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Beyond the Track: Retraining the Thoroughbred from Racecourse to Riding Horse (New Edition)

Beyond the Track: Retraining the Thoroughbred from Racecourse to Riding Horse (New Edition)

ISBN: 9781570768477

Author: Anna Morgan Ford, Amber Heintzberger & Sarah Coleman

Publisher: Trafalgar Square

Format: Paperback

Price: AUD $59.95

Retraining the Thoroughbred from Racehorse to Riding Horse

Renowned for their amazing athleticism and unparalleled work ethic, and famed for their “great heart” and willingness to go the extra mile, off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) have proven to be the ultimate equine partners in a host of disciplines: dressage, eventing, show jumping, trail riding, and even barrel racing and ranch work. In this revised edition of the book that Thoroughbred and horse training experts have called “breakthrough racehorse literature,” “superior,” “a winner,” and “the ultimate in training manuals,” readers learn everything they need to transition an OTTB from life at the track to life out back. Author Anna Ford, Thoroughbred Program Director at New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, begins with a discussion of the typical Thoroughbred's early years, then explains reasons for retirement, common injuries and health issues, basic feeding and nutrition, and safe handling. Ford goes on to provide step-by-step instructions for building the solid educational foundation the OTTB needs to excel in a new career, whether as a highly trained competitor or a pleasure mount. With hundreds of quality, full-color photographs to illustrate conscientious and professionally tested training methods, dozens of case studies that share how other individuals have successfully retrained ex-racehorses, and the recommendations of top equestrians–including event riders, jockeys, horse trainers, and leading industry magazines–this book is the go-to reference for anyone interested in pursuing a partnership with a Thoroughbred athlete.

 

Book Title: Beyond the Track: Retraining the Thoroughbred from Racecourse to Riding Horse (New Edition)
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781570768477
Author: Anna Morgan Ford, Amber Heintzberger & Sarah Coleman
Author Notes: Anna Ford is the Thoroughbred Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, which was founded in 1992 to offer retiring racehorses a safe haven, rehabilitation, and continued education through placement in experienced, caring homes. Over 6,000 retired Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds have been placed in qualified homes through New Vocations' efforts since its inception. These horses have come from 40 different racetracks and have been adopted by families throughout the country. Ford has studied horsemanship and instructed riders internationally, and is Masters Certified through the Certified Horsemen's Association. She sits on the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Board and is a member of the NTRA's Aftercare Committee. In 2010 she adopted her own OTTB gelding Discreet Treasure, known as “Mo.”
Amber Heintzberger is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in equestrian subjects. A lifelong horsewoman, she has competed in eventing, dressage, and hunter/jumpers and has retrained several off-the-track Thoroughbreds. She is also the coauthor of Modern Eventing with Phillip Dutton.

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