Comeback Kids

Patience and perseverance are key for bringing off-track Thoroughbreds back from injuries sustained post-racing.
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Comeback Kids
Sheldon is back in the show ring after a long road to diagnosis and treatment of his kissing spines. | Photo: Sonya Weaver Photography, Courtesy Audrey Buoniconti

“How did my off-track Thoroughbred, who retired sound after a 51-race career, sustain a fracture while playing in the pasture on a random Friday afternoon?”

That was the question I asked as the veterinarian and I stood in the dark barn aisle, staring at the bone chip on the screen of the digital X-ray unit a few days after the swelling had gone down. Whatever had happened out in that pasture, it had left a nasty injury for us to manage.

My horse, It Happened Again, would need stall rest and, eventually, controlled exercise. And so began the arduous business of healing

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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