New Track, New Life
written by Kimberly Godwin Clark
In November 2007, Leighton Farm began promoting and retraining off the track Thoroughbreds. The response has been phenomenal. I’m confident there are countless people who consider getting a horse off the track, but may hesitate because they need guidance and good information. I could not find a comprehensive resource explaining both how racehorses live while on the track, and how to handle and retrain them once they leave the racetrack environment, so I began to write my thoughts down. It quickly expanded into a manual of sorts.
My goal by writing this book, New Track, New Life, has been to provide information to aid anyone who has, or is interested in having a retired racehorse. I believe anyone with a working knowledge of horses is capable of handling a horse off the track, when they have the information they need to understand these wonderful horses.
This is a work in progress and I am encouraging you to contact me with your questions so I can help you, add to and modify the contents of this online book. I plan to do my best to make this as comprehensive a resource as possible. I’m also hoping that those of you with experience in retraining ottb’s lend your knowledge and experiences.
There are so many misconceptions about how thoroughbreds are handled and trained at the track. Misinformation is a main cause. I hope to correct this by explaining the behavior and training of a retired Thoroughbred racehorse.
Please click here to download New Track, New Life. You will need Adobe Reader – (click here to download it)
If it helps you please share it with everyone you think it could help and make a donation to Thoroughbred Placement Resources. Both actions will help retiring racehorses!
Thoroughbred Charities of America has given TPR,Inc. a generous start up grant so we may begin to develop the manual into a video series. The Intro clip, produced by Independent Media Producations, features Boyd Martin, Becky Holder and Michael Matz discussing the advantages of choosing a retired Thoroughbred racehorse as your next partner.
The next two videos are a series created by the very talented Christopher Smith, “Feeding for Health and Calmness, Parts 1 and 2.