April brought a lot of adventuring around for Ashley and Kalley. Here’s what they’ve been up to!
Ashley had her first beach ride!
There’s not too many weekends I get to myself, especially when clinic season starts, but we snuck away yesterday to give Ashley a taste of the good life.
She did great for a horse straight off the track. Where we go, there is about a mile or so of sand dunes as you trail through the trees etc to get out to the beach, so its a little tough going and gets them thinking before they see and hear the waves crashing to shore.
It was a perfect morning, couldn’t have been more beautiful. Ashley got to see some odd looking “articles” on the beach which made for some perfect training and confidence building along our journey.
Ashley also has been getting plenty of trail riding experience.
It’s a little tricky getting the hours logged on my 2018 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover horse “Ashley”, while globe trotting to my BHT Clinics, but, we manage to get out to some pretty awesome places in the in between times.
This is a little state park that over looks the beautiful city of Petaluma, CA. There’s a lot of activity here; bicycles, hikers, runners, dogs on leashes, and more, which is fantastic exposure for Ashley’s training.
Slow and steady is our pace for now.
And as a special treat, Rachel from CARMA and Golden Gate Fields reached out to her contact at Calumet and was sent back two special treats! Baby photos of Ashley and renewed a connection with some employees at Calumet that have known Kalley since she was a kid!
Ashley was born and raised at Calumet Farm in Kentucky, until she was a yearling. Then sold at the Keenland sale, and came out to California.
I don’t think there’s a better progress through a racehorse’s career than Ashley’s had. She was sold once, raced, did okay… won almost $40k, retired, went through the correct channels with California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) and Neigh Savers Foundation, and then I got her.
The owners and trainers Ashley had did a phenomenal job… she is quiet and sensible (great bloodlines helps that!), and she’s really well broke for a racehorse. HUGE KUDOS to those who influenced her life from the beginning in a good way. She’s carried those experiences forward, and they will help her be successful through the rest of her life.