horse country

HORSE

Yup.

It’s taken me five years, but I finally get it.

This IS horse country.

People RIDE around here.

(ding dong!)

So, I’m even more taken every single time I’m invited to go visit someone new in the world of horses. And not long ago, I got to visit Trish Bosley and Baron Slew in Royal Oak, part of the Retired Racehorse Training Project.

They are in their final practice weeks, and we sure are thinking of them with positive expectations that they’ll show well at Pimlico!

Click this link for the story, and flick on below for just a couple images of  Trish, some of her horses, and Busy Graham’s niece Delia, who was the perfect person to hang out with Trish and her gang over a summer vacation. #sweet

kiss

delia two

Delia one

THREE HORSES

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WHITE HORSE

HORSES

~ by kbosin on September 2, 2013.

6 Responses to “horse country”

  1. How wonderful to my “ponies” here! You got some great shots. Thank you Kathy!

  2. I think I may ought to explain the bumps on the horses’s faces. The photos just after the horses had major reactions to chiggers biting their faces. The chestnut horses were particularly succeptible this year:) Fortunately the bites have all healed and thier faces are gorgeous again.

  3. Are any of these mature horses ever used for horse therapy or given to organizations that do this type of therapy?

    • I think so, Gail. Click through to learn more about the retired racehorse training project – http://www.retiredracehorsetraining.org/. Seems they can and do, go on to live full lives in other areas. So cool.

    • The horses here are my personal horses. There are people who rehab horses off the racetrack for therapy horses. It takes some time for them to become settled enough to undersatnd the ins and outs of therapy work. There is a horse in Florida being trained to be a police horse. He is one of the 26 for the Retired Racehorse Training Project Makeover Horses.

  4. Gail – this, from Trish just now on facebook – great little story!

    Loveable Rascal – T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year 2013
    The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work. This year’s recipient is Loveable Rascal an 11-year-old therapy horse from Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio (http://www.fieldstonefarmtrc.com/). He has been a therapy horse for six years. Rascal was bred by former governor of Kentucky, Brereton C. Jones’ Airdrie Stud. When Rascal left the racetrack he became a successful hunter/jumper, but after an injury, he was donated as a therapy horse, where he excelled because of his patience and easy-going attitude. “Rascal is one of those horses that not only knows he is helping riders, he wants to,” said Jinene Studinski, Equine Director at Fieldstone Farm in their Horse of the Year Application. “Through Rascal’s generous heart and instinct to serve, children with autism and Down Syndrome have said their first words. Adults with multiple sclerosis and children with neurological disorders have improved balance and gained strength. Some have even taken their first steps after riding him. High school students and military veterans have found hope and strength. Rascal is an amazing horse that reaches people of all ages and with all kinds of challenges and helps them become stronger physically and emotionally so they can better cope with daily life.” Fieldstone Farm is recognized as one of the largest therapeutic riding centers in North America. Founded in 1978 with the goal of helping improve the lives of those with special needs, the organization is breaking new ground in the field of equine therapy and changing many lives in the community. Each year, as a result of the dedication of more than 600 volunteers and 35 horses, Fieldstone helps nearly 800 students achieve what they often thought was impossible.The Jockey Club will make a $5,000 donation in Rascal’s name to Fieldstone. Photos courtesy of Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center.
    by: The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program

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