Let’s Win had just finished competing in his first 1.30m show jumping competition in South Africa. Standing at the side of the arena in the shade of a tree, the strong, muscular horse watched what was going on around him with interest and heightened excitement. He reared up with a spurt of energy.
Before anyone realised what had happened, Let’s Win was lying on the floor, unresponsive and still, with blood trickling from his nose and ears.The vets agreed: Let’s Win had suffered a severe head injury from hitting his head on a branch of a tree as he reared up. His chances of survival were less than one percent.
Win’s rider immediately refused to allow him to be put down. On the advice of her own vets, she and some other riders managed to get him into a truck to be taken to a clinic where he could be observed. Upon arrival at the clinic, Win had another seizure. The swelling caused by the trauma to his head had made him temporarily blind. It appeared that he would have to remain in hospital for at least a month before his condition could be fully established. The outlook was grave.
Let’s Win’s natural instinct to fight took over. Within three days he was home. His rider undertook his regime of rehabilitation immediately, walking him both in hand and over trotting poles. The bond between horse and rider strengthened as they both recovered from the horror of the accident.
Today, Let’s Win is competing again - and is winning trophies. Named for the thrill of achievement and remaining true to his will to be the best, Win has proven that inner strength and conviction, supported by the love and interest of friends, can triumph against all odds.