How Old Rosebud Was Brought Back: Interesting Statement by His Trainer Concerning the Horses Cure by Dame Nature, Daily Racing Form, 1917-07-22


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HOW OLD ROSEBUD WAS BROUGHT BACK. Interesting Statement By His Trainer Concerning the Horses Curo by Damo Nature. Detroit, Mich., July 20, 1917. Daily Racing Form Dear Sirs: A number of articles have been published recently giving accounts of Old Rosebuds comeback. All have failed to state correctly where and with whom he was turned but. "i want to give credit, where credit is due, and it is to be fair to niy good friend Wade McLemore of Albany, Texas, that I am writing this letter. The part about the pasture a mile and a half in length, with the running brook at one end, was true enough, but they were located on Sir. Me-Lemores farm In Texas and it was his description of the same and tlie way tlie liorses would run down to stand in the cool water that decided me to try for consent to turn him out there. It was in the winter of 1915 at Juarez, that Old Rosebud went lame for the third time, after eigii- teen months of persistent effort on the part of myself and the best advice . of veterinarians east and west. We had tried firing, blistering and rest- The summer of 1915 I left my foreman, II. G. McLaughlin better known as Mack at La-tonia to exercise Old Rosebud to a cart, so as to keep the weight off his injured leg, but nature had to effect the cure and would not be hurried. So I decided to give nature her own time if it took two years. Mr. McLemores farm presented the proper conditions to assist nature, or rather get as close to nature as possible. Mr. Applegate and Mr. McLemore endorsed by theory of keeping the horse thin, so he -would not be burdened with a couple of hundred pounds of snperflous flesh when his legs had healed and hardened sufficiently to warrant his again being put in training. McLemore Great Admirer of Old Rosebud. Mr. McLemore, always a .great admirer of Old Rosebud, said we were welcome to turn the horse out at his place for as long as suited us, free of charge, but that he was afraid the horse might be injured, on accoitnt of barbed wire fences. But when .he informed, us he had a small pasture with smooth wire, where the horse coiild get accustomed to wire fencing without tlie chance of getting cut, Mr. Applegate and I decided to talce the risk to obtain the other advantages presented. Knowing tlie intelligence of Old Rosebud, we felt sure if he had some experience with wire fences he would sotin learn to avoid them. Mr. McLemores precaution was a wise one, for as soon as "Bud" was turned loose, he started to run and play, but soon landed against the smooth wire fence, which rebounded like tlie big net seen at a circus and tossed him back on his own side. McMcLemore said the old fellow got up, took a good look, sniffed at the posts and Wire and that was the first and last wire fence he collided with. As stated above, it was my intention to leave Old Rosebud out two years if .necessary. But Mr. McT-emore, who had watched, the old fellow closely, was so positive he would, train, that after about one year on the farm, he returned my old favorite to me, as we had planned to have him, rough looking, "but with legs hard and cool and so they have remained. And Mr. McLemore did all this gratis for tlie love of "a great horse. Yours very trnlv, FRANK D. WEIR.

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