Happy Holidays to our readers from everyone at the Thoroughbred Chronicles!!
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go mess with Pogo before leaving to go home for the Holidays, but that makes the anticipation for both of the TB's arrivals that much greater! It is great to go home and see family, but it certainly snags any pony plans!
It won't be long and we'll be kicking it into full gear! Stay tuned, our next post should be a good, productive one with pony plans in action!
I recently have been told about a project called the Retired Racehorse Training Project - essentially our independent study on a much larger scale than in little ol' Alfred with two aspiring TB trainers.
Anyway, they are taking three professional trainers and three fresh OTTBs (in the spotlight of a show arena, mind you!) and they get to choose which horse they will take on. A month later, they get to "show" back at the same place what the horse has learned in the month in training. Really cool, and I think people that are not familiar with Thoroughbreds will be very surprised at the progress that is made.
As everyone does, they have a website and a facebook page: http://www.retiredracehorsetraining.org/ and http://www.facebook.com/RetiredRacehorseTrainingProject definitely check them out, and also feel free to message them! Unlike some pages, groups, rescues, etc. there are REAL people behind the walls of RRTP :)
As for Tesla and me, we are still anxiously awaiting our kids' arrival to the AU barn...come on January, hurry up and get here!!
Now that classes are winding down for the semester, I finally have a little more time on my hands (at least until I actually start studying for finals) and managed to take some time out of my day today to go and see mr. Pogo at his let down barn.
He has come really far from his life on the track - Once a scrawny little thin skinned man, now a hairy, hay-bellied beast...can't forget that he is covered in burrdocks as well and clearly enjoying his turnout time :) With that being said, he never really had the track mentality, I am not sure he spent enough time there to really understand what it's all about. It was great to come into the barn walk into the stall and instead of seeing this wide-eyed creature spinning circles and attempting to buck (which he never actually accomplished successfully) he was sleeping, head down and upon my arrival buried his head in my chest (and not to bite, either!)
One of the many things I have learned from my older TB gelding, Ozzy, is that persistence is key - I bought him when I was 11 years old, and he was DEFINITELY not the best match for me (he was practically feral, just off a round-up out west when a ranch closed down or so the story goes) Anyway, I annoyed the crap out of him - the last thing he wanted was this little girl kissing him and hugging him and climbing all over doing the baby talk, etc. the typical little girl and her pony stuff. Now, however he is the most tolerant creature, and although he would be embarrassed to admit he enjoys the smothering (or at least tolerates it, for me).
Long story longer, I try and implement the same "little girl" tactics on every horse I work with...luckily for me at this point, Pogo loves the primping and pr0dding (it took 20! minutes of careful yanking to clear his gorgeous forelock of burrdocks, and he took it like a champ!) and of course the good scratching under his blanket. He was good about picking his feet, and working around him loose in the stall and even responded to poll pressure. All is going great in Pogo-ville, can't wait to start him doing real horse stuff!
Pogo 12/11/11 - About to turn 4, he's a bit awkwardly built...hopefully that will change with work and proper muscling