The best teacher for young horses is often… another horse. Meet Hokenheim, a jump-out horse who has taught an estimated 3,500 young horses how to break from the gate.
Not every horse is destined for greatness on the racetrack — and increasingly, breeders, horsemen, aftercare organizations and racetracks themselves are networking to create a world in which every racehorse has a home in their days after racing. Many Thoroughbreds find their ways into second careers as sporthorses or recreational mounts, learning skills for both the show ring and the trail.
A select few, however, help carry the torch for the next generation — such as Hokenheim. Never particularly successful as a racehorse, Hokenheim found his real calling in his second career: the perfect jump-out horse. A jump-out horse helps settle youngsters and horses in re-training in the starting gate, teaching them how to break calmly but effectively when the gates flash open.
Watch Hokenheim at work:
It's #TeacherAppreciationDay and there's no better teacher to our youngstock then our jump-out pony Hokenheim – he's a superstar!
Posted by Godolphin on Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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