In Memory of Threeforks River
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The Herd

Roxanna - Mustang 2000
Huey - Paint 1996
Lucy - Paint 2003
Bettina - TB 1988
More Oysters - TB 2004
Tiz Life - TB 2005
Just Like Zola - TB 2008
Money Talkin - TB 2003
Shadow - WB 1998
Bohemian Princess - TB 2010
Southern Sweet Tea - TB 2006
And OZ - TB 2014

The Experiment is Canceled

After several years of reading The Paulick Report, and having been at the track in previous years, I have come to the realization that racing will not change in my lifetime.  It is full of people indiscriminately using not only “therapeutic” drugs, but also performance enhancing drugs.   Anything I could accomplish, even if Oz made $20 million, it would change nothing.  Oz would be considered a freak and I’m sure many would think he would have made even more $$ if he had been trained in the “traditional” way.

I have no desire to risk a horse’s life for virtually nothing.  Racing is not a pleasant sport and most horses do not like it.  The fact that they do it, is just because they are horses.  They put up with what people ask or demand of them, be it harsh bits, whips, spurs, etc.

I am 66 and plan to spend the rest of my life relaxing and enjoying it – and my horses.    They have a good life and are happy.  When they are happy, I’m happy.

Here are some of the herd, here in Taos.  Others were standing behind me and were always too close to take photos.

Lena, Shadow, Southern Sweet Tea. Background Maura (More Oysters)

From right to left Zola, Lena, Shadow, Southern Sweet Tea. Background Maura (More Oysters) July 14, 2017

2 Responses to The Experiment is Canceled

  • Not that I disagree with your’ve tried better than I…but I think these abuser’s can easily be shown-up at their game. The key is understanding what they are missing…the horse does not develop in the wild until they are in their mid-teens. Taking a baby and trying to compete will never achieve the results horse racing can understand…and the baby game is rigged. Getting a four or five year old who has had potential ( heart and soul) then rehabbing mind and hoof then returning to take the prize is the way to start.

    Check out my 18 year old Now he might be a little too old now, but compare him to any five year old on the tracks today.

    I’m looking to find like mined people…know any????

    • Hi Bruce. Your horse certainly looks great! It’s a shame so few people at the track understand horses. The young TB’s I’ve had go through a mental maturing at about age 7. And truly horses are only adults at that age. Running them younger than that is not good for the body or the mind. Great horses like John Henry, Forego, Kelso, and more recently Wise Dan. Did their best racing after age 5. If they had not been raced until then they would have been sound! And probably could have raced until age 12. Many Grand Prix jumpers are not at their best until over age 12, and often compete at 19. Jumping is very hard on a horse, yet these horses reach their peak at what so many think of as old age. I bought a 6-year-old Paint gelding in 2002. It never occurred to me that he wasn’t saddle trained! However I figured since I’d saddle trained TB’s I could handle a Paint. I was told they’d tried to break him years before but he threw the trainer. Anyway, I learned a lot by training that horse. Unlike yearlings or 2 year olds, his balance was unaffected by my weight. He could walk a perfectly straight line the first time I got on him. His mental attitude was mature, he was not a baby and didn’t think like a baby. Such an advantage! Physically he was stronger, mentally he was developed and understood what was going on.

      Racing could be so different if people weren’t greedy and always looking for short cuts. From reading the Paulick Report for the last several years, I’ve come to realize that racing won’t change. And even if a trained a horse better than Secretariat, he/she would only be considered a freak, and no one would credit the different way it was raised or trained. In fact many would think the horse could have been even better if they had trained it.

      I wish I knew like minded people, but I must say I don’t. I appreciate your commenting, as it’s nice to hear from someone who has more knowledge than the average racetracker.

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