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

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Here are some pics from the past month or so. Some are with my new camera, some are from my friend's point and shoot. Enjoy (:
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Jet loves to stick his head in the snow WHILE I AM TROTTING/CANTERING and licking the snow. Here is proof:

The lines slipped off of the horn but I quickly fixed it

Mary-Kate and Katie

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Liebster Award!

Ruth/"Ruffles" at Just A Girl and Her Horse has given me the Liebster Award! Liebster means 'dearest' in German and the award is given to great blogs that aren't well known (having less than 200 followers/members). So now, I will pass the award onto 5 other blogs that I read all the time! Go check them out!

Riding Miss Daisy

Now THAT'S A Trot

I Am Boyfriend

Grey Brook Eventing

Standardbred Excellence

Thank you Ruffles!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Trees do NOT taste good...

What's the best thing to do on a snowy day? Go horse sledding! I took Jet out and took my brother and sister for a ride during the snow storm on Saturday. We just did walk, trot, canter up and down the street a few times. Its hard work pulling a sled and carrying a rider! Here are some vids:

Jet's little tantrum, the only time he was bad throughout the day. He puts up with so much!

To set it up, I took a fuzzy surcingle and put it on top of a saddle pad on him and then attached it to a breastplate. Then I took long lines (nylon driving reins) and attached them to the surcingle

On Sunday, I went to Mary-Kate's house and we did the same thing with her horse Katie (also a Standardbred). This time, we rode with a western saddle. We put a lunge line under the saddle (inbetween the saddle and saddle pad) and then did a safety release knot on the horn. It worked really well...until I crashed into a tree. Friends would run friends into trees and immediately turn around and go help them but BEST friends keep riding, laugh hysterically, then eventually ask if you are ok. Gotta love best friends! And the best part? Its on video!

I'm not sure why I didn't just roll off. Things just happened to quickly. I did see it coming and put my hands and feet out infront of me but I hit my head on my knee hard enough to bruise my knee (but not my head...). After about 30 seconds of being confused, I was completely fine and went on to do it again, and then I got on Katie and took Mary-Kate in the sled.

We then ended the day by taking Jet to the back field and sledding with him. We used the same setup that we used with Katie earlier that day. Here is what it looks like from the sled! (Mary-Kate in the sled)

Then Mary-Kate got on Jet and I went in the sled. Patch (my dog), was very concerned because I was screaming (with joy). He kept biting my jacket and trying to pull me off. A few times he actually ended up jumping on the sled with me and licking my face. I knew he was trying to help but I didn't want him to pop the sled so I had to yell at him to stop. He sulked over the the edge of the field, sat there, and kept an eye on me after that. When we got home I gave him lots of treats!

Did I mention I absolutely love my horse?

*DO NOT TRY THIS WITH JUST ANY HORSE* Jet and Katie have both been driven before and we got them used to the sled and the sounds of it before doing this