From racing to riding... the training diary of an off the track Standardbred

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Just A Memory

I write this post with a heavy heart and watery eyes. Jet has happily settled into his new home and I am so glad that he has so many people that love and care about him.. Even though I know I made the right decision for both me and him, I feel completely empty and lost. I know he is not "gone," but it is as though he has vanished form my life.

When something so influential in your every day life ceases to exist, you can't help but feel lost and confused. I went from seeing Jet every single day to not seeing him at all. I don't know what to do. My poor new horse is getting the effects of this. My overall desire to ride and simply be around horses has significantly plummeted. The last time Jet left us, I stopped riding for 6 months. I am doing everything in my power to make sure that doesn't happen again.

Having a new project horse has helped me stay with it and carry on with my life. Don't get me wrong, I like my new horse, but he isn't Jet. I don't have the bond with the new guy that I had with Jet and I truly don't think I ever will. I don't love this new horse. Maybe I will someday, but I don't right now. In my mind, it seems like I tried to replace Jet with the new horse. Now I am realizes that the idea of replacing Jet is not even remotely possible.

Strangely enough, the thing I miss the most isn't the riding. It isn't all of the shows. It isn't the ribbons we won or the lessons we had. Just being around Jet and standing next to him as he sniffed my body from head to toe....him putting his nostril to my nose and breathing in each other's scent...him gently touching my face...licking my hand...scratching my scratching him all over for hours as he moved to show me where he wanted to be scratched....long in-hand walks through the woods and around the street... that is what I miss the most. That is what I can't get back, but that is what I will keep in my mind as just a few of the happy memories that I shared with my heart horse.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

New Beginnings

Jet went to his wonderful new home Thursday. I'll do a full post soon, but in the meantime I'll show you guys a bunch of photos on how we spent out last day together. Make sure you click to see more!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Push and Pull

Jet and I had a great ride yesterday! A nice flat/crossrail ride in the field and a long trail ride and walk around the street was the perfect way to spend our last Sunday together. Here are some pictures

On a more frustrating note, Baby Thoroughbred (who I think I am going to name Boomer - thoughts?) pulled a shoe just a day after he got them. Uggh, frustrating! He is definitely a lot more comfortable moving forward with shoes so fingers crossed that we will be going consistently soon!

Here he is before the shoe came off:

And here is the shoe:

Luckily it is getting put back on today. He should be moving to a new barn with an indoor sometime this week/weekend!

Saturday, April 20, 2013


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Thursday, April 18, 2013

April 27th

This will be a short and to-the-point post mostly due to the fact I get very upset at the mere thought of the whole topic.

Yesterday, Jet got a visit from his old/new owner. "P" (as I will call her) came by to see how Jet was doing, get some info on him, and to spend some time with him. She purchased him when we sold him about 7 years ago, but honored my "first right of refusal" clause by offering him back to us 3 years ago when things came up in her life. I also honored her first right of refusal clause by offering him back to her after I decided to move on to a horse that would be better suited for my riding goals. After some long talks over the past few weeks, she has decided to take Jet back and use him as a trail horse. She will also put a few months of training into him (she is a dressage trainer which is exactly what he needs) and then her daughter will take the reins to do some schooling shows/have fun with him. He will be leaving me to go to his new home with P on April 27th. I am happy that I get some time to say goodbye, but I am absolutely heartbroken that I will be losing my best friend for a second time. This was easily the hardest decision I've had to make in a while, but it is one that I really needed to make. I'll miss my Jetstar

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Grass is Always Greener...

As some of you know (hello to my new followers!), Jet is being kept at my friend's house with her Thoroughbred mare. A few days ago, I received a frantic phone call from my friend that went something along the lines of, "HELP! The horses are galloping towards Tremont! (the busiest street in our little town) Jet won't stop. He jumped the fence. Dreamer is just following him. Come now!" Ofcourse, I immediately jumped into my truck and drove the 3 minutes down the road to the said location of the galloping horses. My heart absolutely dropped when I saw a cluster of cars and only one horse from a distance. A few seconds later (and some illegal driving on public land) and I saw my horse standing right behind Dreamer. Luckily, a horse person from a nearby barn saw the loose horses and caught them when they stopped to eat grass next to the busy street. Her and her mother held the horses until my friend and I got there. I was SO thankful that there were horse people around to catch the horses and that no people or horses were hurt. Minutes later, pictures were being posted to my Facebook that spectators took of the event. Not much happens in my small town so this was quite the talk of the town.

They ended up running to a store plaza/cemetery/soccer field intersection...interesting location that Jet has actually run away to before when he got loose at my house a few years ago. Someone went around the town opening stalls and gates and let a ton of horses go that night!

We didn't have time to think about lead ropes but we had bailing twine that temporarily served well until we had someone go grab the lead ropes for us at home.

QUESTION TO DOM - I have been unable to read your blog lately. Is it no longer going?