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Personal stories

Green Pony Blog: Smile for the Dentist

October 2016

Young Dante was in the back paddock, alert and focused. He knew something was going on in the front paddock, something that involved his big brother, but there’s no line of sight from the back to the font; the house, sheds and trees block it. Dante ran along the fence, stopped, looked, head high, ears pricked. The other horses weren’t bothered. Dante gave up worrying and went back to standing nearer the rest of the herd, but maintained some attention towards the noises - and no doubt smells - coming from the front.

Green Pony Blog: The Saddle is not Chasing You

October 2016

It was only meant to be a quick, simple training session; a short groundwork session with my young horse, Dante, before I left the paddock for the day. I groomed him and, just as I was about to untie him and start some groundwork exercises, I decided to step it up a bit. I went and got the pony’s saddle. Dante had worn it once before and he’d worn a bareback pad many times. It had never been a problem - no bucking, no drama, just polite acceptance. 

Off the Track Horse Stories: September 2016

October 2016

Colicchio "Colicchio (Not A Single Doubt x Leisure Pass) raced nine times for one successful win. He was a promising horse on the track, who had a few preparations, due to knee chips, which required surgery. He was found on a Facebook page for sale in August 2014 by my sister, who then sent the advertisement onto me and I instantly fell in love with him. 

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Horse

October 2016

On our cover this month, we are proud to showcase Victorian teenager Sammi McMaster and her Off the Track mare DP Destiny otherwise known as ‘Totti’ or ‘The Queen’ at home. Sammi, along with her sister Sarah and mother Lisa, is a Racing Victoria Acknowledged Retrainer.

Green Pony Blog: Give Me Space

August 2016

Dante has a bit of a habit of wanting to jump into my arms when he gets a fright. This would be okay if he was a cat or a tiny dog, but he’s an increasingly large young horse, just tipping 15hh now. While I’ve spent a lot of time ensuring he likes being with me and wants to follow me, he needs to know that being with me doesn’t mean being on top of me.

Off the Track Horse Stories: August 2016

August 2016

Hero "Hero was just four when we got him. He was an expensive yearling, brought into Sydney for two barrier trials, and then he came north to the Toowoomba area for six starts, unfortunately with no wins.  He was quite light in condition, with a matted tail and mane, but he had a good walk and a kind eye. Hero has flourished and he’s now 11 years old. 

Off the Track: A Versatile Initiative

August 2016

An initiative of Racing Victoria launched in 2012, the Off the Track program is helping place retired racehorses in second careers. Through their network of Acknowledged Retrainers, by driving demand for the breed as a performance and pleasure horse, and educating the community about the versatility and the appropriate care and re-training of the Thoroughbred, Racing Victoria is actively ensuring Thoroughbreds are afforded appropriate care and attention before, during and after their racing life.

Green Pony Blog: Stay With Me

August 2016

I recently took an opportunity to participate in a liberty training session with my young horse, Dante. We’ve done a bit of liberty work and some things we’re doing well together; he walks with me, stops and starts when I do, turns, yields and follows. But, this training session took things to a new level.

My Working Equitation Journey: Part 2

August 2016

In last month’s article I explained that  Working Equitation is a sport consisting of several phases. The phase that I wish to focus on in this article is the Ease of Handling, also known as the Style Phase. 

Standardbred Stories: July 2016

August 2016

Rosey "Lindon’s Rose Me N is a 2006 pacing mare. Rosey and I met when she was only six days old. I worked on the breeding farm where she was born. I told her breeder that if Rosey ever needed a home after racing that I’d be honored to provide one for her.  She raced a full two- and three-year-old season, and she showed some speed and promise, but she had too much attitude, so at three-years-old she was looking for a new home. A few weeks later she came home to live with me. 


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