On Monday, August 18th, I noticed Starburst's Prime Tyme Z. was not interested in eating his morning hay and he had a slight pain line along his belly. Another horse needed to go to the vet clinic for a quick check so Prime was hauled too. Robynn Gabel, Prime's., owner went into the clinic and told them about his symptoms and soon Prime and I were surrounded by staff as they went to work drawing blood and checking all his vitals. Soon one of the vets came back with the blood results. Prime's red blood cell count was half of normal and his white blood cell count was extremely high. The vet told us later he looked at the horse and then at the blood results and they didn't match. Prime was in good flesh and bright instead of very thin and dull. We still are not sure what is going on inside Prime but the vets feel he has a case of internal strangles and also possibly an ulcer. They are treating him for both conditions and his blood work has improved to a normal white blood cell count and an increase in his red blood cell count. Whew!!!
I want to thank Robynn for allowing me to take more time to ride Prime this year. I'm honored that she has such trust in my ability to ride such a special horse like Prime and believes in me.
I have ridden a lot of Foxtrotters over the years but I have never ridden one that feels like Prime. He is built to move and he likes to move. One of my biggest challenges with him has been to get him to slow down. Robynn and I have decided that Prime is "Big Red's" (Secretariat) little brother since Prime has a racehorse's strong desire to run.