 2005 to May 7, 2012