For some of you this might come as a "shock". I haven't been active in quite a while, which has to do with me being in the USA ofcourse. But also because of Zara. Last weeks she was doing really bad. Most of you know she has been coughing for quite a long time, I tried my best, had several vets come over to check her, steamed hay, totally clean stables. Everything. But we still didn't trust it. Today we went back to the clinic for a total checkup from the inside. Her lungs seem fine, but she has a lot of mucus in her airways. After all the test it turns out she has "Equine Asthma", she is allergic to a lot of things, such as pollen. Us Dutchies know the weather has been super dry for the last months basically. Long story short: This is a chronic disease (she probably had it all her life, but now it gets worse), we will try to keep it under control through medication. If this won't work, I'm going to move her to a "retirement" place (24/7 outside).. where she can be a horse, no more dressage or jumping. That is just plain unfair. We are not there yet and maybe it will all be fine. We don't know. There is one note: I might be looking around for a 2nd horse to compete with. Zara will always stay with me, no matter what. The only thing I want for her is the best for her health and if that means retirement, she will retire. Only some small walks and tricktraining is fine for her when she retires. The reason I am thinking of retirement is because she has a traumatic history, I don't want to bother her too much with treatment/medication and so on. I thought to myself.. When is it enough? When do you decide to stop and let her be a horse instead of trying so hard to still do dressage because I want it? Her health is above all my ambitions.
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