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    Default A Voice From the Farm

    This is a beautifully written article about the Thoroughbred industry--from the perspective that is rarely talked about.

    http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ra...m_medium=email


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    Wow, great article. Thank you for sharing that!

    "Pat the horse; kick yourself" - Carl Hester


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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurieB View Post
    This is a beautifully written article about the Thoroughbred industry--from the perspective that is rarely talked about.

    http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ra...m_medium=email

    I really liked this article. Everyone hears about the amount of money that goes into these animals and I think that is part of the dismissal that you hear on Internet forums "Racing's just a business". You seldom hear about the kind of work that goes into the horses and the extremely high standards that the good horsemen set for their help. I had horses for years and it was a revelation to me.


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    Great article!



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    I am sure her sentiments are shared by most of us in thoroughbred racing . The sheer number of hours and emotions invested in the breeding, care and training of racehorses is not for the faint of heart or slackers. It is truly and indescribably a labor of love, fraught with all of the pitfalls and euphoria of love. I, too, was screaming as AP hit the top of the stretch, knowing full well what a long stretch it is. But Pharoah made it look easy so any concerns about him getting run down evaporated, and then my emotions were pure joy. What a thrill to witness his magnificent performance. As the article illustrates, getting a horse to the races is a collective effort and, man, did they ever get it right.


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    Thanks for posting this.

    I am reminded of this quote by Mary Deringer Phelps. "If I had my life to do over again, I'd probably add a few more horses."


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    Thanks for sharing!

    So nice to have a true horseman/woman define what they are. In recent years, everyone is an expert by having the money to buy, but never living the experience. She's a lucky gal.
    Being right half the time beats being half-right all the time. Malcolm Forbes


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    Great, great article. As a former horse show groom, this article hit home. However, race track grooms work a million times harder than show grooms. Show grooms get days off - depending on the level, sometimes months off.

    On show days, my day usually went from 4 am to 10 pm, but when I worked at the barn in the off season, my days usually ran from 7 to 5, and usually had time to ride.
    "Personally I wouldn't ride at a barn that cared. The best barns care about great riding and horse care." - Justa Bob



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