Cincinatti (aka Wilson) has qualified for the 2010 Young horse nationals for 4yo's. He has also competed and placed in his 1st official dressage test with owner Lucy Lowe of Geraldton W.A with a score of 61.6%
This photo is of Wilson at his 1st show where he won:
1st Warmblood Gelding, Reserve Champion Warmblood, Best presented Exhibit, 1st Palomino Gelding, Supreme Champion Palomino, Best Conformed Dilute, 2nd Coat Colour
February 7 2009 bushfire
My dad has always said our fire danger would come from a Nth Westerly direction. From Stanley-Beechworth way. And that is exactly where it started on February 7th this year.
What an absolute shocker of a day. Still 48 degrees at midnight.
Extremely high winds and a faulty electricity wire were to be a deadly combination for both man and beast.
2 people died, 15 houses and countless sheds destroyed and Over 240 cattle lost to the inferno here in the Nth East of Victoria.
My partner Attila and l at Martilla Sport Horses consider ourselves very fortunate that we had only 1 injury, albeit to a very important member of our farm. Our Warmblood Buckskin Stallion Martilla Barabas went through 2 fences that caused 2 large bone chips to his knee and a cracked bridge of his nose. He now has a permanently crooked nose and because of the bone chips still cannot bend his leg enough to lie down. The vets tell me the bone chips are inoperable as the leg would become to unstable to hold him up if they were removed.
Barabas resided about a km up the road. Right under the hills that divide Mudgegonga from the Myrtleford/Barwidgee Crk area.
As he is South of us l assumed the fire would hit us first but as it turned out the winds were so strong the fire was throwing sparks 4km ahead of itself and those hills were up in flames before us.
As we have open paddocks around us l decided to go get Barabas and bring him home.
So we raced to put the float on and charged up the road to grab him.
As we drove up to his paddock along the road l could see him galloping around. I could here him calling to us as we pulled up and he came straight to the gate. The wind was so strong we actually had trouble opening the tailgate. Barabas, the trusting soul that he is, loaded perfectly in the extreme wind with only the light from the fire on the hills around us to show him the way in. (It was after midnight by this stage)
As we have not long moved here our infrastructure is not complete and our yards are not yet finished, so we had no choice but to let him out in an open paddock that he did not know. So we had to lead him across one paddock and into another.
I let him go and was running about half way back to the house when l heard him neighing again and when l looked back his paddock was already burning.
I did wonder than if I was actually going to make it back. Thankfully it was still a Nth wind at the house where as at barabas’s paddock it was a straight West wind even though it was only 300mt away. The wind was that unpredictable. From there, to the west of me l could also see my sisters hay shed in flames.
As soon as we got to the house l grabbed the hoses and started hosing the grass as it started burning around the house. Attila headed for the shed with a bucket and wet towels, where our tractor, milled timber and our chooks resided.
Unfortunately he couldn’t save our 50 home grown silage bales and we lost all our grass, but we do still have our house, sheds and water tanks.
It was about 4.00am before we could start to relax and take a bit of a look around. I noticed 3 horses in a paddock where there should have been 2 and recognized Barabas. He had to go through 2 fences to get where he was. When l walked down to him with my torch l could hear him before l could see him properly.
His nose was swollen and bleeding and his breath was rasping in his half blocked nostrils. It was found later that he had broken the bridge of his nose.
In the torch light l could see his legs singed, his mane and tail were all singed and stuck together like he had dreadlocks. Even the inside of his ears were singed. He had no whiskers left but worst of all his nose was burnt and very stiff and hard to touch, even inside his nose.
There wasn’t much l could do for him right then accept to lead him down to the dam and stand him in the water. I splashed water on his nose. We couldn’t take him anywhere as the roads were blocked.
When daylight came l found some Aloe Vera Gel and smothered his nose with that. It must have given instant relief as he allowed me to put it right up inside his nostrils.
I took him up to the house to hose him off and the water that ran off him was red. His nose still had a constant trickle of blood which would continue for the next 3 days.
I took him up to Dads place as his yards were not burned. (If only l new that the night before).
I was starting to wonder if l had done the right thing shifting him in the middle of the night with a fire on our tail, so l decided to go up and have a look at his old paddock.
I counted 10 dead cows in and around his paddock. Some caught up in the wires in the fence
After seeing that l was very glad l had shifted him as it was so much hotter up there than it was at home. If he hadn’t gone through the fences he wouldn’t have got hurt at all as no other animals on our place were hurt. We had put our animals in the paddocks with the shortest grass and they all managed to dodge the flames.
It took about 4 days for all the burnt skin to slew away from around his lips and nose. Even from the inside of his nose. l used 2 bottles of aloe Vera Gel with a bit of colloidal Silver mixed in, each day on his nose for that first week and it did seem to heal very quick. After 9 days up at dads l brought him back to our place and put him in a safe paddock. And watched him gallop madly around checking things out and enjoying his new found freedom.
As the swelling in his left knee still hadn’t gone down l decided to get it x-rayed and was a bit shocked to see the size of the chips at the back of his knee. How could a horse be so quick and agile with chips that big in his leg? He is barely even lame yet he can’t bend his leg enough to lie down. The vets tell me he will most likely find a way to lay down eventually.
In the first few weeks he did a lot of walking and wouldn’t settle at all. I have just finished my level 2 ET massage course and that has really helped calm his freyed nerves. He has put on weight and is much happier in himself.
I’m hoping the worst is behind us, that his leg will come good and that he finds a way to lie down.
3 mths after his ordeal He has finally worked out how to lay down by keeping his left leg out in front and not kneeling on it.
12mths on and his mane and tail have grown back and the only reminders of his ordeal is a crooked nose and a lump on his knee. There is no lameness at all and he can bend his knee now with no pain.
Photo taken before hoseing down Feb' 8
His nose had to be washed before a new lot of Aloe Vera and Colloidal Silver could be applied.
Thank goodness for "Bute"
Barabas back home again 9 days after the fires. Who would think he has 2 big bone chips in his knee.
The X-rays were taken about a week later when the swelling had left most other parts of his body but not his knee.
You just can't keep a good horse down!