Indie's racing days
I've been trying to find pictures of Indie back from when she was racing, but to no avail.. but I found a list of all her results on equibase and apparently the Fort Erie racetrack has videos saved from years back, so I got to watch a few.
I just thought it was interesting to see her in her race days, even though I do wish she hadn't raced for so long.
That's so cool, all I have of Lucas are a couple of his racing photos.
He's the little grey who won.
It's definitely neat, isn't it? :) I just wish I could find some yearling or weanling photos.
I've found videos and pictures of my guy from when he was on the track (for 5 years!). We contacted the tracks he ran at and they were able to help us quite a bit! Currently, I'm trying to find weanling/yearing pics too! I contacted the JC about it. Gave them his registered name, tatto #, and birth date... maybe they'll have some idea... Good luck trying to find pictures and videos! It's definitely a treasure hunt!
Oh, that's funny because I didn't know Indie's JC name and I saw "Just Fine" on the screen and thought that I kinda liked that name. Cute and simple. I love horse names and the TB industry comes up with some of the best.
I also found some of my new boys races. He won 2 races and for both of them he came from 2nd to last and won with a huge move in the last stretch. It's fun to watch them and cheer him on even though I know the outcome!! I haven't found any pictures of him though. Where do you guys find those?
It definitely is.. maybe I could contact her original owner. She was smelling the air the other day and I caught sight of her lip tattoo.. maybe I'll try to get a picture of it next time.
And yep! That's her. :) They definitely come up with some interesting ones, I think Indie got one of the more "normal" ones, haha.
I found a bunch of race records for her too, I guess her "style" was starting near the back and then she'd pull to the front. I think watching the videos gave me a better idea on how to handle her training almost.
I'm not sure about the pictures, I haven't found any yet unfortunately. Maybe try equibase?
It's so much fun to dig up a TB's history. My old TB was born in '78 in Kentucky and as a 2-year old he went to Great Britain to start his career, he came back to the states as a 3-year old and retired from racing at 4. He was then purchased by a show jumper on the West coast and competed at pretty high levels, then he was sold to someone who used him for 3-day eventing, he then went on to become a 4th level Dressage horse, wound up in a college equestrian program, and I got him when he was 21 years old from the people who bought him from the program...best horse ever. It was so hard to find all of his information, but I started at the college and worked my way back and contacted the JC with tattoo information and worked my way forward...unfortunately I was never able to get racing photos of him or pictures of him as a baby.
My current TB was on the track until he was 7 and I purchased him from his owner/trainer. I got his tatoo number, found out his racing results and got this awesome picture from Belmont Park:
I'm also in the process of finding more pictures of him when he was younger.
I think the best bet is to get in touch with the track, find out the trainer, try to contact the trainer and explain that you own this horse now and you would love to see pictures of her when she younger. If all goes well, the trainer will provide you with contact information of the owner, who either will have photos or who can direct you to a previous owner or breeder.
And I found the trainer/breeder/owner name on the equibase site so I'll have to try to figure out contact information for them. Thanks! :)
I had Irish on Recovery EQ too, but he didn't like the taste of it. I have switched him over to CetylM and he is doing really well on that. My feelings were the same about a horse being on the track so long, but then I realized how nice and well built my horse must be if he retired from the track at 7 and he's still sound. He does have an old splint, but other than that he's good to go.
She seems to be eating all her grain so she must either like the taste or it's mixed well with her grain and rice bran oil.
Indie has an old splint as well, down near her fetlock which was the vet's biggest concern. We had x-rays done and the vet said they were better than they thought. The vet figured she had mild arthritis because of the racing but the x-ray showed quite a bit of cartiliage and that arthritis was only starting.. so the supplements will have a great impact. :) No jumping but she could be awesome for lower level dressage.
And that was my thought as well.. my instructor says she is basically half gazelle and has straight back legs.. which I haven't found to be the case. I had her critiqued awhile ago and every said she had very nice conformation for jumping/dressage as well as really strong coupling. :) She's pretty stiff but in a month or two, she should be going great.
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