“Like many of us, Boomer now has to deal with a new normal where life is a bit smaller and, often, more stressful.” Boomer has months of stall rest ahead, but Aubrey Graham explores other options as she works toward the Makeover, “come hell or high water.” (more…)
Henri Nouwen said, “True hospitality is welcoming the stranger on her own terms. This kind of hospitality can only be offered by those who’ve found the center of their lives in their own hearts.” Here’s what it looks like in the horse world. (more…)
Every rider has their necessary safety systems — the things they never leave home without. This week Jen discusses hers, those she recommends for others and how those safety nets help her make decisions about the horses she rides. (more…)
On the track a horse’s nutrition is structured to keep them lean and running fast. Becoming a ranch horse, an eventer, a barrel racer, a jumper (or whatever is in store for a horse in its second career) requires time and patience. Brandy discusses how the transition is going with her Makeover horse. (more…)
Every week Horse Nation teams up with Ovation Riding to recognize those doing good in the horse world. Today we recognize the Retired Racehorse Project and Keeneland for their equine welfare initiatives.
“For the past couple months, every time I would turn out Boomer, I would watch as he galloped up and down the hills, trotted the flats and meandered happily… There was no discernible lameness, no limping or visible short-step, but something still wasn’t adding up.”
“He was quiet enough that I also rode him the very first day. I’m not too embarrassed to admit that I cried. To actually get on and have him walk off quietly … after so much time and worry about him, well, my heart was full to bursting.” (more…)
“… if there is a way we can tape a 2020 horse together, train in little bursts and get that sucker both on and off of the trailer in one piece — oh, and survive a pandemic — we just might see you in Kentucky. For now, we’ll be over here in limbo.”
Figuring out horses — what motivates them, what they need to eat, what’s wrong with them, what their personalities are — can be quite the puzzle. For people who have a proclivity for overanalyzing — people like Aubrey Graham — figuring out this puzzle keeps them busy and engaged throughout the training process. (more…)
“Louise, dear readers, is currently That Horse. As in, steer clear of That Horse, it looks like it may explode. Which horse did the trainer refuse to ride today? That Horse. OMG, I’m so glad I am not on That Horse.” (more…)
“The goal of that Tadpole was not to clamber for the blue ribbon, but rather to take a temperature reading on where he was, assign homework and head back to the farm with more information on how to shape my training going forward.” (more…)
“But, I AM a special kind of stupid. And so the overweight, middle-aged, amateur said, ‘Put him on the shuttle on Saturday morning, and I’ll pick him up in Ocala.'” Thus began Libby and Spider’s 2020 Makeover journey.
“Hypothetically, if I were to get together with an older warhorse mare (raced 50+ times) with my older warhorse self (50+ yrs old) would y’all sponsor me…” And that’s how it all began for Jen and Louise, two warhorses headed to the 2020 Makeover. (more…)
“The spring in her hocks and flawless lead changes couldn’t compensate for her lack of speed; she always managed to cross the line in the middle of the pack. Shipped off to a farm and listed for sale, she was stalled waiting for the starting gun to fire on her new career.” (more…)
“For the past two years, my RRP personal entries … have been young, lightly raced, red, and well… hot. Boomer, an elegant, 17.1 hand, 2011, big-boned bay was anything but what had become known as ‘my type.'”
As the application deadline for the Thoroughbred Makeover draws near, many riders are acquiring their fresh off-the-track horses. Here’s a hilarious tongue-in-cheek look at what those horses would say if they could talk.