Apache Too

2015 gelding by The Apache out of Too Much Fun (Admire Main (JPN))
Bred & owned by Winston Chow (HK)

TIMELINE..

05-03-2020 Apache Too pulled up a bit stiff and sore in the hind section after his race on Fri night and post-race assessments by the Vet, Chiro and Physio have found nothing specific or red flaggable. He’s fresh and active a few days on (see video) and will now continue with therapy on the farm, combined with rest until he’s fluid smooth.

 


28-02-2020Apache Too goes handy from a wide draw, travelling sweetly all the way until the home straight where he fails to respond favourably when asked. He had an interrupted prep and was short on work so it was expected that he was likely to tire late, and on top the race was run in pouring rain on a waterlogged polytrack, which may have also contributed to his lack of finish. 

31-01-2020 Apache Too has been scratched from racing on Sunday as a precautionary measure due to his jockey reporting him ‘not feeling right behind’  details below..

Looking all clear on cursory trotting test under saddle. He’s never shown any signs of unsoundness here in KZN, however the Stipes’ reports for both his last 2 races in JHB (prior to arrival), state ‘not striding out’ amongst other things, so we’ve been on the constant lookout for any hint of trouble. Personally I’ve noticed no changes but after receiving the jockey’s trackwork feedback of ‘not right behind’, we got the vet in to take a look. He’s found that A2 is a bit tight behind and suspects the sacroiliac but is not sure. Treatment has commenced with instructions to handwalk him for 2 days and then into light work from Monday to Friday next week when he will get a follow up examination.

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After further discussions with the vet, I did some light research and this online quote sums things up..

“Given the forces that the sacroiliac handles day in and day out, it’s not unusual for horses to develop SI (sacroiliac) pain. The trick is recognizing the problem: SI injuries are notoriously hard to pin down. Sometimes the signs are apparent only when your horse is ridden and felt only from the saddle. Horses with SI problems may not look lame, even to a skilled observer, but they often feel worse to a rider.”

Getting back to our local vet in attendance, I posed this question to him.. “where is the line drawn between a horse’s natural action, and being unsound/stiff etc. Is it a grey area or clear cut?”

Answer :

That can be difficult to determine without knowing the horse for a long time. Usually you need to look at the horse/treat/block etc multiple times to determine if there is a problem or that is just how the horse is

He also stated,

“He (Apache Too) is not unsound/lame as such. He probably has a chronic injury that needs treatment/management. As we don’t know the history we are starting from scratch”

NHRA reports for Apache Too’s last 2 runs in JHB. It’s probably safe to assume here that he wasn’t sent into these races with a known problem, and the issue was only picked up during and/or after the races. And since it happened twice in a row, he probably presented as sound inbetween and going into both of them too.


29-01-2020 Apache Too on his way to work with Apache Free and Wei Yi


29-01-2020 Walking (see video above)


29-01-2020 Poly canter past


24-01-2020 New arrival from JHB on Xmas eve. Given a short break (2 weeks) to freshen up and settle into the new surrounds and lifestyle. Back in work and will be stepping out to test the waters at Greyville shortly.


24-01-2020 Warming up on the poly

Apache Too on his toes

APACHE TOO heading back home on his toes after some light exercise this morning.

Posted by Racehorse Traders on Thursday, 23 January 2020