Indy’s cru­sade

NZ Horse & Pony - - Your Letters - Katrina Gos­ney, Christchurch

Af­ter read­ing many re­cent ar­ti­cles about EMS and lamini­tis in your re­cent is­sues, I just wanted to quickly share a photo and a story of a brave mare, In­dian Glow.

Indy suf­fered two bouts of lamini­tis with ro­ta­tion of the pedal bones be­fore be­ing di­ag­nosed with EMS. She was never “fat” as such, but ob­vi­ously had is­sues. She is not my horse but be­longs to a very close friend and I had the plea­sure of rid­ing her when she was rst bro­ken in. I went on to com­pete Indy with some pretty good wins in the pinto and Arab rings when she had, I think, her sec­ond bout of lamini­tis and was di­ag­nosed with meta­bolic syn­drome.

Even with ro­ta­tion and two bouts of lamini­tis, Indy be­came sound again and was leased out to another rider as I was by then too busy with my own horses. She went on to win at HOY that sea­son but a few months later suf­fered an in­cred­i­bly bad case of lamini­tis and came home to her owner to be locked up 24/7.

Things were look­ing pretty dire at this stage. Indy’s ro­ta­tion had wors­ened and even be­ing off grass she did not seem to be im­prov­ing in any way. The vets had said to be pre­pared.... it was look­ing like Indy would lose the bat­tle and would have to be put down.

Indy’s nal chance was to come to live with me. In Marsh­lands, my pad­docks are very cush­ion­ing and as I also have some fat­ties I had a per­fect place for Indy to live with no grass and no hard ground. Al­most im­me­di­ately Indy seemed bet­ter on her feet... she was at least walk­ing! Over the next months we watched her get sounder and sounder. I started walk­ing her, and from there she just kept go­ing ‘til this show sea­son when she once again graced the pinto ring. She has had many suc­cesses again, but to be hon­est the fact that this gutsy lit­tle horse has come back from the brink is the big­gest re­ward of all!

She has a won­der­ful owner who has never once be­grudged any­thing she has needed, a great far­rier, and vets who have helped get her back to 100%.

I just wanted to share this so peo­ple re­alise things like this don’t al­ways mean it’s the end of the line for a horse. Indy is proof there can be hope!

The pic is Indy win­ning Supreme Rid­den at the South Is­land Pinto Show

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