2021 Platinum Performance
Horse Welfare Award Recipients

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2021 Honorable Mention

Explosive Cloud (Vander)
Official Name: Vander
Birth Year: 2014 Gender: Gelding. Breed: Thoroughbred


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Second Wind Thoroughbred Project
Vander was an accident-prone youngster. As a weanling, he was playing with other young horses, reared up and came down on the top of a fence post, and literally got stuck there! He now has slight thickening of the muscle right between his front legs. Despite that, he is a very lovely hunter-type mover. When he was a two year old, he was rolling near the fence, got his hind leg stuck under the bottom board, and ended up with a huge piece of wood splinter right through his gaskin. This required surgery to remove. The day he arrived at our farm, he cut his neck almost down to the jugular vein, and had many stitches. When he was just a four year old, he was teaching kids to jump x-rails, and he was amazing out on trails. He has a puppy dog personality, although he is big, lanky 17.1 hand guy. As a five year old he was diagnosed with EPM, and was successfully treated. This spring he got pasture-associated string halt and sporadic pharyngeal paralysis from a plant called False Dandelion. This poor, sweet gelding has had a hard time! He is on the mend now, and is currently on Magnesium, Vitamin E, and Thiamine. I am sure Platinum Performance products would really help him to heal faster and get back to being a wonderful hunter prospect.

Relationship of Nominator to Nominee
This horse was placed in our program 11/15/2017, as a two year old. -- Dayle Eldredge