My application was accepted for the 2017 Retired Racehorse Projects Thoroughbred Makeover. I’m excited to compete again and take the journey. This year the makeover is October 5-8th.
I searched for months looking for the perfect horse. Initially I wanted to compete in Barrels. So, I searched for something that was between 15.1hh and 16hh. Gelding. Grey or something with a lot of chrome. Unfortunately, everything I found that I could afford did not fit that criteria. Every horse that was within my budget was plain and not grey; taller than 16hh. I started wondering if I was every going to find the right horse for this year. Until I met this gentle giant with the ears.
The first words out of my mouth “He’s kind of ugly.” Then I went in to his stall and noticed “Those big ears”. He put his head in my arms which was really sweet and a surprise. He was really quiet and easy going, too.
After we left the track, my husband I talked. I gave him a nickname as soon as we saw him. “Francis” because of his large ears. We don’t know if he talks yet but I highly doubt it. So, after talking about everything I came to a conclusion. I’m not meant to compete in barrels this year. Simply put, God kept shoving big, tall, plain, ugly geldings my way for a reason.
I’ll compete in Dressage for sure and either Hunters or Jumpers.
I just hope Francis is a kind soul like he seems to be. At this point we aren’t sure how broke he is but I’m sure he now the racehorse basics for sure. He was in a 2 yr old in training sale. He’s only 3 and stands 17hh which means he’s got plenty of growing to do. It’ll take some getting use to riding a tall horse again after riding Mike for the last 2 years. I’m sure I’ll have a blast. Plus I can take him to a ton of hunter jumper shows this year.
Francis will have his own Facebook page once I get him home and settled in. I’ll post a new entry here with the link so everyone can follow along in our journey to the makeover this year.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful new year.
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