FOR Equissage Pulse grade II winner Julie Payne, just reaching the championships with Divinity was an achievement in itself, being just weeks after the Don Frederico eight-year-old almost died from a mystery bacterial infection.
“I found him in his stable flat out on the floor – I thought he was dead,” explained Julie. “He didn’t move when I took his temperature, which was 42°C. We got him to the vets and they initially thought it was peritonitis. He was there a week, came home and then had to be rushed back for more IV antibiotics as he relapsed.”
Thankfully, Divinity recovered in time to make it to the nationals, scoring 67.01% to triumph.
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