The Team Roping Journal

Deal-breaker or heartbreaker


The Florida rancher who hits all of America’s biggest team roping jackpots bought a once-in-a-lifetime 7-year-old gelding last year over the phone. She had a local vet send x-rays and flexion-test videos to her dad, who is a vet. The head horse passed and was sent to her Florida ranch.

“I won $7,500 on him the first week I hauled him,” she recalled. “The following week, he was still totally sound. Dad was here at the house on his annual visit to go through all my horses. He said, ‘There’s no need to check the new horse—he’s the soundest horse on your place.’ But we flexed him anyway and oh my gosh.”

The horse had an old injury; a torn hind suspensory ligament. Luke proceeded to spend upwards of $10,000 on shock wave therapy, PRP, stem cell injections, laser therapy and sent the horse to a rehab facility—only to have the staff call tearfully to report that his good suspensory in that

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