Berkeley - Andalusian x TB
I have had Barks since he was 5yo he is now 10. He is possibly one of the trickiest horses i have ever ridden due to his intelligence however also possibly one of the most talented. He is brave as a lion out hacking but has had a few issues with the school.
When I first got him Barks had mild kissing spine, we opted for the operation as he was becoming increasingly dangerous to ride (ending with hurling me over the fence of the arena one evening). Although his kissing spine was only mild the operation was the best thing I could have done for him as he came back much happier and relaxed.
Unfortunately the following year, after a lovely time at the South West Iberian show, he threw himself off the back of the horsebox ending up with a large cut on his ront fetlock and a suspensory injury. He hasn't cantered well ever since. This has affected him for some time and he spent a week at B&W Equine vets having extensive diagnostics. As there was nothing particularly conclusive we are now focussing on building him as strong as possible before working on the canter again. He is stil work in progress however this year has changed shape massively and is looking like an adult horse finally.