God Gave Me You For The Ups and Downs
 By Equitate Acres   •   6th Nov 2011   •   2,443 views   •   9 comments
As you guys may have read in my last story, Chuck is a very special horse. We have been through everything together.

Me and ChuckI got chuck from a girl that was going off to college and didn’t really have time for a horse. She definitely didn’t want to see Chuck go. I got him on October 31st, 2008 through a Saddlebred auction. You can read about that day in a previous story. The winter after we bought chuck was probably the best winter I have ever had. I was out at the barn every day after school and all day on the weekends. My whole life revolved around Chuck. We worked our butts off practicing for the upcoming show season.

The 2009 academy show season quickly approached and our first show was in Iowa. The academy is for kids that have just started showing or don’t have the money or a horse to compete against show horses at “A” shows. Once you leave academy and show against the show horses you can’t show in academy again. At this time I have been showing for 5 years. I was really nervous and it felt like this was my first show ever. At this show my mom let me show without a helmet for the first time ever. She is definitely the worry wart in the family and for her to trust Chuck and my riding abilities enough to let me show without a helmet is a really big deal. We ended up winning both of our classes and got 3 amazing pictures.

That next Christmas I got a show suit to show in “A” shows and leave academy. I was really excited but that meant a lot more work to get Chuck ready to compete against some really nice horses. Chuck was an amazing show horse before we got him and still is. It wasn’t him that lacked the experience, it was me.

For our first show season showing in out of academy, I showed in 13 and under country pleasure. We did really well. We may not have won every class but we both had a great time. We were having a great show season and decided to go to one last show and it happened to be on my birthday. I invited all of my family to come and watch and to eat some birthday cake. I ended up not showing at all because chuck was sore and we came home during the middle of the 3 day show.

For the next three months we couldn’t figure out what was wrong with Chuck or why he was acting sore. We took him to three different vets and drove all over Wisconsin. Finally one vet told us that we should go down to Rood and Riddle. It is one of the best Horse Clinics in the US and is located in Kentucky.

Rood and Riddle Vet

The next week we drove down to Kentucky to have a body scan done on chuck. It showed us where chuck may be sore. It turns out that chuck tore his suspensory ligament in his right ankle. I was very upset that day to know what had happened, but very grateful that they found the cause. The vet told us that hand walking and shock wave therapy would heal chuck and he would almost make a full recovery. I hand walked Chuck for over nine months for twnety minutes each day. The days moved by really slow but without those long days of crying in his stall wishing he would just magically get better I don’t think that the bond between Chuck and I would be as strong as it is today.

Once chuck healed he went down to training almost three hours away. With him being that far away I could only see him once a week. While he was in training I started going to a new school. It was really hard to be that far away from Chuck during that time. Chuck was always my “comfort blanket.” He was with me through everything.

That next show season we had qualified for the World show and before I knew it I was showing on the green shavings. The World show was in Louisville Kentucky and was part of the Kentucky State Fair. Chuck and I got two tenth place votes and had the time of our life. While I was showing my mom was in the stands crying with Chuck’s old owners were right next to her. It was a dream come true. I wouldn’t have wanted to be there on any other horse besides Chuck.

My life with chuck has definitely been an emotional roller coaster but I wouldn’t change any bit of it. I'm so proud of my horse and so thankful to have him in my life. I have no clue what my life would be like without Chuck. He is my best friend, a great listener, and the one I want to see after a bad day.
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The same thing happened to my horse
Glad to know he got better
  Nov 6, 2011  •  1,627 views
So glad your horse is okay! Really nice story!
  Nov 6, 2011  •  1,620 views
All That Jazz  
Glad to hear he's all better!
  Nov 6, 2011  •  1,596 views
Thats great that you guys qualified for the world show !!
  Nov 7, 2011  •  1,626 views
RoyalCrownEstates  MOD 
Glad things turned out ok, Defenitely a roller coaster of emotions lol,
but that is what makes your adventure what is , and makes it special,
one you will never forget and chersih forever.
  Nov 7, 2011  •  1,623 views
I always wear a helmet:S
  Nov 7, 2011  •  1,590 views
Seven Sins  
very good story
  Nov 15, 2011  •  1,610 views
Deep as Rhubarb  
Glad that he got better!
  Nov 20, 2011  •  1,600 views
so glad he is better
  Jul 8, 2012  •  1,597 views
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