Last week, on a beautiful afternoon, I took a five minute journey to a yard just down the road from me, to meet Gemma and her boys, Mozart and Bob at Dukes Farm, in Roxwell.
The shoot was primarily for Mozart, as when Gemma booked with me, his future was looking particularly unstable.
‘Millwood Mozart’ is a very dapper twenty-three year-old Belgium Warmblood cross Thoroughbred. Gemma has been riding him for twelve years, but came to own him nine years ago when his previous owner sadly passed away and left him to Gemma.
The pair have done all kinds of riding club activities together, tried their hand at three day eventing, competed in the dressage Trailblazers Championships, finishing fourth, given dressage to music a go and are now hoping to go on to British Dressage veterans. If he can stay sound…
You, see this is where the problem lies. Poor Mozart has been struggling with a degenerative stifle condition and has often been unsound behind. To add insult to injury (quite literally) he also suffered a suspensory injury over winter.
Gemma said that when she first got in touch she really wasn’t very optimistic for him and thought this might be a goodbye shoot. However, she has since explored the option of a biomechanical approach to flatwork and has discovered a bespoke joint supplement. Hand in hand, these new ideas seem to doing the trick so far and Mozart is doing well.
However, Gemma says that if he does continue to struggle and these new methods stop working as well as they are now, she won’t put him through any more struggle. Fingers tightly crossed for onwards and upwards.
I can’t end this write-up without a little mention of Bob the cob. ‘Two Bob’ (because he was purchased for 10p) is a twenty year-old, coloured, show cob and Gemma has owned him since he was three. He and Gemma have done their fair share of showing together but he was quite happy to hand the spotlight over to his buddy, Mozart, on this occaision.
Thank you to Gemma, for having me. I’m glad we got such a beautiful afternoon, even if it was a little chilly and breezy. Wishing you all the very best for your beautiful boy, from here on out. Here’s hoping he’s turned a corner and continues to improve.
Now booking for Spring and Summer 2017.