Herzruf’s Erbe Out for another Year With Recurring Injury

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The 2009 competition in Aachen, Germany, where Herzruf's Erbe went lame, showing Ulla Salzgeber looking at the horse's right hind leg. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Herzruf’s Erbe will be turned out for another year of recovery, Ulla Salzgeber announced Wednesday just days after a successful return to the show ring.

The German Olympian said her 13-year-old Rheinlander gelding (Herzruf x Charisma Caletto I) had repeated health problems ever since an injury at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, in 2009.

“It was never something dramatic and always something different,” she said of the injuries that have kept the horse from having a chance to compete for a place on German teams since then, including this year’s Olympics. The pair’s greatest success was a third place at the 2011 World Cup in Leipzig, Germany.

“But it is almost as if Herzi with his head and body just does not want to be a sport horse, though he is still one of the best horses in the world.”

Ulla and Herzi, as she called the horse, won both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle at the inaugural Peterhof Dressur Gala CDI4* in Perl-Borg last weekend, their first competition in six months.

She said that Herzi will go to Hungary for a year of repatriation in a field with Rusty, the horse on whom she won four Olympic medals, two world championships as well as two World Cup Finals.