For those of you that love horses, Richard Neumann, para-dressage rider, introduces us to his much loved first competition horse, Echo.
“Echo is 10 now has been retired for two years, he has degenerative bone disease in his hocks. We were at a training session when he didn’t feel right, had the vet out that day who scanned his right fore he had a splint fracture from playing in the field (that’s why they always wear boots now in the field) however after eight weeks of box rest we couldn’t get him sound had him scanned again and found the issue with his hocks, the next morning he coliced, so had an operation that day, he recovered well and now is enjoying his retirement, he was my first competition horse I got him as a foal ( picture attached) backed him and produced him with my coach, we competed and again were close to international honours when this happened, so the last few years have been a rollercoaster to say the least, Echo is an amazing horse had such extravagant paces and would have gone far, I sometimes read our old score sheets and it is such a shame – everyone thought he was a talent and such a gentleman.” (Richard Neumann)
For an additional bit of equine cheer, you are also treated to the happy sight of Richard’s current horse, Otto (left rump!), and his stable mate, Smartie, clearly great friends, enjoying some mutual grooming out in the field in their first outdoor session with rugs off.
We’re so grateful to Richard for sharing these gorgeous and heartwarming photos and videos.