How Long Before He Calms Down?

Calm

Freedom is the poster child for separation anxiety. Looking back over my blog posts, I’ve written about this before . . . always with the thought that he is “getting over it.” And he does. Kind of. For awhile. But then the anxiety comes back. When I take Zelda out for a ride I can […]

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LIKE A KID IN A SPRINKLER

Like a kid in a sprinkler

Like a kid in a sprinkler, Freedom loves to get spritzed with water on a hot day. Today, after taking Zelda to a Hunter Pace, I hosed her off. She doesn’t object, but she doesn’t enjoy it the way he does. I gave him a good soaking from outside the paddock. He’s the only horse […]

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Trust

Trust

Trust. The trust on this horse’s face says so much about his relationship with his human as the people around him work to rescue him. Almost 25 years ago, Fritz, a Boston police horse, fell into a sidewalk construction hole that had been covered by a steel plate. Police Officer Frank Pomodoro rushed to his […]

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Essential Quality Wins the Belmont

Essential Quality wins Belmont

Essential Quality wins the Belmont after a stretch run duel with Hot Rod Charlie. The handsome gray colt, who was the favorite for the Kentucky Derby, came through today and showed his “quality”. After a clean break, the colt trailed the leaders — Hot Rod Charlie and Rock Your World, who set a fast pace […]

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Can any HOrse Live up to Secretariat?

Secretariat Wins the Belmont

On the eve of the Belmont Stakes, it’s hard not to think back to 1973, the day that Secretariat captured the Triple Crown with a Belmont win so decisive that the other horses weren’t even in the same race. If you’re old, like I am, you might even remember watching the race live, on your […]

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Stopping the Slip

Stopping the slip

My Sensation treeless saddle is one of the most comfortable saddles I’ve ever owned, but one of the challenges to riding in a treeless saddle is that without the rigid structure of a tree, the saddle can slip more easily. There are a few tricks to keep your saddle secure. First, of course, is to […]

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Medina Spirit Fails Second Drug Test; Bob Baffert Banned from Churchill Downs

The “B” sample of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has tested positive for betamethasone, at a prohibited level, putting his Derby win in contention. Trainer Bob Baffert chose a laboratory at the University of California, Davis, from a list of approved labs, to perform the second test. In response to the findings, Churchill Downs immediately […]

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Kevin Lemke Fined and Suspended for Abusive Behavior

Kevin Lemke

Kevin Lemke has been fined $4,000 and suspended for four months by the USEF after “unsportsmanlike behavior using excessive force with a horse”. The rider was caught on video, at the Desert International Horse Park in California on January 30, reprimanding his horse for refusing an (off camera) jump by hitting the horse hard six […]

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