A pony who was discovered with a severed tendon and crawling with lice at about six months outdated has this month received the prelim gold and general cob titles on the British Dressage Related Championships.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 the beginning of his life.
Katie informed 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 had been apparent, and there was blood on his hind leg. It didn’t look too dangerous till it was clipped however the extensor tendon was utterly severed. He was standing along with his head pressed towards the wall, and I believed I’d by no means sen such a depressed horse.”
Minty’s case was mentioned and it was recommended that the kindest possibility may be to place him down.
“It might have been troublesome to rehome him as he was so younger and with a extreme harm that wanted day by day care,” Katie stated. “Who was going to need to take him along with his harm, and pay for it? However I’d been taking care of him every single 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 suppose I’m barking however why don’t we rehome him?’” she stated. “I feel my dad was considering 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 acquired it however each horse we’ve had has labored out.”
Katie spoke to all the proper individuals, who had been glad for her to take Minty.
“Everybody was very clear it was an extended shot, which is the place his identify got here from,” she stated. “Associates would say ‘Katie, that’s an extended shot; you may find yourself with a beautiful pony otherwise you may be heartbroken’ however I stated ‘I’ll give it a go’. And inside a fortnight, it was evident he needed to stay.”
After in depth relaxation and therapy, Minty joined Katie’s different horses, and buddied up with Katie’s teen Wally.
“He walked as much as Wally doing his little child chatter and put his head below 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 along 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 fearful of people, however he’s stunning”. He ultimately matured at 14hh, which meant she may experience 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 displaying, however had “no nice ambitions” on this space.
“I do dressage with my others however he’s a standard 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 believed ‘Too proper he can’!
“There’s a lot you are able to do, then British Dressage introduced out the related championships and I believed that was a wonderful 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 number of prelim assessments, 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 take a look at, I used to be strolling spherical making an attempt 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 acquired this’.
“My husband stated afterwards that he’d aced it, it was the perfect take a look at he’d ever performed and I used to be saying ‘Cease it, his 12 months will probably be subsequent 12 months’.”
There was confusion over the scores however within the presentation, when sashes had been put not solely on Minty however on Katie too, she realised he had received each titles.
“It was surreal,” she stated. “We’ve had plenty 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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