Cuervo was owned by a party who endurance raced him - he badly bowed his tendon, and after a month
during which they left him in his stall, without even changing his bandage, they weren't willing to continue with the necessary lay-up and therapy. They asked the vet to kill him.
Shannon riding Cuervo Gold with Mike leading
Luckily that vet talked them into giving Cuervo to him for recovery and placement. His assistant paid for his keep until she could
find him a home. Cuervo arrived at The Golden Carrot 2 months after his injury. The fungus which had developed under his leg wrap in the first month had almost cleared up but his leg was still
grossly swollen, and the rest of him was thin and without any gleam of health.
Dr. Woods injected cortisone to bring down the swelling, had us put on shoes to support the tendon, gel cast him for 72 hours and
after a year's layup, this guy doesn't know he's ever been hurt.
I'm sure he'd have trouble with endurance riding, or jumping anything over 3 feet, but up to that level, he's great!
Easy to handle on the ground, a little excitable under saddle but gets better the more he's worked, like a lot of Arabs. He had a recent abscess in a rear hoof but has recovered enough to put me through
my paces when I rode him last. What a brat!