Category: Horses for Adoption

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Ruff Slew and Flint Equestrian

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LOPE is excited to announce that Holly Flint of Flint Equestrian will be working with LOPE’s training initiative program! A talented eventing competitor and all-around trainer, Holly has a special fondness for OTTBs. Holly was a long-time student of Nancy Lindsey (Richmond, TX). She also has worked extensively with Clark Montgomery (Winner of the 2011 [...]

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Showtime Queen at Tom Curtin Clinic

Showtime Queen and the Tom Curtin Clinic

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Before the Clinic At the beginning of November, I began working with Showtime Queen (aka “Queenie”) in the round pen. My goal was to prepare her for the Tom Curtin Colt Starting clinic at the end of November. We began with some simple ground work (walking circles around me, suppling exercises, backing up, and so [...]

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A Tale of Two Rides: Mystery Blessing

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Ride 1 Since our last blog post about Mystery, many fun and exciting developments have been going on with her training with Laura at Poseidon Sport Horses. A few weeks ago, I took a lesson with Laura and rode Mystery myself! This was a big deal to me, as I had a fall from a [...]

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Showtime Queen

Showtime Queen

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Showtime Queen (aka “Queenie”) was donated to LOPE a few months ago. She is a cute and intelligent filly — but she absolutely detested the track lifestyle and racing. Queenie developed serious ulcers at the track and had a great deal of difficulty holding weight. Her race trainer (Tammy) is an excellent horseman and cares [...]

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Mystery Blessing Progress Report

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Laura at Poseidon Sport Horses has been riding Mystery regularly for the past several weeks. The groundwork from earlier sessions has really prepared Mystery for her saddle time with Laura. Just like on the ground, Laura helps Mystery learn how to move her shoulders and front legs more freely from the saddle. The rides are [...]

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Mystery Blessing at the LOPE Ranch

Ground Work Assessment Sessions

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Recently, both PJ’s Wish and Mystery Blessing received some ground work and assessment at LOPE. With multiple trainers interested in working with our new training initiative, we wanted to do some preliminary sessions with both horses — so that we could decide which trainer (and discipline) might be the best match for each of them. [...]

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The LOPE Training Horses: Mystery Blessing

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LOPE is excited to announce that we have two horses in our new training initiative. One is a lovely four-year-old filly named Mystery Blessing (aka “Blessing”). She was donated to LOPE by Betty Knox and Carrol Key of Southwestern Racing, LLC — and she has had exceptional care and handling for her entire life. Blessing [...]

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The LOPE Training Horses: PJ’s Wish

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We are very excited to announce that PJ’s Wish, a handsome three-year-old gelding, has joined the new LOPE training initiative! His breeder and race owners — Phil and Glenna Leckinger and Star Bright Thoroughbreds — donated PJ’s Wish to LOPE specifically to be part of our new training program. PJ’s Wish has a famous father [...]

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The Right Match

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At LOPE, we’ve been involved with nearly 200 horse adoptions here at the ranch. We’ve seen many amazing matches between horse and human, and it’s one of the most rewarding parts of our work. The surprises are what make the adoptions extra fun to watch — like the difficult, complicated horse who falls in love [...]

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Who Makes the Best Adopters?

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I’m often asked what it takes to become an approved adopter of LOPE horses. There are a couple of answers to that question. The first answer is practical: we have folks fill out our approval form, check their references and watch how they interact with the horse they are interested in. We like to see [...]

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