Thanks you three!
Two months ago I posted about our 10yo gelding HRST Herzensglück, ridden by Tommy, who was just striking out bad luck in competitions. We've had the gigantic chestnut gelding with us since October 2016 and in exactly 20 shows he's been competed in - he earned only 33 points, placing only 5 times in the whole year (or better say - 3 ES years!). And earning 33 points in all his 10 years of his life.
The vet has been called out and several tests have been done to try and determine the if the cause is medical, or generally just what might be causing such bad performance in a horse stabled in top conditions and handled with maximum care. The journey to determine the source and the cause was a bit long, and we tried out a few treatments to try and improve it, but the final call has been made this Friday - Herz is to retire from competition and, depending on how the treatment will or won't go, from riding. He is suffering from a certain condition in his back which we are yet to determine if it's from an injury of some sort or if it is genetic. He has great lines and we got 3 saved straws that we bought with him when we got him, so if it is not genetic we might have a foal from him and sell the rest of the straws.
He has been photographed here leaving the competition grounds where our show jumpers are stabled, and he was then loaded on a trailer and sent via our headquarters in Ardorwen. There he will settle in his stall for some stall rest and will gradually be taken out for walks and eventually turnout. Tommy was extremely saddened by the outcome as he really hoped his buddy Herz would pull through and that they would be able to complete their journey towards Grand Prix. They actually reached 1.40m classes together, and we bought Herz when he was at 1.00m level.
He is a lovely, calm horse and was superbly behaved in competitions, so it's a shame