KER Friday Video: ‘Little Red Horse’

Inspired by a real “little red” off-track Thoroughbred!

Juni Fisher’s music has you picturing wide open spaces out west where there’s plenty of room to gallop your cow pony; her lyrics take us from the ranch to the cutting pen and back again. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Fisher was a cowgirl from birth judging from her music alone — but her horse experience has taken her through a variety of disciplines!

We’re particular fans of her song “Little Red Horse”: in the song, the speaker finds a little red horse running a match race at the county fair, which doesn’t go particularly well when the horse manages to dump his jockey at the start. She buys the horse and takes him home, slowly taming the wild side of him and going on plenty of great long gallops.

As so often happens, art was inspired by real life — and Juni Fisher’s own “little red horse” was in fact an off-track Thoroughbred named Mach Two whom she purchased in 1994 as an eventing prospect. Much like the song’s horse, it took a year for Mach Two to settle down and adjust to his new life, but he did become a great eventing mount with a fabulous gallop.

In tribute of Mach Two, enjoy “Little Red Horse”:

As one who seems to somehow partner with multiple little red horses (some big, too) of varying levels of difficulty, with my latest too an OTTB, this song may have just become my new anthem.

Go riding!

Kentucky Equine Research is the Official Equine Nutritionist of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. This week, Kentucky Equine Research staff flew over from the U.S. to process the European feeds gathered at the consolidation point. They’re taking inventory, collecting samples for naturally occurring prohibited substances (NOPS) analysis, and repairing bags damaged in transit, before packing it all into two 40-ft. refrigerated shipping containers.

Overall, they’re importing about 120 different feeds from nearly 20 European brands and will be offering an around 20 different feeds from a selection of U.S. brands as well. In addition, Kentucky Equine Research is coordinating with the federations, Peden, Dutta Corp., and U.S. regulatory agencies to facilitate the shipment of additional feeds with the horses, since in many cases final team selections are made after ocean freight containers depart to reach the U.S. in time for the competition.

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