A pony who was discovered with a severed tendon and crawling with lice at about six months previous has this month gained the prelim gold and total cob titles on the British Dressage Related Championships.
Katie Lee was overjoyed to win on KSL Lengthy Shot – so named as his survival hung within the steadiness at first of his life.
Katie instructed H&H she was working for the vet observe to which “Minty” was introduced as a months-old colt in early 2014.
“He was tiny,” Katie stated. “The lice and malnourishment have been apparent, and there was blood on his hind leg. It didn’t look too unhealthy till it was clipped however the extensor tendon was utterly severed. He was standing together with his head pressed towards the wall, and I assumed I’d by no means sen such a depressed horse.”
Minty’s case was mentioned and it was advised that the kindest possibility is perhaps to place him down.
“It will have been troublesome to rehome him as he was so younger and with a extreme damage that wanted day by day care,” Katie stated. “Who was going to wish to take him together with his damage, and pay for it? However I’d been taking care of him day-after-day and I simply beloved him.
“Folks have requested me what it was about this poor, mangled little factor, and it was his stunning face. He was terrified however I beloved him.”
Katie went dwelling to speak to her mother and father, as “horses and competing are very a lot a household factor”.
“I stated ‘You’re going to assume I’m barking however why don’t we rehome him?’” she stated. “I feel my dad was pondering I’d not lengthy purchased this pretty warmblood to compete, and why did I need a six-month-old 12hh cob with no tendon. I received it however each horse we’ve had has labored out.”
Katie spoke to all the proper individuals, who have been joyful for her to take Minty.
“Everybody was very clear it was a protracted shot, which is the place his title got here from,” she stated. “Mates would say ‘Katie, that’s a protracted shot; you would possibly find yourself with a stunning pony otherwise you is perhaps heartbroken’ however I stated ‘I’ll give it a go’. And inside a fortnight, it was evident he needed to reside.”
After in depth relaxation and remedy, Minty joined Katie’s different horses, and buddied up with Katie’s teenager Wally.
“He walked as much as Wally doing his little child chatter and put his head beneath his tummy and began sucking on his sheath,” Katie stated. “Wally was taking a look at me like ‘Mum, what is that this and why’s it doing that?’ He ought to nonetheless have been together with his mum. He didn’t actually know what feed was, though that and sleep are actually his favorite issues.”
Minty thrived however was nonetheless tiny, Katie stated, and his “temperament was to die for; he’s a horse who ought to have been frightened of people, however he’s stunning”. He ultimately matured at 14hh, which meant she might trip him. He has a major scar on his leg and frequent physio and farrier visits however has by no means been lame.
He and Katie had performed some exhibiting, however had “no nice ambitions” on this space.
“I do dressage with my others however he’s a conventional cob, not a dressage horse,” she stated. “However then my mother and father stated ‘You do dressage on a Welsh part D so why can’t he do it?’ and I assumed ‘Too proper he can’!
“There’s loads you are able to do, then British Dressage introduced out the related championships and I assumed that was a superb concept. This 12 months I affiliated him and thought ‘Let’s give it a whirl and see what occurs’.”
What occurred was that in a couple of prelim checks, Minty certified for the championships, in order that they made the five-hour journey from County Durham to Bury Farm.
“Off we went with no expectations.” Katie stated. “Within the check, I used to be strolling spherical attempting to preserve his power, then the horn went and I picked him up, and thought ‘I’ve by no means sat on a trot like this, he’s completely received this’.
“My husband stated afterwards that he’d aced it, it was one of the best check he’d ever performed and I used to be saying ‘Cease it, his 12 months might be subsequent 12 months’.”
There was confusion over the scores however within the presentation, when sashes have been put not solely on Minty however on Katie too, she realised he had gained each titles.
“It was surreal,” she stated. “We’ve had a lot of success in BD and unaffiliated however there was one thing completely different about that day, and with the place he got here from in life, I actually felt he deserved it. It’s nearly unbelievable, remembering the place he was.”
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