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Ruth's Ride with Cyclo

Ruth's Ride with Cyclo

By: Alexis Arbaugh

Ruth couldn’t have been in a better position when looking for her first off-the-track Thoroughbred. Her experience as a volunteer at Circle A Home For Horses helped her immensely. She had adopted a few horses from the rescue in the past, providing them with loving homes and a chance for a better life. However, this time, Ruth had a specific goal in mind – she wanted to find her first off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB).

In the fall of 2022, a new arrival named Cyclo made his way to Circle A Home For Horses. After a lengthy trailer ride, he was brought to a round pen where he could finally stretch his legs and take a break from the confines of the journey. As soon as he was released into the pen Cyclo burst into action. He went wild, leaping, and bucking Lipizzaner style into the air, his movements were wild and spirited. Ruth had seen many horses with diverse personalities and behaviors, but Cyclo’s display of athleticism and freedom in that round pen was something truly special. Ruth couldn’t help but be moved by Cyclo’s display because she had never seen anything so graceful and spirited.

Ruth’s love for Cyclo was instantaneous, it was clear that there was a unique connection between them, and she felt a deep bond with this remarkable horse. Her affection for Cyclo only grew stronger with each passing day. After finishing her shifts at Circle A Home For Horses, Ruth would make sure to spend quality time with him in the pasture, dedicating 45 minutes to an hour of her time to be with him in his pasture.

Before long, Ruth made the decision to adopt Cyclo. She knew in her heart that he was the horse she had been searching for, and she wanted to provide him with a forever home.

Now on Ruth’s farm, Cyclo is the boss at home and oversees his 4 pasture mates. Taking his job very seriously, he keeps everyone in line and out of trouble.

Unfortunately, Cyclo has been diagnosed with Equine Wobblers and sticky stifles and should not be in training. Wobbler syndrome, also known as cervical vertebral malformation (CVM), is a serious and often devastating disease that can impact a horse’s neurological and musculoskeletal systems. This condition arises due to structural abnormalities in the horse’s cervical vertebrae, leading to the narrowing of the spinal canal. The compression of the spinal cord interferes with the normal functioning of the nervous system and can lead to varying degrees of impairment, making it a challenging condition to manage.

The stifles of horses have a neat ability to “lock” in place to allow for the horse to sleep while standing up without expending too much energy to keep their legs in a stable position.  When this happens, the horse may have difficulty moving forward, and it can lead to a condition known as “sticky stifles.” Sticky stifles can occur for various reasons, such as muscle imbalances or weakness, conformational issues, or other underlying factors.

Ruth still will ride Cyclo bareback on the trails or in their neighborhood to help with his movement and not allowing his muscles and joints to get too stiff. Her future goals with Cyclo are to walk everywhere they can. He loves going to new places, seeing new things, and getting attention from everyone they see along the way. Ruth would love to take him to the beach one day, she knows that Cyclo would absolutely love it!



Check out Ruth’s other horse from Circle A Home For Horses, Don Ramon here:

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