Category: Racehorse Education Program

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LOPE Orientation Process for New “Students”

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We get many inquiries about our training technique at the LOPE Ranch. It’s usually a straightforward process that simply involves some time and patience with the new ex-racehorses that arrive here. Below is the basic outline of our approach: Turnout If the horses are coming straight from the track, we like to give them some [...]

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Big Bold Red: Training Update

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Big Bold Red is a lovely 6-year-old dark chestnut mare with a very nice pedigree (including Alydar and Seattle Slew). Her race owner gave her a year off from racing and then donated her to LOPE so that Big Bold could find a terrific new career. Big Bold immediately impressed us with her sweet and [...]

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Lucky Maria: Training Update

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Lucky Maria is a beautiful 7-year-old dark bay mare with a lovely pedigree (including Alydar). Her race owner gave her a year off from racing and then donated her to LOPE so that Maria could find a terrific new career. Maria had been the herd boss back at the race farm. A stocky, well-built mare, [...]

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Ruff Slew

Ruff Slew Update

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Ruff Slew (aka “Parker”) had been making terrific progress in his training with Holly Flint of Flint Equestrian. He was working quietly in his walk-trot-canter sessions in the big covered arena. Parker had begun stepping over poles as part of a long, slow introduction to jumping one day in the future too. As a three-year-old [...]

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Call Me Cleo

Call Me Cleo: Case Study

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Assessment of Cleo Call Me Cleo is a three-year-old gelding at LOPE. He was donated by his breeder after his initial under saddle work revealed that Cleo was not a good candidate for racing. As the trainer at the race training facility noted, Cleo is a big, growing horse — and he runs like a [...]

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Call Me Cleo

Call Me Cleo

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Call Me Cleo is a three-year-old chestnut TB gelding with a blaze. He went to a farm to begin his under saddle and race training in December — but didn’t show much aptitude for speed. Cleo was home raised by a responsible and caring race breeder named Karen. She had waited an extra year to [...]

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Silver Red Bird Update

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Red Bird has just finished her 30-day assessment with Laura at Poseidon Sport Horses! She has made great progress since her arrival there. At first, Red Bird was hesitant to relax in new surroundings — and she was quite worried about trusting new people. Her initial response was to go right into “flee” mode — [...]

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Apalache King

Apalache King Update

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King has just finished his 30-day assessment with Laura at Poseidon Sport Horses! He has done incredibly well with everything — and has become quite a favorite at the barn. King came straight from Retama Race Park to Poseidon — he had run in a race just a few days beforehand. Typically, we like to [...]

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Apalache King

Apalache King

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Apalache King is a super handsome, five-year-old @16.3H bay gelding now in LOPE’s training initiative program. King came straight to Poseidon Sport Horses from Retama racetrack — and he is now in a 30-day assessment there with Laura Whitfield. He will be up for adoption soon — we just want to get to know him [...]

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Silver Red Bird

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Silver Red Bird (aka “Red Bird”) is a beautiful, six-year-old grey mare at LOPE. She came directly into our Training Initiative Program straight from Retama racetrack in early January. Red Bird had come in second and third a few times, but had never won a race. As a six-year-old maiden, her racing options were limited [...]

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