Everyone knows someone who’s naturally good with horses, or who's simply learned how to be good at what they do. But what makes a good horsemen great?
Ever wondered what pacing is, where it comes from, what hopples are, or if Standardbreds can actually canter? It's all covered in this article about everything pacing!
We see it in harness racing, and we see it in eventing. They’re two very different sports, but both with their own sets of risks. While these moments are frequently outweighed by the amazing, breathtaking moments that everyone in the horse world strives and lives for, they still happen. And they suck. There’s no way around it. Sometimes it’s just a terrible situation, and you’re left wondering how exactly it happened, and what your next step should be.
At the end of the day, fancy new racetrack or not, there’s yet to be the major shift in mentality so desperately needed in Alberta. It’s going to take risk, and it’s going to take something new, and something that hasn’t been done before to bring back those crowds and the sheer love and joy for the sport.
The fact that these amazing athletes have had an entire other career will mean that some steps in this process will come faster, and some steps will come a little slower. This has nothing to do with their breed, but everything with the fact that they have been taught something different previously.
We've all heard someone say, "But my horse never raced." There seems to be this odd concept circulating that because the horse doesn’t have an extensive race history that they were never taught any of the skills, or learned any of the habits, they would have acquired in a lengthy career as a racehorse. So what do they know?
When the going gets tough the community surrounding these amazing horses has never failed to come together. The global Thoroughbred community was there to support Classy Lane and the Standardbred community when we were faced with an unimaginable loss, and now they need our help.
“The heart of racing is when a group of people drop everything to stand in a stall for five hours to save a horse that they don’t own.” – Karen Sobey, owner of Prince Sharka
Times have changed. With the introduction of social media, society has completely changed in how it sends, receives and accesses information. But horse racing here in Alberta seems to be struggling to adapt. Why?
I’d like to introduce you to an amazing community of people. A community you’ve probably heard of, but probably do not know very much about. They are some of the most resilient, hard working people you will ever meet. They are opinionated, they are honest, they are a little eccentric, and they know hundreds of ways to fix any problem you can think of.