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    03-01-2008, 10:30 PM

Lol well me and my friend have pretty much the fastest horses at the barn and we decided we wanted to make a race on the last day of school to see whose horse is faster. At the moment she can outrun me but I tend to hold Junior back because I don't run him the way she runs her horse since he has knee problems. I tend to let Junior go at his own pace.

Well lately I have let him go out alot more and he seems to be getting faster at the moment he still stays behind her horse but only a little ways. Although one time Junior ran and she couldn't catch up with him. So yea anybody have any racing ideas to get his legs in top shape for this? Since he has knee problems I want to take an approach to this where I don't stress him out or anything but running how he wants too. I just want some preparing ideas. I have about two to three months left until the big race and I really need to start getting him in shape for it.
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    03-01-2008, 10:41 PM
    03-01-2008, 10:48 PM
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    03-01-2008, 10:55 PM
I understand your concern and all and I am worried about him some cases but his knees actually are way way better than they ever were right now. He seems to get better the more I let him do stuff. His knees don't wobble anymore and his run doesn't have as many issues and every time the other horses run you can tell deep in his heart he has the strength to do it and he wants to.

I know he can do it because he has done alot of things and been fine as long as he has the proper stretching and warm up he's usually fine.
    03-01-2008, 10:57 PM
    03-01-2008, 11:10 PM
Are you saying I would risk my horse?

I care about Junior alot and I have been with him long enough to know his limits and if he ever goes over it I stop him that's what I always do.
    03-01-2008, 11:13 PM
    03-01-2008, 11:25 PM
No its ok because your just preaching your opinion which yes I understand what your talking about but from my experiences with him every day he seems fine that's why I think it will be ok.

I even talked to my trainer about it and she even said it would be fine. His knees are alot stronger right now and he runs pretty much every ride anyway. It would be like any other day when he runs.

Even though he has had his issues at time I tend to know what his limits are and if I feel he reaches his limit I will quit or stop because he wont be able to do it. That's basically how I approach it right now. Since me and my friends tend to run together alot I usually slow or stop Junior if I feel he has reached his limit that's mainly because he wont stop until he runs funny which I found out the hard way.
    03-07-2008, 05:58 PM
No offense, but if he can full out gallop and race... what ARE his so-called limits? Galloping is kind of the hardest thing a horse can really do, especially on his knees (hence why so many OTTB have bad knees).
A lot of people think their horses can do much more then they really can, simply because they don't look at the situation in a realistic manner. A weak-kneed horse is simply NOT a candidate for racing, or even a little one with a rider on his back. I'm sure he could get away with it, but that doesn't mean he's comfortable (just because he loves running doesn't mean it doesn't hurt). Also, it's how horse's break legs on the track--they have a little 'wobble' because of their knee, take a bad step, and BAM! Broken leg. And guess what happens to you when your horse slams into the dirt at 35 miles and hour? Trust me, it isn't pretty.
Just saying.
    03-07-2008, 08:33 PM

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