Since Largo’s mom needed to find ways to make riding easier on her knee she decided to see if Largo would enjoy doing some trail riding. Largo quickly made it clear that he had not ever spent any time on the trails and that he did not have any interest in starting. His mom said she could write a book with all of the ways Largo told her that he didn’t like going out on the trails. He probably made his biggest statement about trail riding when he ran backwards into a pond. Largo was heading down the trail when he took exception to something, and he began frantically running backwards. In his panic he forgot to check and see if anything was behind him and ended up running backwards into a pond. Needless to say the pond incident did nothing to improve Largo’s opinion of being out on the trails.
As Largo was letting his mom know that trail riding wasn’t something he wanted in his future he also began having some trouble with his teeth. One day his mom noticed his tongue was hanging out to the side with some swelling. An x-ray revealed that Largo had an abscess in a molar. The abscess was resolved with antibiotics but a few months later his tongue was out and a little swollen again. This time an infected incisor was the problem and the dentist pulled the tooth. After a few more incidents with his teeth it was apparent that Largo’s teeth were slowly starting to fail him and having a bit in his mouth was not going to be comfortable for him. Between her knee, Largo’s dislike of trail riding and his dental issues retirement seemed like the best choice for Largo.
Largo’s mom was never able to learn much about his life before she met him. She was told that he was ten at the time of purchase and that was the age put on the bill of sale. Since he had a Holsteiner brand she inquired about his papers and was told they would be sent to her. In all too common horse world shenanigans, she never received his papers despite repeated requests. After doing endless research she finally managed to track down his previous owner who told his mom that she had never had his papers either. We are confident that one of the reasons his papers were “lost” is because he was much older than represented at the time of his sale.
We met Largo four years ago when he joined us for retirement. Largo had about as easy of a transition as we could ever ask for. After he had been with us for a couple of weeks and was ready to join a group, he basically walked out and gave all of the horses a high five, ran around for a few minutes, and then he started grazing and that was the end of it. It was that simple.
Largo’s mom always made sure he had nothing but the best. Whatever we said Largo needed was exactly what Largo got. Because of his dental issues Largo had to come in and eat hay cube mash every day. We found that he was distressed about being separated from his friends even for a short while every day so Jason made him a pen right next to his pasture. He was able to go in his pen and happily eat his mash without feeling separated from the other horses.
His loss last week was very sudden. Despite the fact that we think he was about thirty years old it was also very unexpected. Thanks to his mom’s willingness to let us provide all of the extra care that he needed Largo looked amazing right up to his last day. Our vet was always surprised at how good Largo looked when he would look in his mouth and see how many teeth were missing. We can never thank his mom enough for always letting us have the resources we needed to keep Largo round, happy and healthy.
Although we miss Largo, it is comforting to know that he enjoyed every, single day that he had of retirement. As you can see from all of the pictures in this post I never had to work at taking pictures of Largo. He routinely showed us two very different sides of his personality. Sometimes he would act somewhat aloof with both people and horses. The aloofness appeared to be an act as, more often than not, I was taking pictures of him running, playing, grooming and generally constantly interacting with his pasture mates. Since two of his pasture mates, Bergie and Rampal, predeceased him, it is nice to think of them still enjoying their carefree times together.
Rest in peace Largo, we all miss you.