Massive thanks go to -
(twitter usernames) @peonyc @torheardeventin @sarahrutter100 @annamgilbert @taranet @weebeegee @eventersmom @mdr_photo @k8mugs @amy__c @rivaddi @bmequestrian @maxavita @hbw69 @equigeek @trotonline @eurohorselinks @niagequissageuk @louisesj10 @hossequine @shoestringevent @rheafreeman @elcequestrian @hannah_hde @arosiec @airhorseone @ruggersequine @kirtsyhen @eapparel @pollson @henry_horse @amandaeckley @betheckley88 @nptonhorsewatch @0sweetcupake0 @hoskinseventing @natashafrancis1 @beventing @equiport @nickistrong @nikkis_horse @franceequestre @ukeventingblog @gmelodygardner @equinetraining @rutalndhorse @racehorsehoming @aimsmathieson @horsewardrobe @tw_eventing @ggeepr @beatlepayne @hurworthphotos @luciegoo @emcroc @lbarberriley, Fred and Rowena Cook. Those on facebook - Amelia Payne, Tor Heard, Lynn Stringer, Mel Watts, Natalie Cooper, Shannon Lawton, Freya Mckinley, Matt Illston, Heather Wyles, Arabella Spilman, Natasha Francis, Amy Croxton, Kate Sharpe, Jennie Sharpe, Hollie Wells, Jo Crawford, Rob & Janet Horton Smith, Lucy Gillingham, Charlotte Cooper, Samantha Hobbs, Jenny Parsons, Sophie Croxton, Anna Heath, Amy Marsden, Beccy Fitter, Sally Murphy, Laura Hurst, Mary Kate Humpreys, Laura White, Debs de Vries, Jordan Sinclair, Georgina Leithead, Sarah Jane Rutter, Cala Russell, Dan Needham, Equissage UK, Kirsty Shephard, Cat Brommell, Fox Saddlery, Izzy Beeston, Kirsten Hendry, Charley Butler, Lauren Causer, Bridget Winnington, France Equestre, Jo Bull, Lynda Croxton, Emma Winnington, Victoria Trafford, Michael Rogers, Emma Wadsworth, Joy Langley, Charlotte Metcalfe, Tracey Seal, Larissa Freer, Rhiannon Jenkins, Gail Prime, Amber Hoskins, Evison Equine, Mitchell Ludford Hryniw, Kerry Fowler. PHEW! That was a lot! (The annoying thing is I'm sure I've missed some).
I have had people not only in GB, but also in France, Germany, Belgium and America supporting and tweeting about myself and Indi, it's just incredible how horses can pull people together.
Some of these people also have been sending me lots of texts and emails to continue support, I'm truly so touched.
I also had a call from Rowena Cook, and Equissage, giving me advice on using the back pad to help Indi's recovery, increasing blood flow to her intestines and scar tissue to aid healing. Rowena spent quite a while on the phone to me, reassuring me and talking me through her past experiences with colic, which made me feel a lot better. We also went on to talk about ex racehorses, as Fred and Rowena have a lot of involvement in RoR and retraining their own, and clients horses for new careers. This ended with an invite for Fifi to go to a parade for ex racehorses at Doncaster races in September! She is going to be the eventing example, how exciting!
And obviously there are massive thanks to my parents, who managed to help me cope with Indi being ill, and helping me get her to and from the vets, and for generally being brilliantly supportive parents!!
And finally thank you so much to the vets at Chine House, and all the nurses there, they couldnt have been more helpful, and rang me whenever I wasn't there to keep me updated to how Indi was getting on. They looked after her perfectly and one of the nurses said "I don't know what you've done to her but she is so well behaved!" and she was shocked when I said what a brat she was as a foal and how she was a little madam when we first got her back home as a 2 year old. Every single person at Chine House said she was a pleasure to have in and she was so friendly, I was so glad she had behaved so well for them.
So the update on Indi for you, she is home, and was even allowed to come home a day earlier than planned as she improved so well and so quickly. She is on box rest for another 4 weeks, and then will have limited turnout built up to normal turnout in around 8 weeks. She is behaving very well but getting bored in her stable as she can only go out to graze for 15 minutes twice a day, although she is on normal hay rations now which is helpful. I've had a few suggestions from people who have had horses on box rest, on providing entertainment and I'm going to give them a try so fingers crossed they work! She is having her stitches out tomorrow, so thats another step in the right direction. She will be allowed to resume work in about 9 weeks from now, which will obviously be right at the end of October, and with us not having an arena, our ground will be starting to get wet then so I'll make a decision whether to leave her until after winter or not, nearer the time. I'd absolutely love to get her going and be able to take her hunting after new year but we'll have to see, it all depends on her health and basically what she feels ready to do. I'm so lucky that she has come through this so well so everyday with her is a bonus regardless of what she will do.
See below for a few pics of Indi and a video of her showing just how good she is.
My latest supporter MDR Photo is doing so much for me at the moment. He is trying to raise donations to pay for Indi's vets fees so that I can continue eventing off my own back. We've already had donations coming in and literally every penny counts so please take a look at his site. The wonderful Jo Hammond has also offered her brilliant services to help Indi, which can also be seen on Michael's site. She is a wonderful artist and her work is just stunning!
see http://www.mdr-photo.co.uk/helpforindi for more info...
I'll keep you posted on how Indi is doing, and of course how we get on at Winkburn, and the little bits inbetween! Ill be doing some jumping practice with bandi before that so I'll try and get that filmed for you to see.
I've started making videos to tell you a little bit more on each horse, Bandi's is now on the 2011 At Home gallery page, so feel free to take a look!
Many, many thanks for your support everyone.