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By Susan Salk on February 22, 2011
Edie Urbasik worried what she’d tell people on the show circuit. She didn’t want to explain that the reason she wasn’t riding her ex-racehorse was due to the crushed vertebrae she sustained in an accident the year before. He was green at the time, when he bucked her to the ground, but now, with the guidance and soft hands of a talented, young rider, the ex-racehorse was turning out to be a very special competition horse. And the last thing Urbasik wanted to do was focus on the negative at his first show. Discussing the matter one night with her [...]
By Susan Salk on February 18, 2011
Habitworthaving once worried himself sick. He fretted about being confined to a stall after years living in a pasture, and was nervous around other horses. It got so bad, when he first came to live with Amy Bush, that the chunky gelding grew skinny with ulcers, and even opened up a deep cut on his leg after scuffling with other horses. “He’d been out to pasture for so long that I don’t think he knew how to handle the change. I have four children and it’s not exactly a quiet place,” Bush says. “I think he just wanted to be [...]
By Susan Salk on February 12, 2011
About the time that Sandy Seabrook’s life was hitting its stride, a winning racehorse was losing his. As Seabrook and boyfriend planned to get married her future was full of promise. Her college degree in marketing was nearly complete, and she was beginning to imagine a career for herself that combined her love for horses with her nascent marketing skills. Miles away, on racetrack in Florida, the future for once-winning racehorse Spite the Devil was becoming less certain as the years rolled away from his mid-2000s heyday; a time filled with dramatic wins, including back-to-back victories in the 2004 and [...]