Thoroughbred speed demon now happy Hunter

Tall Glass, once destined for Jumpers, slows down, becomes  a Hunter

Tall Glass, once destined for Jumpers, slows down, becomes a Hunter

When Edie Urbasik suggested that her preteen daughter ride Tall Glass, a quick-to-the-jumps ex-racehorse, the startled young lady was just as quick to say no.

“I thought she was crazy,” says 12-year-old Kayla Urbasik. “That horse was so hot, and I just couldn’t see it.”

But last June, after the spirited Thoroughbred’s previous rider stopped riding him, Kayla decided to at least give her mother’s advice a try.

And as the pair started lessons with Coach Lauren Camara, a funny thing happened; the one-time speed-demon of an animal, who once raced toward jumps like a spirited Jumper, chilled out.

“When I first started jumping him, and he was hot, and when he’d see the jump, he’d speed up,” Kayla says. “Then he started waiting a few strides before he sped up.”

Soon Tall Glass was jumping rhythmically like a fat Warmblood Hunter.

“The other day I jumped a 2-foot-6 vertical and my reins were so loose the entire time,” she adds. “He just trotted up to it and went right over.”

Says the elder Urbasik, “A friend of mine, who’s a judge, always told me that (Tall Glass) didn’t want to be a Jumper, that my horse was really a Hunter,” she says. “Now I really believe it!”

After the show, a hug and a thank you

After the show, a hug and a thank you

Never was his newfound mellow approach on display as much as it was this past November; it would be his proudest moment, thus far.

The big bay ex-racehorse and Kayla represented the Thoroughbred breed at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. The guests of both Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement, where Tall Glass was purchased, and the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, the now unflappable racehorse proved to be so calm under the florescent lights of the cavernous indoor hall, that he would fall asleep in his makeshift stall while dozens of admirers crowded around.

And while other horses might be startled by the cacophony of the crowds— as pizza vendors and machinery made a ruckus – Tall Glass was positively blasé.

He walked, trotted, and cantered obligingly for onlookers during several demonstrations with Kayla.

Says the proud Mom, “He went out like a rock star, with pizzeria and noise and shopping in the background— he didn’t care,” Urbasik says. He would stop on cue, as Kayla, sitting atop her fine representation of a Thoroughbred, would speak into a microphone, answering questions.

“I was so proud.”

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6 responses to “Thoroughbred speed demon now happy Hunter”

  1. Kelly

    Fabulous story and great video showing just how happy he is at his new job. Our pre-teen is quickly outgrowing her large pony and we just got her a 4yr old ottb so she can slowly start her, taking her time and doing it right while she still competes for another year on her pony. Love to see these stories as it enlightens people as to just how versatile Thoroughbreds are when brought along properly. Our girl (as all our horses) also has a life long home with our family.

    Congratulations Kayla you did a wonderful job!!!

  2. Edie

    Lovely article Sue! I’m just gushing with pride 😀 My wise friend who has always supported our journey with Kadin said to me this past summer ‘well, you can stop looking for your dream horse now because he is right there in front of you.’ Kadin will never have to worry about his future because this is where he belongs and will remain till the end – with Kayla & I.

    Thank you for your tireless efforts to promote this fabulous breed and the wonderful people who love them.

  3. Fran

    Love the story and also the video as they are educating others about thoroughbreds. There are SO many misconceptions about TB’s it is nice to see them being presented in a fair and positive light. Good job Kayla!! Great article Sue!!

  4. Mary Adkins-Matthews

    This is what it is all about and hopefully when this career is over for him, he will still remain safe and loved ALWAYS by Kayla, even if only a friend for life!

  5. Sally

    Such a great story, Sue, I especially loved the video of this amazing horse. If anyone ever needed to see how relaxed and versatile these Thoroughbreds really are, the video speaks volumes. Thank goodness for the people who have the patience and know-how to help these horses find their perfect niche! 🙂

  6. Kristen

    Gorgeous boy, and lovely big feet 🙂

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