Monday, August 18, 2014

Horse Racing Nation: Arlington Million Day at Arlington Park in Photos



I had an amazing time taking photos at the Arlington Million on Saturday. Please enjoy them here!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A horse and a mirror

"The horse is a mirror to your soul. Sometimes you might not like what you see. Sometimes you will." - Buck Brannaman

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My POV when feeding Limerick and a riding update.



Here's a brief video showing my point-of-view when I feed Limerick in the evening. There's not much more I enjoy seeing than her lovely face demanding dinner!

This week marks the first time I've begun to feel a real difference in her fitness under saddle. She can trot for a prolonged period and although we need to work on the canter, she picks it up easily when asked and can carry herself nicely for at least two laps around the arena, each way.

I take extra care to listen to what she's telling me. She tries hard for me so when she tells me, "Hey, I'm getting tired," then I let her take a break rather than pushing her for one more lap. I know she appreciates it and in turn she rewards me in return by continuing to give me her best. We may not be jumping cross-country courses or competing in a dressage arena but what we have is the foundation of a great relationship between a horse and her rider, and it's a wonderful feeling.

Horse Racing Nation: Remembering Winter Memories






This week marks two years since popular turf mare Winter Memories retired. In honor of the gray lady's feats on the track, here is a re-run of a 2013 blog post commemorating her...

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Dharma (Oil Money's Dream) at her first show

I visited with Dharma and her owner at their first show together yesterday. Of course, my camera came with! It was wonderful to see Dharma again. She looks beautiful and was relaxed and happy at the show. She clearly loves jumping and she and her owner made a wonderful team.




To see my last update on Dharma, click here.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Horse Racing Nation: Million Preview Day at Arlington Park in Photos



On Saturday, Arlington Park hosted Million Preview Day and as usual the horses were the stars of the show. But this year their brilliance was nearly eclipsed by that of jockey Florent Geroux, who won three of the four stakes races of the day. 

The aptly-named Million Preview Day showcases four Grade III turf races: the Arlington Handicap, the Stars and Stripes Stakes, the American Derby, and the Modesty Handicap, which is a prep race for next month's Grade I Beverly D. Stakes on Arlington Million day.

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A massage and a fitness plan




Limerick had a busy week. On Monday, Christine rode her in order to evaluate her fitness level and determine if she has any muscle imbalances. She suggested that I start riding Limerick three days a week and slowly increase the amount of time at each gait, particularly the walk. She also noted that the left side of Limerick's neck is tense, which may partly be due to scar tissue in the neck from the abscess she had last November.

Then yesterday, Lim had another massage session. She was much more relaxed this time and rather enjoyed it.

 

"What? There were carrots in here, I had to do it!"