Thoroughbred Makeover Diary: ‘Pulling Out All the Stops’ with Finnick the Fierce

Thoroughbred Makeover Diary: ‘Pulling Out All the Stops’ with Finnick the Fierce

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“Did you expertise any occasions that triggered a big setback in your coaching plans?”

I’m watching that query on my RRP Thoroughbred Makeover last entry proper now and I don’t know learn how to reply that, the quick reply being a convincing “sure.” I’m unsure what number of blogs are too many blogs describing how far behind I really feel in my coaching with Finnick the Fierce, however this one will likely be no totally different. The previous month has been taken up by holidays and ear infections rivaling any I had whereas in diapers, so Finnick has gotten the month to principally flip right into a feral Bluegrass pony. 

Yesterday I introduced him in from the sphere with a concerted effort to try to scrub off the feral and switch him again right into a horse that will likely be competing on the Makeover in two months. I can’t imagine how rapidly time has handed. Whereas I used to be pulling burrs out of his tail and he was falling asleep to the reduction from all the itches he couldn’t scratch, I used to be fascinated about how a lot I’d fallen in love with him. The setbacks we’ve had don’t matter to me. He and his happiness are what drive me day-after-day and sure, we’ve handled pores and skin issues, hoof points, perspective, discomfort – however on the finish of the day, if this horse simply finally ends up being my companion, a horse that I get to pamper and brush all day lengthy, that’s sufficient for me. 

I’m positive that enrages individuals. How did I find yourself with this star athlete and I’m not going to push him to be the following huge sport horse that comes off the monitor? It’s nonetheless one thing I take into consideration day-after-day after I examine him to the numerous different OTTBs I do know. Granted it’s not one thing to put in writing off but both. Finnick is 5 years previous. At this fall’s makeover, he gained’t have even been off the monitor for one 12 months. I stated in my interview with Natalie Nevills when Finn first retired to me that I used to be going to take it slowly with him. I used to be going to let him inform me what he needs to do. Proper now, he and his physique are telling me he nonetheless must settle in, to determine learn how to deal with a post-track life. 

After I first began working my fingers over him yesterday, I used to be impressed by how nice his coat seemed and felt, however after I reached his again, I observed the identical tell-tale indicators of “funk” he’d had beforehand. What I assumed we had conquered with probiotics, dietary supplements galore and a few medicated baths was again. Not in full pressure prefer it was over the winter, when 1 / 4 of his coat had fallen out fully, however it was again nonetheless. I additionally noticed an enormous crack down the facet of his proper entrance that wasn’t there after I left for Alaska. I’ve wished to place him again on Kombat Boots for some time and that is the ultimate push that’s going to get me to spend the cash to get him on it. Finn is a delicate man, and any discomfort he feels is mirrored in our rides, so now, with two months to the Makeover, I’m pulling out all of the stops.  

So, simply now after I pressed “submit” on my entry we went with Aggressive Path as an alternative of Dressage. If issues had gone a little bit in a different way we would have caught with my unique plan and went Dressage, performing to a Backstreet Boys music like we dreamed of, however all the pieces in me was telling me that the true win will likely be if I can get his situation as much as my requirements, and mess around on the path course.

So far as I’m involved, an important a part of the Retired Racehorse Mission’s Thoroughbred Makeover is the enjoyable and neighborhood it builds, and naturally, the love of the horse. If I trailer Finnick into the Kentucky Horse Park in October and all we do is look fairly whereas we cheer on our buddies Oak Hill and Leah Alessandroni within the dressage ring, then that’s what we’re going to do. If I can get on and fulfill my dream of education exterior the Rolex Area, that’s what we’re going to do. If we faculty and he feels good and I believe I can get him via the Head of the Lake, I can die glad the identical day. It doesn’t matter what occurs, we’re going to have a enjoyable arrange with celebratory drinks exterior his stall for whoever needs to affix us as a result of we’re alive and since we are able to. On daily basis I keep above floor and get the prospect to construct a relationship with this horse I get to name mine is an effective day, particularly if I’m surrounded by my buddies and like-minded individuals who know the love of an OTTB. 

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