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A film underway on ex-racehorses, all abuzz

Some of the finest stewards connected to the Thoroughbred industry sat before the unblinking lens of documentary filmmakers recently to offer insight and commentary on the issues surrounding unwanted ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds in America. Hall of Fame jockey and four-time Eclipse Award winner Pat Day spoke of the heartbreak that comes when he imagines a horse who is forgotten in a field, left to “die on the vine.” And, representatives from Three Chimneys Farm and Thoroughbred re-homing organizations New Vocations and Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, offered compelling commentary. The dawning awareness that ex-racehorses can go on to do many useful things, […]

With Zeus, who was bathed earlier

Reader’s Clubhouse: Riding while pregnant

To ride, or not to ride, is the question faced by many equestrians after they discover they are pregnant. In this Reader’s Clubhouse Q&A, Kimberly “KC” Compton DiCostanzo, a New York-based eventer, Thoroughbred trainer for CANTER New England, and riding coach, discusses how she decided to continue riding after learning she was pregnant. Q: When you first became pregnant, did you have any qualms about continuing with your riding activities?  At first, it seemed as though nothing had changed. I learned I was pregnant at the end of October, and our season was winding down anyway – I only had […]

Laura and Flash, early on

After slab fracture, a grateful OTTB heals, bonds

The shining ex-racehorse looked at Laura Jones with trusting, liquid-brown eyes as if to say he knew she would make him well. Carrizo Creek had sustained a slab fracture in his knee after seven lackluster starts at various Florida tracks, when he was introduced to Jones at the Calder Race Course. If he was in pain, he didn’t show it. He was gentle and calm as he walked out of his stall to allow Jones to look him over,  and later, he willingly allowed himself to be led to a trailer and hauled off to the next chapter of his […]