Changing Track

Getting Over The Thoroughbred Makeover

It was hard to accept the fact that I would not be competing in the Thoroughbred Makeover held October 25 – 28 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. I had worked tirelessly to find the horse that could win, and then I put four months of training and board into said horse before he went lame. But apparently I…

Johnny Joe’s Rehab Routine

Johnny Joe isn’t out of the game yet. Since his injury last month, I created a rehab schedule to keep us on track while ensuring that he is recovering. Week OneReducine rub every morning, post-work 15 minute hose, and wrap the leg. August 9 – Walk to the end of driveway and back. Do this twice and walk up the…

Johnny’s Spiritual Experience

Johnny Joe rightly related himself to a jump before he went lame. One moment I was slogging along full of doubt (can he do this?), full of fear, (you need to drop out of this competition, get out now), and lacking faith (where will I get the money to do this when I have got to buy hay?). Then out…

Woes of Johnny Joe

Larry putting up with Johnny’s antics. Did you know that the number one killer of the competitive careers of highly qualified riders is the lame horse? And that 60% of all horse conversations make reference to lameness. According to statistics, it was highly likely that I would start one of my blogs in this way. It appears that Johnny Joe…

Strategizing

I have been in attendance of a few clinics in preparation for the Makeover Competition.  My entire focus right now is on strategy—who can help me find my horse, how I should train it, and what is the competition going to be like? I first attended a clinic taught by Stuart Pitman, the brainchild of the Makeover, in Saratoga, New…

Meet Johnny Joe

My makeover horse’s name is Johnny Joe. It’s kind of like the “Ricky Bobbie” of show jumping—two plain names combined to make a working class animal with a split personality.  When I dreamed of a horse, I dreamed of a middle-aged bay gelding around 16 hands with a short back, long neck, and he was to be serviceably sound. Well,…

Repurposing Thoroughbreds

  It is much harder to find a horse for this than I thought. The whole time frame aspect makes it feel like being on one of those timed cooking shows. I’m afraid that when the horse goes to be “plated” it will look like a mess because I ran out of time. The problem is that all the qualified…

I’m a Horse Whisperer

I have been kicked seriously by horses—the majority of times while body clipping. Permanent disability has narrowly missed me multiple times and I consider this a part of my good fortune in the horse business. I am 54 and still have most of my capacities. I tranquilize horses at discretion to body clip them. When I complained to my husband…

The 4’6” Cavaletti

The De Nemethy Method was used in the late 60’s and 70’s as the training style for American Show Jumping and is based on a simple exercise—the 4’6” trotting caveletti, where caveletti or poles are set four-and-a-half feet apart. This is the basic building block which all balanced toplines are constructed.  The exercise will be featured in the Thoroughbred Makeover…

Team Peri Whan

Over the past couple of weeks my ducks have started to line up. Unfortunately it turned out to be a false start, which is discouraging, but it does make for a good story, so I will tell it here. My search for a horse started by calling all of my friends and asking them if they had anything that I…