September 17, 2012
With the right handling, retired racehorses can become suitable for second careers.
We have been thinking about buying a retired racehorse from an acquaintance. This mare has unbelievable conformation. She is a big, high-strung 8-year-old with a lot of attitude. The mare has a race record and had a speed index of 92 in the race she won. I have a feeling she could be a champion. I'm not a novice, but I'm not an expert horseman either. I'd say a 7 on the horse sense scale of 1-10! Can you offer some advice on transforming this racehorse into a performance halter horse?
Because your mare has earned a race Register of Merit, she is e
ligible for the performance halter. Lots of handling and lots of exercise will help to calm her down. Making her stand for periods of time in different locations will also help.
She will need to learn how to stand square and walk and trot beside you. She will need to carry more weight than when she was racing, so be sure to feed her lots of high-quality grain and hay and, of course, fresh water.
– Patti Carter-Pratt, AQHA executive director of shows
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