It's official. This dude has retired from endurance races.
It was a tough decision, but I do not want him to break down because he can't recover as well since he is older and I am overriding him. I would much rather he stay sound for riding recreationally.
I decided to wait until fall of 2020 to decide if I want to buy another horse to compete. There is a good chance we will start spending our entire summer out West, so it's hard to justify another horse when we will spend so much time doing other things, and I've got a husband who is completely on board with river running...
He's going to be damn near impossible to replace. He's such a gentleman--everything about him is easy and effortless and he makes it look so good.
Briggy's pasture mate is a 25 year old gelding with a suspensory injury that never resolved itself, so his owner only hops on for ten minutes and rides him in the ring.
I offered to let her ride Brig this summer. I am gone almost all of August and once I return from the OBX the first assignments are due for my college class. Last year they averaged 30 pages each, so that'll take me awhile.
It'll be good to have a second pair of eyes on him for ticks and injuries, even tho Dave is wicked conscientious.
Anne rode him for the first time Monday. Fun to see someone else ride him!