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Meet Fiesty Day

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Fiesty Day (registered name looks like typo) is a classic racing warrior! He’s 11 years old and just retired from racing in 2017. A hardworking racehorse, Fiesty Day ran 58 times, earning $219,541 steadily over his many years at the track.

Despite his athletic ability Fiesty Day has gentle ground manners. His race trainer used to let his young daughter “ride” Fiesty Day around the shedrow aisles. Fiesty Day would quietly walk along, letting the trainer lead him while the little girl sat happily in the saddle.

Fiesty Day was bred in Louisiana. He raced exclusively in his home state, hitting the boards at Evangeline, Delta Downs, Fairgrounds and Louisiana Downs racetracks. But even kindhearted warriors have to stop running eventually. Fiesty Day started to get slower and slower — and finally it was clear that his racing days were over.

Like all older pro athletes, Fiesty Day has acquired a few sports injuries over the years. He’s ready to enjoy a less speedy job now. Fiesty was donated to LOPE so that he can get the time he needs to rest up, rehab and get prepared for that more laid back second career.

Like all older pro athletes, Fiesty Day has acquired a few sports injuries over the years. He’s ready to enjoy a less speedy job now. Fiesty was donated to LOPE so that he can get the time he needs to rest up, rehab and get prepared for that more laid back second career.

Several folks in LA came together to help Fiesty Day’s journey to LOPE. Gulf Coast Thoroughbred Network helped Fiesty Day transition from the track and come to LOPE. Cedar Lane Farm provided Fiesty with a layup while waiting for a transport to be arranged from LA to TX.

Fiesty Day arrived at LOPE in need of rest and some weight-gain. Tall and lanky, he hadn’t thrived well in pasture turnout during the torrential spring rain season in LA. Fiesty was a gentle soul who took hours to leisurely eat his meals in a stall. He wasn’t good at quickly eating his hay/grain in a pasture — and his LA herd mates easily bossed him away from his food.

Once at LOPE, Fiesty Day was put on a diet of alfalfa, hay and senior feed. He has a stall (with a pen attached) for the long, slow meals he loves so much. During the day, he is in a small pasture with Flavor — they are best friends (as long as Flavor can’t steal his food). Fiesty Day has been gaining weight steadily — and his sweet, curious personality has emerged more each day.

Fiesty does have a rehab issue. He has been diagnosed with an upward fixation of the patella (or locking patella). Our vets recommended that Fiesty Day be on rehab program of handwalking over hills and obstacles for 30-45 minutes daily. If he improves over the next two-three months (due to muscle conditioning), he can transition into riding work. But if he doesn’t improve in that time, Fiesty Day will undergo a minor surgery to help correct the issue.

The good news is that Fiesty Day has clean legs otherwise — and his prognosis to be a flat/pleasure riding horse is excellent! With his kind temperament and gentle ways, he has the perfect personality for that job.

We would like people to follow Fiesty Day’s progress at LOPE. He is a horse who draws people to him with his sweet face and gangly legs, he often seems more like a teenage puppy than a full-grown TB warhorse!

Fiesty is in Need of:

  • 2-3 months daily in-hand rehab
  • Regular supply of alfalfa, hay and Bluebonnet senior feed
  • Lots of shavings (he loves to paw them)
  • Regular farrier care
  • Follow-up vet exams as he progresses (one every 4-8 weeks)
  • Assessment and retraining for second career (whatever he decides that will be)
  • A college fund (in case he wants to go back to school)
Make a Donation to Fiesty

LOPE and Fiesty Day would like to thank Gulf Coast Thoroughbred Network for helping him safely transition from the track and come to Texas.. As always, much gratitude to Austin Equine Hospital for their dedicated, compassionate care of the LOPE horses (most notably the racing warriors like Fiesty Day).

See Fiesty’s race record and pedigree.

Austin Equine Hospital Sugar Land Stables Schleese
American Association of Equine Technicians and Assistants Paddock Foundation Soft Ride Boots
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Two Socks Designs Moose Pants Studio
Thoroughbred Charities of America Scissortail Hill Equestrian Secretariat Foundation
Blanco River Academy Equine Express Sam Houston Race Park