This 12 months, America’s Finest Racing and the Retired Racehorse Mission can be sharing diaries from a number of trainers getting ready for the 2023 Thoroughbred Makeover competitors, scheduled for Oct. 11-14 on the Kentucky Horse Park. Meet grownup beginner rider Morgan Hayden and her RRP hopeful, Goldie, as they gear up for his or her maiden voyage to the Thoroughbred Makeover.
As we method the beginning dates for the Thoroughbred Makeover so many issues come to thoughts. Are we prepared? Is there one thing we nonetheless must work on? And, extra importantly, have I performed sufficient to arrange Goldie for this journey?
Realistically, the brief reply to all of those questions is sure. We’re greater than prepared, now we have been greater than ready, and sure, the primary factor we have to work on is simply having FUN!
Nevertheless, past all of these ideas and questions, I began eager about simply how far Goldie and I’ve come collectively in such a short while. Goldie is the youngest horse I’ve restarted for the Thoroughbred Makeover and the youngest horse I’ve ever personally owned.
You’re taking without any consideration the entire issues that come straightforward on your 9- and 12-year-old horses and shortly neglect simply how exhausting what might be perceived as the straightforward issues are for a 4- now 5-year-old like Goldie. Not solely have we come far, however you begin to suppose, why am I actually doing the makeover and why was Goldie the one I selected to do that course of with?
Once I take into consideration MidAtlantic Horse Rescue and the Retired Racehorse Mission, they’ve the identical frequent objective: to carry consciousness to Thoroughbred and aide of their transition to their second profession, dwelling, or subsequent chapter in very distinctive methods.
However was I actually the one transitioning Goldie? After nearly eight months of coaching, it’s now apparent that it has been Goldie transitioning me this entire time. He has transitioned me as a horsewoman, a rider, and as a real particular person. Honestly, for so long as I can bear in mind, I’ve by no means had endurance and have at all times struggled to actually simply have enjoyable with issues that carry me pleasure. I’d tense up, stress out, and simply let all of it exit the window as a result of, for some motive or one other, I simply thought everybody was watching me and I wanted to be some type of excellent. Goldie has really introduced new which means to my life and now has actually allowed me to truly have endurance and chortle or giggle as exhausting as I can whereas driving if issues don’t goes as deliberate or how they need to. Like the primary time he went into the water at Pacific Farms Inc., and jumped each water leap at 3-feet excessive as a result of he couldn’t work out how you can make it cease touching him, or lately on the Honest Hill Thoroughbred Present when he jumped the 0.7-meter course at questionably 3 ft together with his entrance finish and three ft, 6 inches within the hind for no different motive than he simply didn’t wish to contact the poles.
Generally, I’d discover myself laughing so exhausting I nearly fall proper off. The reminiscences now we have created collectively will without end be cherished via this journey, and I’m overly excited for the reminiscences we make whereas we’re on the Thoroughbred Makeover.
So, when it comes right down to it, I selected Goldie as a result of I knew so many months in the past that he was really completely different, however I can confidently say I by no means knew simply how completely different he was. I by no means thought in regards to the distinction he was in a position to make in my life. Nevertheless, I’m overly blissful that I selected him and he actually selected to belief me via this journey with him, as I might by no means think about it every other approach at this level.
Simply bear in mind the Thoroughbred Makeover is only the start step of what’s but to come back! I can’t wait to be in Kentucky and see everybody there, and hopefully you all will benefit from the brief video hooked up of Goldie’s begin to end so you’ll be able to replicate on simply how far every of you’ve gotten come as effectively!
The Jockey Membership helps many aftercare initiatives together with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, the one accrediting physique in aftercare, and Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), which inspires the retraining of Thoroughbreds into different disciplines upon completion of careers. View the entire initiatives supported by The Jockey Membership.