Changing Track

Getting Over The Thoroughbred Makeover

It was hard to accept the fact that I would not be competing in the Thoroughbred Makeover held October 25 – 28 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. I had worked tirelessly to find the horse that could win,…

Johnny Joe's Rehab Routine

Johnny Joe isn't out of the game yet. Since his injury last month, I created a rehab schedule to keep us on track while ensuring that he is recovering. Week OneReducine rub every morning, post-work 15 minute hose, and wrap…

Johnny's Spiritual Experience

Johnny Joe rightly related himself to a jump before he went lame. One moment I was slogging along full of doubt (can he do this?), full of fear, (you need to drop out of this competition, get out now), and…

Woes of Johnny Joe

Larry putting up with Johnny's antics. Did you know that the number one killer of the competitive careers of highly qualified riders is the lame horse? And that 60% of all horse conversations make reference to lameness. According to statistics,…

Strategizing

I have been in attendance of a few clinics in preparation for the Makeover Competition.  My entire focus right now is on strategy—who can help me find my horse, how I should train it, and what is the competition going…

Meet Johnny Joe

My makeover horse’s name is Johnny Joe. It’s kind of like the “Ricky Bobbie” of show jumping—two plain names combined to make a working class animal with a split personality.  When I dreamed of a horse, I dreamed of a…

Repurposing Thoroughbreds

  It is much harder to find a horse for this than I thought. The whole time frame aspect makes it feel like being on one of those timed cooking shows. I’m afraid that when the horse goes to be…

I'm a Horse Whisperer

I have been kicked seriously by horses—the majority of times while body clipping. Permanent disability has narrowly missed me multiple times and I consider this a part of my good fortune in the horse business. I am 54 and still…

The 4’6” Cavaletti

The De Nemethy Method was used in the late 60’s and 70’s as the training style for American Show Jumping and is based on a simple exercise—the 4’6” trotting caveletti, where caveletti or poles are set four-and-a-half feet apart. This…

Team Peri Whan

Over the past couple of weeks my ducks have started to line up. Unfortunately it turned out to be a false start, which is discouraging, but it does make for a good story, so I will tell it here. My…

Window Shopping

(This horse, William Z, was named after my father. I started him as a 3-year-old off the track and he became the prima ballerina of show jumping, winning numerous style awards and giving me my first crack at international competition. Thank goodness…

New Beginnings

I, Shaina Humphrey, was selected to train two off-the-track Thoroughbred for the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover Project. Now what? When I signed up I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. A friend had contacted me by email, “I think you…

In This Issue

- 10 Top Trail Rides in the Northeast
- Amazing Barn Restorations
- An Intro to Lateral Movements

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