I bought Donner six years ago. He was 5, and I was retiring my previous four-star horse to the lower levels. I initially got Donner as a project.
He was a beautiful stamp of a horse, had a good canter and a good enough jump. He was wild, but the price was right so I figured I'd take the chance. Either he would turn out to be something for me in the future, or I'd put some work into him and sell him on if he didn’t turn out to be an upper level horse.
I definitely didn’t know he’d turn into the horse I have today. He was a good athlete and showed a lot of promise, but he was rather flighty and spooky—Donner is aptly nicknamed “the deer.” Some horses are the type that can fit into several disciplines, but Donner never seemed to fit perfectly into any one mold.
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Created: Sunday, 22 June 2014 19:52
Written by Leslie Mintz
A huge thanks to Martin Cohen of MDC Stirrups joining Lynn Symansky Equestrian as a sponsor. Lynn first started using MDC after her leg injury when she could not flex her ankle and needed extra support. She tried several different brands but the MDCs were miraculous, and thanks to MDC's support she will only be using MDC Stirrups from now on.
"I first used MDC stirrups when I needed to get back to competition quickly after I injured my leg from a fall on cross country. I could not flex my ankle, had very little stability, and needed extra support to be able to balance. I tried several different brands, but the MDCs were miraculous. I could position the stirrup exactly where I needed it, the extra width of the stirrup bar gave me extra support, and the traction was perfect. I will be wearing MDC stirrups from now on, and could have possibly prevented my fall in the first place if I had been wearing them." - Lynn