Jump born in 2008 and she is 168 cm.
We got Amaze when she was 1,5 years old. She has a fine pedigree and we bought her to get me a hopefully really good jumping horse.
When she was 3,5 years old, we started training her. I came up sitting on her twice and she was so cute and easy.
Amaze gets an injury
One evening we came home and must have the horses in from the fold. We discover that Amaze is very lame. She has a slight scratch just below her shoulder. We think it must be from a kick that makes her so lame and in a few days shes a little better, but she is still lame. 14 days after it happened her shoulder muscle on the left side starts to fade in and after three weeks there is a hole where the muscle has otherwise been. The vet says the nerve to the shoulder muscle has been broken and that the nerves would have to find new ways. Her shoulder muscle would come back within 6 months. Otherwise it would probably never come back.
We give Amaze peace on the fold. It was no good trying to train her. She was lame walking, could not lead the left front leg as far forward as the right and the saddle would lie quite crooked at her because there was so much difference between the shoulder muscles. After 6 months, the muscle still hasn't come back and we begin to lose hope, but she is so happy, so we are not considering to put her down.
The shoulder muscle begins to develop
As a XNUMX-year-old we can ride Amaze, and as a six-year-old I begin to jump with her, but she does not develop as expected. She begins to spike during the daily training and begins to get pretty violent and ends up trying to throw me off. I suspect that something is seriously wrong and think it's shoulder.
We begin riding Amaze
As 5's year, Amaze is dressed and as a 6 year I start jumping with her, but she does not develop as expected. She begins to fight against during the daily training and begins to get pretty violent and ends up trying to throw away. I suspect something is seriously wrong and think it's the shoulder.
Something is still wrong
The year shes turning 7, we take her to a great horse clinic to have her thoroughly studied. They find out that there is some wear in the left hock, which they think could well giving problems riding her. They also scan the shoulder but find nothing abnormal there. I ask them why she looks as if she is hollow just behind the wither, but they think this is because at the time she is too thick and it will look different if she loses weight. Amaze gets a injection in the hock and must have a little peace afterwards and then we start on retrain her. To start with, she works better, but then it's as if it turns again. She does not work in a clear beat, she looks a little lame and is very hard to get to work forward.
We get a vet to take x-rays of the whole horse, now we will know what it is. It turns to the vertebraes in the saddle area and especially right behind the mane sits very close. The vet thinks that it is the reason why she has given us the problems. He doesn't think she can be a riding horse and does not recommend spending time and money on operating, as there are the other injuries too.
Amaze retires as a 7 year old
As she still is very happy in the field and in the barn, we will not put her down, but decides to retire her. This is done in 2015.
Art2Ride/Classical Foundation Training
In March 2016, I decide to start all the horses according to Art2ride, classical Foundation training, and also start Amaze. The first time she drags the hind hooves across the ground when I am lunging, she is very hard to get to work forward and the same goes for the work in Hand (wih). However, she is fairly fast stretching. She has always like "flipped the right way". There are little progress all the time, but it is slow. About every two months I try to ride her and she tries at least not to throw me off. After about 1 year of primary training from the ground I begin to ride her in walk a few times a month.
I trot Amaze
In May 2017 I try to trot her And to my great surprise she goes in to trot without trying to throw me off first. However, she can only trot with the mule almost in the ground. When she lifts her head she becomes irregular and unsure. I get so surprised so I actually begin to cry. I confess that I didn't know that it meant so much to me, but it affected me really much. There I knew that all the training from the ground had been paying off and I was quite sure that this project would succeed.
Subsequently, I ride her only a bit and mainly in walk as I don't fee l the saddles are optimal.
As I got a better saddle for her 8. On July 2017 I begin to ride her more regularly, first in walk and now also in trot. I shall no longer drive on her all the time. She also doesn't have to go with the mule in the ground to keep the beat. She develops tremendously much these days. I will in the near future get some video with her and show it in the blog. Shes now so happy at work. Her back begins to lift just behind the wither and I don't think there goes a long time before she will have an almost straight back. And I who thought she was "built" downhill.
Got many warnings
But basically it is about me having trained her wrong. I got many warnings along the way. For example, I had many problems with the saddle slipped forward, rubbed her behind the shoulders. It really felt like you were about to fall forward when you sat on her. She would be very reluctant to move forward. She started looking a lot. I got so many warnings and yet she should try to throw me off before I understood the seriousness. I have so bad conscience, but she has taught me the lesson.
Anything is possible
Amaze has convinced me that almost everything is possible if you have the patience and heart of what you do. I never ignore the small warnings that can come along the way and I can thank her for that. I am today convinced that, against all odds, she ends up becoming my dream horse. Probably not in jumping, but it does not matter. She is a great pleasure to go out and work with. We probably have a few years ahead of us before her back is built all the way up, but the biggest hurdles are done.
My motivation for continuing with Amaze is clearly to see how her back starts to lift more and more. It's great to see how to shape a horse's building and musculature through training. If you keep an eye on all the small details and improvements, then the road towards the goal is not boring at all.