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    01-03-2010, 08:11 AM
I love you r harness raceing stories keep em coming. I grew up round stb horses drove m on the road all the time. Now I get shoe m for amish buggy horses. I reset a (balanced image) 4yr. Old filly yesterday the guy wants to sell a little to hot for the buggy
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    01-03-2010, 09:02 AM
So far EPM is only treatable, not curable. Ugh im dying to get back to racing. We only race at buffalo and batavia and batavia closed down early december, and buffalo opens up the 15th of Jan. I turned my pacing mare out for all of the down time, plus the last 2 weeks of racing at batavia. She just got too sore. I can't wait to bring her back though. She's going to buffalo on the 7th, and before she starts jogging back we are going to inject her ankles and hocks. She should be good then her first start. Knock on wood the last 4 yrs she's won her first start every year. She loves the breaks. So I think this year what im going to do with her is race her for a few weeks, and as soon as she starts getting sore or doesnt race as well, turn her out for a few weeks, then just keep roatating that. My goal this year is to keep her as sound and as happy as possible. She's about on her last leg as far as racing goes.... 2yrs ago she had a stellar year, best she's ever had for us... she was even racing a few starts in the filly and mares open 2. And was getting checks in there. Now her last few starts she was a 3 claimer... so im working my ass off on her this year just trying to get her right again

ETA: oh yeah, im especially excited to get back because supposedly buffalo redid the whole track during the break. Last season we had about 6 horses break coffin bones in the last couple months of racing because they had such bad holes and dips in the track (we owned one of them who broke a coffin) they were risking not having many horses there to race if they didnt fix it. So hopefully it will be better! They supposedly banked the turns too (thank god!!)
    01-03-2010, 11:27 AM
Thats good you really care about your horses. Do you stable them on the tracks or private farms? We have ours at a private farm with lots of turnout. Sometimes its hard to get our horses in to race as they are just so crowded. I'm actually not a big fan of the racing. Perhaps if I worked with a different trainer, but with this one it is frustrating as the horses are getting done what they NEED to get done to be able to race successfully. We raced a lot of horses at yonkers and a lot broke down aswell, taking months off. We've also had a bowed tendon and a few other ligament issues putting our good horses out for about half the year. Now we are racing at Monticello for about 2500, hardly seems worth it especially for the owners who have to pay training bills.
    01-03-2010, 04:31 PM
I care very much for every horse that enters my stable. No matter how much theyre worth. We have had a ton of issues in the last few years... we had one that we had 2 days die suddenly of a blood clot that moved to his brain... it was really taumatic... he was in the crossties when it happened and we hat to get him out of them and try to move him because we werent sure what was happening... lots of stumbling and flailing.... ugh... anyway over the past couple years there have been a few with broken coffins, 1 bowed, 1 with suspensory damage (she came to us that way and we just couldnt fix her) 3 entrapped pallets- only 1 we had surgery on (the crazy trotting mare I told you about), the other 2 we got rid of, our poor boy Polka came to us with a chip in his knee that the former owners knew about but wouldnt take care of, we had that taken out, then he broke his freaking rear sesamoid... so we got that taken care of. THEN he had his knee injected and it apparently was a bad batch of genesin that was put in with it and his knee blew up like crazy, but its ok now. He's a great boy and a good racehorse, he feel so much better now. The other day my cousin went out to jog him and he bucked and kicked until he bucked him out of the cart and then took off. He just felt soo good.... this is Polka right after his surgery on his sesamoid:

    01-03-2010, 05:33 PM
Aww Polka is cute!!

My boss likes to rehab horses but tends to forget about other issues they may have. We have one where the owner wanted to buy this horse sooo bad, finally claimed him. Raced once and then BROKE his knee. Owner paid for surgery and screws in there, and he is now racing again but is as fat as a cow! Another one, has ringbone in one leg, bowed her OTHER tendon, had surgery on that and now looks fabulous but the ringbone leg is filled with fluid, she's only 4.

I don't think we have one horse with absolutely NO issues ... lol!! Even the filly we just got in to break this fall, came to us with 3 splints, and a big back ankle...
    01-04-2010, 10:47 AM
Thanks. I wish he wasnt a gelding. He's so well bred and so good looking and a great racehorse, I would have bred him to my mare instead of the other stud we used the first 2 times....

Oh I know what its like to have one break down their first start. My uncle bought 2 horses for $35,000 for the pair. The one broke a coffin the first start.... and the other turned out to be crappy he's amazing a buying crap horses for a lot of money lol. The other that was crappy we believe was an Epogen horse... which sucks. We had 2 so far that turned out to be Epogen horses. And if you know about epogen.. it can be a great drug (as far as performance goes, not that I condone using it) , but most guys don't understand the dosing and overdose them, and it becomes non-effective, and then they crash off of it. And typically an epogen horse never comes back from the crash....

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