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    Blasi got a "vacation", and Steve thought it was...

    Blasi got a "vacation", and Steve thought it was the right PR move to make at the time. I'm surprised it took him this long to make his way back to the barn. The only thing I can add, is that loose...
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    Yes, it's common for a horse to be galloped slow...

    Yes, it's common for a horse to be galloped slow the first mile if they are galloping 2 miles. It's not the horses choice, but instructions from the trainer.
  3. Almost impossible to tell from what you've...

    Almost impossible to tell from what you've posted. The time off from August to April could be anything. How old was the horse? Was there a big drop in class?
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    Usually a racetrack is a mile, the horses back up...

    Usually a racetrack is a mile, the horses back up at a jog, then turn around and gallop, so a typical training is a mile and a half. Depending on the horse, and the kind of race your getting him...
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    Nope, average...knees near the pommel. Willie...

    Nope, average...knees near the pommel. Willie has long legs, which make him appear to be "higher". His lower leg is firmly on the horses side. When I galloped, I rode short, I galloped a lot of...
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    Riding with short irons helps with leverage on a...

    Riding with short irons helps with leverage on a tough horse. CC is a tough horse, so Willie rides short thus he is way off the horses back. Some riders are just more comfortable that way too.

    A...
  7. I don't think they ever gave anyone a 1/2 length...

    I don't think they ever gave anyone a 1/2 length advantage, but it's a good question. We've used both over the years and the last pair I had made were the traditional ones. One thing that did...
  8. Blacksmith was just out last week, wish you had...

    Blacksmith was just out last week, wish you had posted sooner!
  9. I hate to tell you this minnie, but some riders...

    I hate to tell you this minnie, but some riders are used because they will "ride anything". Not saying this is the case here, but true nonetheless
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  10. Also wanted to add, I see you're in Md...me too,...

    Also wanted to add, I see you're in Md...me too, just wondering how much history you have on her. I may be able to help, you can pm me if you'd like.
  11. Will she pony? Just thinking that you may want...

    Will she pony? Just thinking that you may want to try this, and let her get comfortable, but of course you then will have to wean her off of her "friend". What does she do threatening (rear,...
  12. Is she doing this with a rider on her or just...

    Is she doing this with a rider on her or just hand walking? I'm asking because I'm trying to figure out where you are in retraining.

    And yes, I've seen horses that have refused to break or train...
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    Personally I would wrap with an Animalintex pad,...

    Personally I would wrap with an Animalintex pad, then vetwrap and duct tape over that to help it stay on. Elastoplast is also a great alternative to duct tape. Probably would start him on some...
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    Try a cocoa mat for the ramp. Hope he heals...

    Try a cocoa mat for the ramp. Hope he heals quickly!
  15. Ferris Allen, and yes, give him a call.

    Ferris Allen, and yes, give him a call.
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    My old friend Willie gallops him, wishing them...

    My old friend Willie gallops him, wishing them the best of luck in May!
    http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/missoceana22/willieCaliChrome_zps9831603c.jpg
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    I remember Andrea riding Valley Crossing, he was...

    I remember Andrea riding Valley Crossing, he was a beast. There was a good filly that she rode for him too, Star Minister. She had a screw loose and I remember Andrea telling me that she dared not...
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    RIP Dickie Small

    Another excellent horseman gone too soon. Dickie exemplified how training racehorses should be done. A true gentleman who always had a kind word, he will truly be missed.
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  19. Read my mind Toadie...:)

    Read my mind Toadie...:)
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    That was probably a Dr. Harthill...

    That was probably a Dr. Harthill concoction...some nasty stuff!
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    Ice for the first 48 hours, then heat is he...

    Ice for the first 48 hours, then heat is he general rule...or basically to get things cooled down before you start with heat. The thought behind pin firing is indeed circulation, and remember that...
  22. Angelico, once again you are misinformed. Yes...

    Angelico, once again you are misinformed. Yes you can scratch a horse, even walking over to the paddock if you had to. Been there, done that.

    We had a great meet at Oaklawn, won a Grade 3, and...
  23. And to Angelico, as far as scratching a horse...

    And to Angelico, as far as scratching a horse before a race, it can be done. Trainer says horse is acting colicky, etc and bam, your horse is scratched.
  24. I'm not sure where I'm making excuses for what...

    I'm not sure where I'm making excuses for what happened, but I suppose if you haven't actually done it I shouldn't expect you to get it.
  25. I am an ex jock, and was a work rider for many...

    I am an ex jock, and was a work rider for many good outfits. This meaning that I've been on the backs of 1000's of horses when they were running at near top speed. I've been on horses that aren't...
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