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Seattle Slew: Trained in dressage as a two-year-old to stay sound

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  • Seattle Slew: Trained in dressage as a two-year-old to stay sound

    I posted this on the eventing forum but this seems such an obvious and conscientious thing to do with young horses, I don't know why it isn't routine. Especially with a horse that has conformational issues, like Seattle Slew.



    http://www.thepilot.com/news/2011/ju...-seattle-slew/

  • #2
    What a nice article! Thanks for posting that.

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    • #3
      It is routine in my barn.
      McDowell Racing Stables

      Home Away From Home

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      • #4
        Nice article. Thanks for sharing.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
          It is routine in my barn.
          As is in ours. We'll teach ours to jump a bit as well. The trainer I ride for (a former jumper rider) and I were joking about taking a couple of racehorses from the Saratoga training track to the Skidmore horse show, held on adjacent showgrounds. We were only half kidding. Lol
          Different Times Equestrian Ventures at Hidden Spring Ranch
          www.DifferentTimesEquestrianVentures.com

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          • #6
            What a wonderful article. You should cross post in the Dressage forum also.

            It was a smart trainer to build Seattle/Huey's muscles, confidence, and boldness so he would be a success. That part about the cow was awesome.

            I'll have to look for video of Seattle/Huey's 'war dance' and compare it to Zenyatta's. Those racers are so beautiful when they know they are something special and have a job to do.

            The energy is contagious in the crowds too, even if you don't know a thing about horses, you still know a rare and beautiful animal when you see it in front of you. It's just breathtaking.

            Thanks for posting.

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            • #7
              I got to see Seattle Slew in his first race as a three year old (it was a race written for him and he broke the track record for 7 furlongs as I remember). It was at Hialeah.

              He looked so much bigger and stronger than the other entries. I still have my win ticket from the Kentucy derby somewhere.

              I don't know how much "dressage" you can do on a 2 year old.
              A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.--G. K. Chesterton

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              • #8
                What I define as dressage with my two year olds is really just self carriage. I want them to push off the hind end instead of dragging themselves along on the forehand. It doesn't really resemble anything you would see at Dressage at Devon except maybe in the warmup ring before getting down to business.
                McDowell Racing Stables

                Home Away From Home

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                • #9
                  Seattle Slew was not trained by Ms. Turner. He was trained by Billy Turner. Ms. Turner broke him as a yearling. He went to the track in spring of his
                  two year old year.

                  This article is a self aggrandizing load of garbage by the one person in the Slew drama who never managed to get on with her life and is now trying to rewrite history with herself as the central character.

                  The willingness of so many people to believe this ridiculous story is very sad.

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                    Originally posted by Chicken Legs View Post
                    Seattle Slew was not trained by Ms. Turner. He was trained by Billy Turner. Ms. Turner broke him as a yearling. He went to the track in spring of his
                    two year old year.

                    This article is a self aggrandizing load of garbage by the one person in the Slew drama who never managed to get on with her life and is now trying to rewrite history with herself as the central character.

                    The willingness of so many people to believe this ridiculous story is very sad.
                    Where the hell does Paula Turner say she trained him on the track? Your post sounds an awful lot like a post on another forum...reeks of sour grapes. Maybe YOU need to get on with YOUR life.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for posting this! I recently started working at the local training track and I have been talking to the owners/trainers about doing dressage with some of the younger ones that need more conditioning and strengthening before they're track ready.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Eventfan4LIFE View Post
                        Where the hell does Paula Turner say she trained him on the track? Your post sounds an awful lot like a post on another forum...reeks of sour grapes. Maybe YOU need to get on with YOUR life.
                        Maybe you need to examine why you find opposing views so
                        upsetting.

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                        • #13
                          Paula has never once stated (in person or in writing) that she trained SS. I just spoke with her last year and she sounds very content to be doing what she's doing.

                          I think the book is a fabulous idea!

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