Aftercare Spotlight

Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: So Long But Not Goodbye

“The future depends on what we do in the present.” – Mahatma Gandhi It was about seven years ago that I wrote the first installment of what would become known as the “Aftercare Spotlight” series for the Paulick Report, and it’s fitting that, for me, the journey ends where it all began. It was about […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Gentle Approach Of Square Peg

“Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It’s that you’re destroying the peg.” – Paul Collins, author of Not Even Wrong: A Father’s Journey into the Lost History of Autism In the town of Half Moon, […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Desensitizing Horses For Racing And Life

Everyone wants a horse that can handle its surroundings. Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of the sales grounds, the energy-charged environment on race day, the controlled chaos of a horse show or simply hacking out in unfamiliar territory, a horse that doesn’t lose its marbles and resort to “flight mode” when the unfamiliar or […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Ponying Off The Track

Tom and Clare Mansmann have a knack for off-track Thoroughbreds, there’s no question about that. At their Pacific Farms, Inc., an equestrian facility in Middleburg, Va., specializing in lessons, boarding, showing and sales, they transition off-track Thoroughbreds into everything from eventers and hunter/jumpers to fox hunters, trail horses and more and are often sought out […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Prospecting For Polo Potential

Growing up on his family’s Morgan horse farm, it was of little surprise that Nick Rennekamp would center his life’s work around horses. What was less obvious at the time was that his specialty would focus on Thoroughbreds, starting them under saddle, conditioning them as racehorses and training them for polo. The world of polo […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A ‘Passport’ To A Second Career

There’s no doubt about it, Brookline was bred for greatness. Out of the iconic broodmare Cara Rafaela, a Grade 1 winner herself who produced the likes of superstar sire Bernardini, Brookline had some big shoes to fill. It was at Margaux Farm, a Thoroughbred training center located in Midway, Ky., that farm trainer Dermot Littlefield […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Thoroughbred Makeover Bridges Gap Between On-Track And Off

It was hard to be at the Kentucky Horse Park this past week and not be inspired by all that surrounded you. There, hundreds of Thoroughbreds, all with eight months or less of retraining since their last race or published work, showed off their new skills, doing everything from jumping and running with hounds through […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Wet Weather Woes

How’s the weather where you are? If you answered “wet,” you’re in the same boat as much of the rest of the country…and that boat may come in handy with all of this rain! Rain can wreak havoc in a number of ways; it can also do a number on your horse, and if that […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘The Toughest Off-Track Horse’ Finds Her Way

Just like humans, every horse is different. They react differently to situations, they learn things in different ways and they express themselves in a nuanced and unique fashion. As we’ve covered in this column time and time again, Thoroughbreds can often make a successful and relatively easy transition from racing to riding or showing. They […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Perseverance Of A ‘Gentleman Pirate’

Every horse person has their “heart horse.” It’s that horse for which there is no equal, at least in your eyes. To you, that horse is your absolute one, your favorite beyond all others. It’s a horse that, for whatever reason, you connected with on a deeper level than you even knew was possible.  If […]

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