poco bueno

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About poco bueno

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  • Birthday 04/25/1958

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    Crookston Mn.
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    Have been in management of breeding farms and racing of Quarter, Arab and TB horses for over 30 years.
  1. Doing a nerve block isn't something I'd do to any horse! The heat you talked about in the hoof could be were your problem is, get a hold of your farrier. I would try some DMSO on the shoulder and down the leg. Remember if you rub don't wrap. I've done alot of leg work when I worked in TB racing. Let me know your progress.
  2. When I worked in the TB Industry, or any racing for that matter, we always "Always" wrapped our horses legs when we hauled them !!! If you really know what you're doing when it comes to wrapping legs, why won't you ??? In all my many years of wrapping legs, always with the use of saddle pins, no tape etc, I have NEVER had any problems whatsoever. Just take a look at the track or training center and you'll see that all the horses have standing bandages on. Once again to many people try to do things that they shouldn't even try to do.
  3. I agree that putting your horses out in any lush grass that they aren't used to will cause alot of problems. A small enclosure that can be moved around until they become acclimated to this lush grass would work. I would mow it down, drag it and check for "stuff" hidden in it before I would turn them out in it.
  4. The age old saying is "winning a race is like lighting hitting a pop bottle". However, I do believe that another Triple Crown Winner will happen.
  5. I have personally worked in the TB racing Industry for over 20 years at breeding farms, training centers and racetracks. I have seen so many horses "broke-down" way before they ever get to the track that I couldn't even start to count. So your "numbers" are way low!! As to the sport of racing there are many factors that are at play. The practice of "drilling" - hard work outs everyday - horses in training plays the biggest part in breakdowns. However,these horses along with slow claimers are recycled into the hunter-jumper Industry, where they are nerved and drugged and pushed to their limits by people who for the sake of money don't care about the horses well being. I happen to have worked in the top-end of Hunter-Jumpers to know first hand what these people really put horses thru. As the old saying goes "walk a mile in my shoes...." !!
  6. Having worked in the TB Industry for many years, there isn't anything all that different in riding a TB than any other breed. However, in racing, the harder you pull the faster they go!! It is when you release the rein and stand in your "irons" that the horse understands to slow down. This behavior pretty much is to track work. Because, I have personaly rode TBs that are, in training, off the track and they handle just fine. Although, I'd be careful with reminders of track work such as using a "stick"/crop while re-training. Plus, I have friends that have very sucussfully re-trained OTTBs only to lose everything by working them on "bush tracks" where there is a rail and mile markers. The horse believes that it is back on the track and they are off to the races. You will find that there are many differences in the handling of OTTBs that you won't know, simply because TBs are raised and handled like no other breed and we TB people don't write books or teach people how we raise them. I have many times in the past walked up to OTTBs that have been re-trained and been able to get them to do "things" that their new owners had no idea that they were capable of doing.
  7. There is no doubt in my mind that Breeding, foaling and the like is best left of Professional Horseman who have years of correct "Hands On" knowledge. To many times I have encountered novices trying to obtain knowledge in breeding by,"hit and miss" and ultimately the Horses that we Love so very much suffer because of their inexperience.
  8. Having been a TB Stud Man for many years and handling studs that have gained a bad reputation for attacking man and other horses, I agree -for the most part- that colts and studs that haven't been bred yet, behave fairly well. However, I have personally handled six "Strike The Anvil" TB colts that were so unruly that only a Horseman that is VERY experienced, like myself, could have gotten them broke-out. I was personally requested by a good friend of mine to take a sabbatical from running a Florida Stud Barn with six TB Studs to come and put a handle on these six "colts" because no one else was able to. They were only two year olds!! It is a joy to handle Studs that behave well but that doesn't mean I become lackadaisical in my duties in that position. In all honesty, more people are hurt by mares than Studs. Part of the reason might be there are less Studs to begin with but I've had plently of untrustworthy mares to deal with. As to "Alpha Mares" that run the roost over a pasture Stud I think you should go out to the pasture and try to catch the Stud when he doesn't want to leave HIS herd and then watch the alpha mare do as she is told to do!! My advise is be careful when handling any equine, no matter how well behaved they are and never allow a novice to learn by making mistakes because it takes only one mistake to last a lifetime or shorten that lifetime altogether. God Bless.
  9. With any injury to the hoof I have always used icthamol, therefore I would first clean it out really good, dry it and apply the icthamol. Good Luck.
  10. Greenhaven - I was raised in Northern IL on a Quarter Horse Breeding,Training and Showing Farm. I was Farm Forman at Horizon Farm in Barrington Hills back in 1981. Do you live in this part of IL? As to what you have learned thus far in the Horse Industry, just keep plugging away and you will some day encounter a true emergency. I attended my first horse autopsy when I was ten years old and I have "put down" many a horse even with the very best of care and top vets working on them. It is a fact of life when it comes to working with horses that some don't live as long as they should. As to what I have learned, I don't know where to start. I could write volumes about my personal experiences in the Horse Industry. I used to manage Breeding Farms in the Quarter, Thoroughbred and Arabian Horse Industry for many years. I worked in TB racing for close to 20 years etc. However, now my back has seven bad discs and I'm no longer able to do any work whatsoever. I'm headed back to the "OR" on the 29th of this month to have more work done on this old cowboy. Happy Trails!!
  11. My main thought on any horse that tends to rear up is or does this horse sense that the handler has become afraid? If so, the horse in question will continue to rear and become unworkable simply because he knows he can get away with it. Having enough confidence in your horse handling ability will take you places that you never thought you could go before!! I have personally handled many horses that rear, especially breeding studs and many race horses. It doesn't bother me whatsoever if a horse rears. However, if the horse is trying to strike at me with his front hooves that is a completely different thing. I will and have in the past still handled horses that are trying to "tag me" but at that point I will defend myself by various means. It is only a job, I don't take it personally, some horses have to be dealt with a heavy hand. I have handled TB breeding studs that have maimed other horses and almost killed people but still have to be handled because their blood-line is sought after etc. It's all in a days work as a stud-man! Therefore, you might be better off getting rid of this horse altogether if you don't have the confidence or the ability to handle what he throws your way. It's just not worth getting yourself or the horse hurt. Good Luck
  12. How come the "babysdaddys" don't take care of their kids?? Why isn't the court addressing the fact that these men are responsible for their kids?? Here in Minnesota, if a woman is already on welfare with kids and has anymore new kids she isn't able to get more money to support them. For a long time, women like this one were given tons of money and they continued to have more kids and collect even more money. I'm glad the state put an end to this kind of behavior. Sad state of affairs this country is in, that the rest of us who are responsible for our behavior have to pull dead weight!!
  13. In the TB Industry, we wait untill their are two before we start them. Many trainers start by "belly them up" which means that as the colt is being ponied and held still, an assistant will ease their upper body over the colt and start to apply pressure by their own body weight. As the colt accepts the weight they will lead him around. If the colt starts to act up the assistant just slips off the side. Nobody gets hurt and within a short amount of time the assistant is sitting upright on the colts back. The assistant can't weigh very much, somewhere around 130 lbs or less. We understand that there is still alot of bone growth going on, therefore we keep as little weigh on their backs as we can. The real danger occurs when trainers "drill" a two year old. As to say, work them everyday with no time off. To many good colts end up breaking down and they eventually end up being sold off to other disiplines, like Hunter-Jumpers. Its sad but true. Thats one of the reasons I left the Training centers and went into breeding.
  14. This post is very interesting, however guessing what might of happened at the track and how people at tracks treat their horses is best left to someone who actually has worked in the TB Racing Industry. I have worked in the TB Industry for over 20 years. At training centers, tracks and Farms. The behavior your TB is displaying is in some ways very normal for racers. Sometimes it is their blood-line, other times it is due to the stress of training and racing. Your horses stall behavior is due to stress and many times at the track when a horse is destroying the stall we put a goat in with the horse. The goat serves as a companion and if the horse isn't eating his feed, he will when the goat starts to eat it himself. As to tying up a TB, we never use cross-ties and in most "stables" ie. shedrows we never leave the horse unattended. We don't tie TBs up "hard" because it tends to break their spirit, which leads to low speed index's and not worth sending them to the track. The more wild they can be left the faster they will run!!! Racers spend alot of time in the stall and if their worth the time and effort ie. good blood-lines, they recieve the best of care. They will be groomed twice daily, bathed and walked-out, stalls picked twice a day etc. Many top grooms make ALOT of MONEY and never tie their "charges" up hard. Most will use a method called snaking, which means to weave the lead rope thru the stall-bars just enough to keep the horses head up front. If the horse pulls back the rope the rope will just pull free. Buying a horse off the track and expecting it to behave like other horses is just wrong. Buyer beware when you buy a horse off the track.
  15. Here is a sure way to keep them from chewing on your horses tail. At the training center or the racetrack we use a combination of liquid dish soap and cayenne pepper to keep our horses from chewing on their bandages or anything else. It washes-out very easily, plus it is inexpensive to use and works great. Be sure to mix it with alot of cayenne so it's bright red.