thoroughbred retirement

Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A Lasting First-Timers’ Bond

If you’re interested in horses long enough, you will eventually have a select group of horses from your past that, for whatever reason, hold a special meaning. It could be the first horse you ever rode, owned or bred. Maybe it’s a horse that taught you an important lesson. It could even be a horse […]

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Lead Pony 101 Presented By Nupafeed: Practicing At Churchill Downs

For the past two weeks, the Paulick Report has been following the journey of a bay Thoroughbred gelding named “Trajan” as he transitions from a racing career to that of a lead pony. In the first week Trey learned some of the basic cues he would need for his new job, and in the second […]

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Lead Pony 101 Presented By Nupafeed: Learning To Lead

Last week the Paulick Report introduced a bay Thoroughbred gelding named “Trajan,” observing the process as the 4-year-old began his transition from a racing career to that of a lead pony. Trey immediately proved his disposition and sensibility make him an ideal candidate for the job, and the kind-eyed youngster picked up on his early […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Where Restrictions Create Opportunities

For nearly as long as Thoroughbreds have raced against one another in organized pari-mutuel events, there have been breed and age restrictions to qualify for certain races. The same is true for the horse show world. Classes can be (and often are) restricted by age, level of training of the horse, rider and breed. In […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘Hollywood’ Catcher

There’s no doubt that Thoroughbreds, especially the off-track variety, are making a resurgence in the non-racing sectors. Their popularity is increasing not only in the show rings, but on trails, ranches, lesson stables and infinite other places throughout the horse world. One of the last places you might expect to find a Thoroughbred, though, is […]

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The Elephant In The Room: Racing Can Do More To Take Care Of Its Own

As the Thoroughbred industry makes another push toward federal legislation standardizing drug testing in racing, one of the central questions will be what reformed testing will cost. Expense is, after all, part of the reason disparities lurk between various state commission drug testing contracts now. In the course of covering stories related to drug testing, […]

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Market Forces Bring Good News, New Challenges For Aftercare

The American sporthorse industry has seen a greater push towards off-track Thoroughbreds in the past decade, which has unquestionably given more horses options as they leave the track. Trade press spends a lot of time examining market trends at bloodstock auctions, but as a demand for off-track Thoroughbreds has developed, it is subject to economic […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Summer Camp Life

Summer camp can be a life-changing experience for a child. Often it is the first time they’ve been away from their family for a prolonged period other than school and the experience can play a key role in helping them find their identity. At Forrestel Riding Camp, an international all-girls overnight English riding camp between […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Teaching And Learning

Last Sunday during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, a retraining and adoption facility for retired Thoroughbred racehorses, took full advantage of a prime location on the Kentucky Horse Park grounds to showcase the facility and horses to the masses at the inaugural Omelette and Mimosa Brunch.  In addition to brunch, the event […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Don’t Discount The ‘War Horse’

All too often Thoroughbred trainer, off-track Thoroughbred agent and OTTB advocate Mary Tate hears the same description from clients looking to purchase a horse off the racetrack as a riding or competition mount.  “We’re looking for something between the ages of three and five years old with less than 20 starts,” horse shoppers tell her […]

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