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West Coast trainer Vicki Zacharias has trained many of a difficult T-bred in her day. The key, she says, is consistency  in training and in correcting unwanted behavior.

Q&A: How to train fire-breathing T-breds

Some say Vicki Zacharias tames fire-breathing dragons. The self-taught equestrian who learned how to conduct herself on the backs of some pretty hot Thoroughbreds at the tender age of 12 says what she really does is train “children.” The proprietor of Rain Creek Farms in Oregon has seen not just a few break-through moments between difficult horse and frustrated rider, including the powerhouse duo Holiday Cat and Brayle McEllrath, a pair who worked through many bucking and kicking episodes before winning their armful of ribbons. (Please see an earlier story on Holiday Cat). In this week’s Clubhouse Q&A, Zacharias shares […]