Now that I'm on a different work schedule, I've been able to work with my guys more often. Unfortunately, Ollie and I have been having riding issues lately. He's the epitome of the "crazy thoroughbred" and lately I come home from seeing him and ask myself "why do I have this horse?!" He's not easy. I'm hoping I get an instructor out to help me soon. Now I have the time to work with him closely. I just need a coach! I have done well with small things, such as standing at the mounting block. He's like a rock lately which gives me confidence that I CAN teach him. But then when we start marching around the arena all he wants to do is "GO!" He brakes into a trot then goes sideways and then he starts to lose his brain cells. Yesterday we nearly took out all the jumps that are in the middle of our very large arena. He just lost it! He bunny hopped all over the place - baby rears, baby bucks. I hung on and I spun him around in a circle while giving him leg to go forward. He stopped with the bunny hops. It was a total tantrum. I'm thinking he's not happy about doing serious work and it irritates me to no end that he doesn't respect me when I'm in the saddle. I don't want to lose my patience with him and I want to be sure to have a sure and steady hand with him. Again, I think a coach will help me out alot. I also believe that he'll be worth the effort. When he goes, he goes beautifully!
Enough of my ranting - I just needed to get my frustrations out to you guys - my friends. Working with a hot horse is no easy task but I feel strongly that the rewards will be great.
This past weekend was opening weekend at Keeneland. Matt and I have been over in the mornings to catch some nice shots of key horses in upcoming races. This is Kathmanblu who ran in the Ashland yesterday and will most likely be running in the Kentucky Oaks:
Keeneland is so pretty in spring!
The horse that won the Ashland Stakes was Lilacs And Lace. Her sire is Flower Alley...
She was a big time longshot and a $2 win bet paid out $99!! Crazy! Matt and I had just met her the morning we shot Kathmanblu. We were messing around taking pictures of Lilac's And Lace's trainer's dog - a big yellow lab. We've gotten to know several trainers at the track and their dogs... I'm thinking I need to photograph the dogs of the race horse trainers. LOL!
One of our favorite trainers and crew is the Herringswell Stables bunch. Everyone there is so friendly and nice! One of the workers there is Marshall Blevins, she's a photography enthusiast and a first rate horseman. She works for Herringswell in the mornings before she goes to her classes in equestrian studies at the University of Kentucky.
|Marshall Blevins hot walking Let's Do It at Keeneland for Herringswell Stables|
Here she is hotwalking a horse called Let's Do It who is owned by former Kentucky governor, Brereton C. Jones. He ended up winning his allowance race on Saturday!
and he seemed pretty proud of his win as he walked back to his barn after the race
Saturday was crazy busy for me. It started out by taking my good friend, Alex Brown over to Keeneland and help him set up for his book signing during "Breakfast with the Works." From 7am - 8:30am, Keeneland offers a very nice buffet breakfast where you can watch the horses during their morning workouts. They have an announcer to help you identify the horses and the saddle clothes of the different barns. It's great fun and huge crowds attend the festivities!
Here is a photo of Alex
|Alex Brown at his book signing during Keeneland's "Breakfast With the Works"|
|Alexa King checking out Alex Brown's book on Barbaro.|
Tomorrow Matt and I will be heading over to Keeneland for the 2 yr olds in training sale. Busy time of year for us!