Omos Glori, better known as “Princess,” and Susan Crawford have completed over 4,300 trail hours of their 5,000-hour goal, having enrolled in the American Quarter Horse Association recreational riding program in October of 1998.
Susan and the 17-year-old Quarter Horse ride three to four days a week, and are members of the New England Arabian Trail Riding Association and Pomfret Horse and Trail Association. They are also proud volunteers for the Connecticut Horse Patrol, where they’ve logged over 450 patrol hours in Goodwin State Forest since 2011.
Princess had been exhibiting stiffness and pain in her front end, and with her 5,000-hour goal in mind, Susan called upon Dr. Alfredo Sanchez-Londoño of Tufts Ambulatory Service in Woodstock, Conn., to help. “We had a very detailed plan starting with shoeing modifications and saddle fitting. There had been some improvement but we thought there was more that could be done for her,” says Susan.
Following X-rays and an ultrasound, it was revealed that there were some abnormalities in two vertebra in her neck. “Dr. Sanchez and I made the decision to have her neck injected, and Dr. Sanchez made the arrangements to have it done at Tufts Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, where he could be there with us,” Susan says. “He has always gone the extra mile, and this was no exception.”
Princess has made remarkable improvement since her injections, even showing at the Tri-State Horse Show in July of 2014, where she and Susan placed in the ribbons in the Trail class.