Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Horse Racing Nation: Blue Grass Stakes Day at Keeneland in Photos

At Keeneland on Saturday, the Blue Grass Stakes day weather was as good as it gets--bright and hot without being humid. After the terrible winter of 2013-2014, it was nice to have a taste of summer.
Two Grade III and three Grade I stakes races were the highlights of the Blue Grass Stakes card. 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Horse Racing Nation: Local Racing History in Photos: Danada Farm and St. James Farm

On Saturday, California Chrome appeared to skip gaily down the Santa Anita stretch en route to winning the $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby (Gr. I) in 1:47.52, one of the fastest times in recent years. If all goes well, on May 3 the flashy chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit will hope to join the roster of horses to win both the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby, of which includes I'll Have Another, Winning Colors, Affirmed, and Swaps, among others.

And as I discovered in recent years, another member of this prestigious roster was trained a little over a mile from where I live, deep within the Chicago suburbs, at Danada Farm. Danada Equestrian Center, as it is called today, is now maintained by the DuPage County Forest Preserve and is open to the public.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Limerick rolling and bucking (video)

Lim often enjoys a good roll in the arena when I turn her loose in there at night. But lately she's re-discovered the joy of the roll-n-buck combo, which she hasn't done in a while. She has some pretty good moves for a 23-year-old!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Horse Racing Nation: Life After the Finish: Riley (a.k.a. Garth Man)

 As a way to thank the off-track Thoroughbreds in my life--past and present--that have shaped me into the equestrian I am today, I will periodically run photo blogs spotlighting off-track Thoroughbreds (a.k.a. OTTBs). Entitled "Life After the Finish", these blogs will feature horses that have left behind the racing industry to become show horses, personal riding horses, and/or companion horses.

When I considered which horse I should feature first, it wasn't difficult to choose, for at the barn I board at--across the aisle from my own horse--is a handsome chestnut gelding named Riley.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Valentine silhouette

A full moon, snow, and light pollution in the sky helped create this photo of Limerick on Valentine's Day.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Snowy day at Gladstone, 2014 edition

I posted some snow photos from the barn last year and now I'm doing it again. I took these photos on Saturday; the snow was so heavy that it presented white-out conditions at times. But it also made for some interesting photos!

Friday, January 17, 2014

An excellent post on the prevention and treatment of colic

I came across this post today and think it's a wonderful must-read for anyone that owns or works with horses. My only difference of opinion lays within the walking of the horse--it's fine to take breaks from walking and let the horse stand quietly. In my experience, sometimes that little break will allow the horse to fart and/or poop, which is excellent!

Old School Colic Care - Don't fix it if it ain't broken!