Pajeen Delp grew up in her Hall of Fame-father's shed row, walking hots and learning the business from the ground up. Just before her father, Buddy Delp, passed away in 2006, he told her he would hate to be in the horse racing industry today, according to theracingbiz.com. Eleven years later, during which she trained on her own for two years, Delp has decided that her father was right, because “people don't listen to the horses anymore.”
“I had the privilege to come up under a Hall of Fame trainer that ALWAYS put the horse first,” she explained. “For the past few years I have worked for people whose standard of horsemanship wasn't what I was accustomed to, and I became frustrated and disheartened. It became a pattern, and recently I began studying that pattern. In the 21 years I have been working in the racing industry, I have noticed a steady decline, one becoming exponentially worse the past few years.
“My forte is soundness, and diagnosing what's wrong with a horse and how to treat it,” continues Delp. “I was taught that to train, you have to know how to diagnose. But in recent years, I've seen horses run that weren't sound, that had lung infections – that should not have been in a race but were.”
Read more of Delp's explanation for leaving the racing industry at theracingbiz.com.
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