This ex-BLM Wild Mustang, 15.2, buckskin, mare came to me when I was in my 20s, demonstrating her habits at the beginning:
Photo No. 1 ("Mostly Mozart" a/k/a barn nickname "Dakari"):
After my professional rescue re-training, I not only turned the BLM wild Mustang mare into a suitable, safe, and kind jumping mount for riding lessons ...
Photo No. 2 ("Mostly Mozart" a/k/a barn nickname "Dakari"):
... but she also went on to have a highly successful horse show career at local San Francisco Bay Area hunter-jumper schooling shows ridden by myself and numerous children and adults:
Old Traditions, New Ways
"In the past hunters have been mostly Thoroughbreds, but with the increase in quality of the warm bloods imported from Europe there are very many of these that now compete with great success in the hunter divisions." http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsDisciplines/discipline/allhunter/about.aspx
An unfortunate by-product of the loss of our old American traditions has been the increasingly desperate plight of enormous numbers of unwanted OTTBs after they no longer have economic value at the racetrack.
Those of us dwindling numbers of hunter-jumper riders of the past who learned Classical equitation under the Old Masters such as Gordon Wright, George H. Morris, Victor Hugo-Vidal, R.W. "Ronnie" Mutch, and/or others of their generation, grew up on the OTTB American ex-racehorse - our only source for access to obtain through re-training, a hunter or jumper for National and/or International competition.
Today, most of our youth and the newer adult riders lack the skills to re-train and develop an OTTB to National competitive jumping achievement, defaulting instead to the easier-to-ride, designer-label import.
A LIFETIME of riding and training the OTTB Thoroughbred ex-racehorse for National competition:
Example Case No. 1 / OTTB Gelding:
Example Case No. 1 / OTTB Mare:
This OTTB, a Thoroughbred mare, was obtained during early 2010 off a Florida racetrack at the age of 4, by a young lady who initially aspired to re-train her as a barrel-racer. She came off the track as a gangly, unbalanced, but sound ex-racehorse.
Efforts to make OTTB a barrel-racer failed:
Photo: No 1 - June 2010
Photo: No 2 - June 2010
That's where Mary Katherine Day (Petrano)'s OTTB ex-racehorse expertise intervened: OTTB mare, ex-racehorse acquired after initial barrel-racing re-training failure for re-training to jump:
Photo: Initially bringing her to the farm - June 2010 / we began with daily turnout
Photo: Initially bringing her to the farm - June 2010 / OTTB off the racetrack for only a couple months
Photo: Beginning the re-training at the farm - July 2010 / OTTB off the racetrack for only a few months