Santa’s Keeper Suffers Leg Injury at Ocala Horse Trials

Buck Davidson and Santa's Keeper at Bromont. Photo by Jenni Autry. Buck Davidson and Santa's Keeper at Bromont. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Buck Davidson just notified us that Santa’s Keeper suffered a leg injury following the show jumping at Ocala Horse Properties January Horse Trials on Saturday.  “Simon pulled up perfectly after show jumping but then seemed a little stiff in his right hind back at the trailer,” Buck said. “We don’t really know what’s happened. There are no fractures. It seemed like he might have pulled a muscle, but the swelling is unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Due to the severity of the swelling, Dr. Nathan Mitts has advised Buck to keep the barn very quiet in order to encourage Simon to lay down and rest the leg. “We have determined that it is in his best interest to remain in his own stall and in a quiet environment while he receives veterinary care,” Dr. Mitts said. “We thank everyone for their understanding in our decision to limit the training activity in and around Simon’s barn until he is more stable.”

Buck said he is currently not teaching lessons at his farm in order to comply with Dr. Mitts’ orders. “It’s not that my barn is closed; we’re just trying to keep it quiet,” Buck said. The EN team sends our best wishes to Simon for a speedy recovery. We’ll continue to keep you updated on the horse’s status. Go Simon.

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