Sniper Jumping at Chattahoochee Hills

Why schooling shows are good for training young horses

There are three main reasons that I think schooling shows are valuable for off the track thoroughbreds, and why I include them as an important part of my training process in preparation for Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeovers. Continue reading “Why schooling shows are good for training young horses”

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Slate and Sharpie go to School

This week I took my two off the track thoroughbreds, Slate and Sharpie (owned by Michelle Chisholm), to the Georgia International Horse Park for a schooling show hosted by Brookwood Sport Horses. These shows are great for introducing young horses to an atmosphere and gaining experience in the ring.

Slate raced 42 times under the Jockey Club name of Run Slado run. This outing was encouraging because he is getting more confident and handled the experience like a champ. He surprised me with how far he had come since we first started working on his confidence on cross country back in November.

Every day I am more and more impressed with Sharpie, a classy war horse who raced 61 times under the name of Sharp Johnny. He took the experience in stride and performed well. He reminds me a little bit of Johnny. While he is a sensitive horse, he tries really hard.

I’m excited about the future with these young horses, and having a lot of fun being a part of their journey.

My Feeding Program

In this week’s vlog, I have some fun with my 2016 Retired Racehorse Project Horse Henri (who earned 2nd in the Eventing division). It’s really important to play with your horse. It builds relationship, and helps you to identify and nurture natural strengths.

In the feed room, I discuss how I use feeds from Buckeye Nutrition to tailor feeding programs to meet the specific needs of each individual horse. I don’t typically use a lot of supplements, but I have recently started using Hypona MagVet (http://www.hypona.com/magvet.html) to address a magnesium deficiency that we discovered in Simply Priceless after Badminton. Both highly bio available and palatable, I’ve seen tremendous results with this magnesium supplement, and am delighted to add Hypona to my list of amazing sponsors.

I’m off to the Jump Start Horse Trials this weekend for a final outing with my current Retired Racehorse Project horses, Vindicated and Fly With Me, before the Thoroughbred Makeover, which is now just two weeks away!

Sharp Decision

I pick up a talented off the track thoroughbred, owned by Michelle Chisholm. Sharp Decision will spend some time at the farm being a horse this year. I look forward to working with him for the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover.

I use Wisdom Panel to do some genetic testing on my aging dog, Poohie. Can’t wait to finally learn what she is!

Practical Joker

I this vlog, I talk through my second training session with Practical Joker (aka ‘PJ’), by Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover horse. I also make give an update about my Badminton travel plans and make a couple of pretty big announcements.

(P.S. Dod you notice PJ’s ‘tail extension’? I gave him a hay string prosthetic to help him with flies while his tail grows back in)

Stranger danger

You can really see in this week’s vlog how much progress a horse can make in a very short period of time. I get my third ride on Henri, a 6 year old off the track thoroughbred, and my team-mate in the upcoming Retired Racehorse Project competition. He moves really well, and took to jumping really well the first time I ask it of him.

Ozzie is still very aware of his environment, but his trust in me and in his new home has made him far more adaptable to strange things, and strange humans, entering his space. He’s learning that humans (or at least my humans) aren’t so bad.

Special guest appearance in this week’s episode from my brother, Braden Wallace, who braved the frigid temperatures to hang out and do some repairs around the property.