Distinctive Bay, known as Eddie in the barn, is a 2013 OTTB who only raced a total of 8 times before being retired due to being a ‘roarer’. Originally purchased to be a sales horse, Eddie quickly displayed all sorts of potential and talent.
Eddie was given the winter of 2016 off and started up in the spring as a lanky 4 year old. He came with us when we went down to North Carolina for a few weeks in the spring and did miles and miles of hacking and even began jumping a few tiny cross rails. He had an easy summer and fall learning how to be in work as an actual riding horse, before starting back up again in 2018. He once again went down with us to North Carolina to start his season at his first dressage show. However, late that spring and early that summer he struggled so immensely with ulcers he colliced. Helping him through the ulcers was a long process, but throughout this we started eventing at the entry level, winning the division for the National Capital Region. As I went off to university that fall, Eddie went to have surgery to help with his roaring. It was decided that instead of having the full tie-back surgery, they would remove one vocal chord to give him more breathing room without the intensity of a surgery.
Having struggled with ulcers, keeping shoes and weight on throughout the summer we worried about his layup, but a month prior we had found MadBarn and had started Eddie on Omneity and Visceral +. These proved to help so immensely that this year we added the Performance XL: Electrolytes and magnesium to his diet as well and he has thrived! Shoes have stayed on (knock on wood), soles are thicker and harder, ulcers have been kept at bay and he is an incredibly shiny and healthy horse. We moved up to pre-training at the beginning of the year and training halfway through the show season and this horse has been the best partner all the way through! Having just found out we won both of these divisions for the National Capital Region I could not be happier with how having MadBarn in his diet has helped Eddie perform at his very best and I’m excited to see where next year takes us!
October 29, 2019
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