On August 1, 2011, April Renzella brought her Dutch Warmblood, Sambuca—better known as Tabor—to Tufts Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for an MRI after an injury. Just one day later, he underwent navicular bursa surgery on his left front hoof.
April brought Tabor, her 3’6″ equitation and Junior Hunter partner, back to college with her in the fall and spent the winter and spring rehabbing him. But, when he finally was ready for full work, Tabor came up lame once again—this time on his right front—and would again need surgery. “I spent the summer rehabbing him for a second time and by the following summer, he was jumping and winning in the 3′ hunters,” says April.
After a second stint of rehab for his left front hoof, last year, 14-year-old Tabor was able to go around the 2’6″ – 2’9″ ring with April happy and sound. “Although we are still working, Tabor is almost back to his old self and I can’t wait for him to finally accomplish all of the success he deserves,” says April of her former Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council Finals, New England Finals, Maclay Regionals, USEF Medal, and Junior Hunter Finals competitor.
“Tabor is an extremely special horse to me and my family. He has such a goofy personality and is a blast to ride. Although he is anything but easy, he has taught me so much and made me the rider I am today. I look at him as my teammate and we have worked and grown together to accomplish everything we have,” says April. “Looking back, I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else with Tabor and my family and I can’t thank everyone at Tufts enough for everything they have done with us.”