Far from a voice in the wilderness, every day I spend a little time reading elsewhere on the web to learn more, share other people’s experiences, and seek insights that I might not have gained on my own. I’d like to share a few of those sites with you, so get your mouse ready and start clicking away at these links. . .
FlyingFilly.com is an eloquently written site dedicated to the Thoroughbred horse. This site covers everything from current foals of note, with a calendar devoted to the prestigious young stock being born daily this breeding season in paddocks and foaling stalls throughout the country, to the very contentious slaughter and end-of-career issues. The links page is somewhat out of date, but there are some interesting finds on there as well. And you have to admire the depth of research to which each page is given. The Retirement page will not only connect you with retirement organizations, but offers assistance in determing legitimate charities.
Retraining of Racehorses is a U.K.-based organization that is operated as the official charity of the British Horseracing Authority. This site has got some fantastic success stories, all with beautiful pictures that will cheer you up after you’ve had your fifth consecutive bad ride and are convinced that all your work is for nothing. They also provide a Retrained Racehorse championship and points series that I think American horse show organizations would do well to look into.
And now for something completely different. The Science of Horse Training is simply one of the most fascinating reads I’ve found on the Internet. Geared towards precise physiological concepts of training racehorses, anyone who is interested in racehorses or in achieving fitness in their jumper, eventer, or field hunter is going to want to check out this blog regularly. It’s an easy read (I hate science, so trust me on this one) and has links to interesting interviews (such as John Shirreffs’ mentioning his nutrition program for the Queen, Zenyatta. Seven meals a day, kids. Seven meals.)