On a day when everything is looking good it can turn in a hurry. Frank had just got his second win of the fall season at the Arkansas Derby Classic a little over a week ago. 45 min heats with a big race and a broke covey find out front. When released from his point he looked to be favoring his rear leg. Virgil Moore whoa'd him and checked his pads found nothing and turned him out. He finished the last 4 min. strong but on the way back to the dog wagon he carried the leg.
For those who have lost a good one, and most of us have, you know how I feel today. Sometimes you ask questions you really don't want the answer too. This was one of them. Got two vets to look at Franks xrays and the consensus is hip dysplasia or at best degenerative bone disease. Not really a fix that would allow him to be as athletic as he needs to be. Even with a complete hip replacement he would be at risk running hard in rough country. I won't use him at stud now so it's a pretty sad day.
I saw great potential in him as did Virgil and we both are kind of stunned. I may be able to keep him on pain meds and let him bird hunt sparingly but not even sure I want to put him through that. So I guess Frank is retired and will have a place in my kennel. It's going to hurt for awhile seeing him and thinking about what he loved to do but can't now. Tough day.