Affectionately known as "Secret".
March 1, 2008 - One day after arrival
Secret is the most recent horse to come in for rehabilitation. This lovely 1996 American Warmblood is a grandson of the Dutch Warmblood Art Deco on the top and Secretariat on the bottom. Beautifully bred, beautifully built, beautifully colored, he was a beautiful mover as a young horse. Secret was trained and shown through Second Level in dressage. He was put into the modern "rollkur" form and ridden with oversped haunches and neck rolled up with his chin to his chest. During the course of that training, Secret developed a mysterious lameness that was eventually diagnosed as navicular disease. Even though he did not show typical navicular syndrome symptoms, ex-rays showed minor navicular changes in one front foot. It was determined that he should be destroyed at the young age of 11. To their credit, his owners did not want to do that, so Secret was given to Relational Riding Academy in the hope that he might have a useful life.
I think we have been successful!
May 2010: Secret lengthens for Herr Bergener!