Wally’s Progress

Wally hasn’t lunged for about one month.  I’ve been hacking him out around the farm with and without company.  I feel at this point that is what he should be doing.  However, it’s difficult to video that and I needed something for his page to show his movement and how he’s doing.  In addition, I …

Retraining Epigrammatist – The First Day

Epigrammatist came to us Saturday, April 30. He had travelled from Maine to Fair Hill, Maryland and then to Leighton Farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland within the past couple days. “Crush’s” last race was at PARX on September 15, 2021. He had retired from racing shortly after that and was let down and turned out …

Wally’s First Ride

Each first ride is similar, but has differences based on what each individual horse needs to feel safe and relaxed.   I do my best to listen to the horse and give him or her what they need on that day.  Wally is a calm and relaxed horse so this was a very easy ride.  It …

Re-Starting Wally

We restart most of the horses that come to Leighton Farm the same way. First, we evaluate them and if they are physically sound, we begin to put in place a regular training session. It happens each day, consecutively if at all possible. In Wally’s case the weather caused breaks in between sessions. This will …

Pez dispensers

It seems like every barn has at least one of them, unless it’s a private barn.  You know, that person who walks into the barn and all of the horses go crazy.  If you are there and had your horse’s focus, it’s gone.  Even if they aren’t going to give your horse anything, he becomes …

Consistency

How consistent are you while working with your horse? Do you do things the same way each time you work with him? If you use a word or phrase as a command or and aid while riding, do you follow through and ensure the horse has responded to it or do you sometimes let it …