Ken was riding at Kingston years ago, and then in November 2013 he brought in his horse El Cid for part-livery under the care of the professional grooms at the centre. Please watch the short video of the two in the park, then read Ken’s kind words below.
El Cid at Kingston Riding Centre
El Cid my Irish cob just turned nineteen came to Kingston in November 2013 having survived an outbreak of strangles at his previous livery, initially he came in for a three month trial period. When he was nine, after repeated illness he went down with severe sand colic and had a major operation to remove half a dustbin full of compacted sand from his stomach. Having survived these two life threatening traumas it was desirable to avoid any future problem situations. One initial concern was the inability for the first time in his life not to have access to any green field turnout. However he adapted so well and readily to his new conditions that we were delighted to make his livery permanent in March.
He quickly became used to the high level of activity in Richmond Park, and a routine of four days of hacking each week has been established. Early doubts about possible limitations of the variety of riding routes were soon dispelled. With “off track” riding a whole new range of enjoyable rides in picturesque settings has opened up. Thanks to the excellent in-door school facility, for the first time in his life not a single day of winter riding was missed. The ménage was always available throughout the very wet months of last December to April, even at short notice, and, Cid enjoyed the change in routine.
Riding in Richmond Park is quite demanding. Not a lot of time to relax, to be on alert is a must. Cyclists can come careering down the two downhill sections of riding track, and sometimes dogs are unfriendly. To cope with the latter that are not well behaved, due to lack of owner control, Cid and I stop and face the dog. If it moves round we spin to keep it in front of us and if that fails I say “ok Cid go for it“ whereupon he responds by stepping smartly towards the offender which usually runs off barking and tail between its legs.
After his first half year at Kingston thanks to the high level of care and attention he receives from his great care team and friendly staff Cid is now completely relaxed, and, probably the happiest he has ever been, and he shows his contentment by “talking” to most anyone. His present dry lifestyle has enabled us to almost eliminate his previous regular attacks of painful mud sores to the fetlocks and the usual “cobby” knee problems. In the beginning he lost a little weight but Anita suggested an extra daily feed and this has done the trick so well I may need to enrol him with Weightwatchers!!.
So, long may, Cid continue to enjoy his time in Kingston Riding Centre, he blends in well with his newly painted black and white surroundings. He thrives on the nibbles and cuddles he gets from all the staff. We wanted the best in life for him as he grows older; we have probably found it here.