The boys are both settling in to life off of the track. They are minding their manners and learning to chill out a bit. Pogo and Ryker have met, and are now turn out buddies, probably a first time being with another horse for either of them in a very long time. Even with the buddy system, the ditch is still a scary monster in the middle of the pasture.
In looking for the right horse to start for this project (and believe me there were MANY) it was crossing my mind how different these animals can be. I have worked with many track horses, either on their way to training at the breeding farm or fresh off of the track after they are injured or retired. Things like, loud noises, music, people running, giant tractors, cars, etc. don't phase most, but a tree in the wrong place will most definitely be the monster with the teeth that is most certainly out to get them. It's always the things you would think would set off the "hot, crazy horse" that they don't think to look at and the everyday natural stuff (that they actually are not very well exposed to) that frightens them.
Anyway, I am trying to keep things being posted until the boys get here and hopefully get some faithful people that will come and check out our blog and comment too!!! Hopefully this week I can go over and get more pictures. Rest assured, there will be many more stories and photos come January when we start this gig!
Welcome to our blog page!! Hopefully I can figure this all out and keep it interesting :)
Below are some pictures of Pogo...
His racing name was "I Waited Patiently", which had to go sooner rather than later. Newly named Pagani, aka POGO is a 2008 gray gelding by Two Punch out of Blushing Caller. His racing career was fairly short, only having 11 starts, with 1 win, 1 second, 1 third and earning just under $9,000. He has a very sweet and comical personality. His potential probably lies as a hunter, however, only time will tell. His first turnout experience with us determined that he will not be a natural eventer, (more probably a reiner) as he demonstrated a 15 foot slide up to the ditch in the pasture :)