Meet "Be the Light," or as she is called around the farm, Nalina.
I have had her since Feb. 2014 and I got her directly from the track. She is very well bred, but that doesn't mean she will race well. So she was retired before she could break down and she came to me.
I first boarded her at a busy lesson facility with an indoor. Lots of snow on the ground required that. Many lessons going on each day, lots of kids and dogs running around. The second farm we went to is a busy cow/hay farm. There she was able to see cows/turkeys/chickens/and a whole lot of loud, large hay farm machinery. We started trail riding while there, as there were several on the farm trails in the back, and a park located a short walk down the street.
While at this farm, we were a part of a busy Memorial Day parade that we had to walk to (about a mile or two under saddle from the farm)
and then we walked through New Egypt. We started off near the firetrucks (Lights on but no sirens), and then were the last group in the parade. Nalina was incredibly well behaved, never batting an eye at anything we passed. Also, if there was a horse in the group that was getting upset, they were put next to us, and then were able to calm down. You can watch the video of the parade here:
youtube . com/watch?v=gEN0vNMsXPA
And just to share, she is very traffic safe. :-D
She is now boarded at my personal farm (specific reasons i can get into when i speak to you on the phone, that i will refrain from posting on the internet). Here she is out with mares and geldings of all ages. She is currently the youngest on the farm, and the bottom level horse as well.
Since coming to my farm, she has been out on trails at least 2 times a week. She is great out alone, or with others. No issues at being in front, the middle, or back. She will jump whatever you put in front of her, and is level headed in fields and in corn. She will go through water and into the lakes (sometimes needs to give the water a good look, but then will go right in). Some of my students have also ridden her out on trails, and she was exceptional. We live right next to Assunpink Wildlife Management area, so lots of different terrain to go out on.
Recent trail video can be seen here: youtube . com/watch?v=b3vHKIDFJ7k
Prior to this video, we had been the third horse to run up a large hill. The first horse (in the video as well) is a large (18h) draft X that we let go first. Then the 2nd horse (a standardbred) was having a hissy fit waiting, and then ran up. 'Lina stood quietly and then went up the hill. Unfortunately I can't hold my phone and video as we are doing that. So this is after the hill run. :)
We have been to two shows so far. While not placing high in them, she was exceptionally well behaved for both of them. The first show was at The Meadows. We went into an equitation class (it was early in the morning and we'd be done early..that would be why we went into that class even if i don't equitate well). They were running a little ahead of schedule, so we basically showed up, signed up, tacked up and ran into the class. With no warmup, she was very well behaved and did all that I asked her to. We got all 4 and 5ths, but what mattered was that she behaved and worked well.
The second show was at the same place, and we were doing the 2ft. hopeful hunter classes. We had a bit more time to warm up, and she was also very very good. Our first time jumping a whole course at this height. We did 2 jumping classes, and she was a little quick for hunters, so we didn't place against the more steady, slower hunter horses. We may try the jumper classes in the next show, as that might be a better fit for her. We did get a 6th place in one of the combined flat/jump class.
Watch the jump classes here:
youtube . com/watch?v=svPKKhwxziM
youtube . com/watch?v=4q308-i_T0c
I also have the flat classes on youtube, if you would like to watch them as well.
She has been used with several of my students, from aged 13 to 60+.
Videos can be seen here:
With my 13 year old student, w/t/c and some jumping
youtube . com/watch?v=6CHkh8yuB-o
Another 13 year old (he's a little smaller)
youtube . com/watch?v=MYlWg8Ya0Aw
One of my adult re-rider students
youtube . com/watch?v=vSkcELySTkU
She clips, loads (will follow you to the moon and back for her fav. apple cookies), and trailers well. Tries to get along with all of the horses on my farm (likes the boys better than my girls), and is great around kids. She was body clipped at some point while racing, and during the cold winter (after most of her hair had grown back), on the track she was without a blanket and with me she just had a sheet on.)
Excellent for the farrier (needs front shoes), and for the vet. Will cross or front tie, and will stand quietly on the side of the trailer while at a show.
She will take a nap when you are braiding her for the show, or if you need to soak her foot. (She had an abscess earlier in the summer).
I can't say enough good things about this mare. She is super super nice.
I wouldn't recommend her for a beginner, as she does have a large trot and can get strong over fences. (I ride her mostly in a fat french link. She may be different in a slightly stronger bit). Potentially an adv. w/t/c beginner with a trainer, and on up.
She has potential in eventing, pony club, endurance, trails, jumpers, dressage, and so on.
Very level headed for her age, and yes she retired with NO leg issues.
ps. The phone number listed is a LAND LINE. please DO NOT text message it, as they will not go through. LEAVE A MESSAGE and when I get in from the barn, i will get back to you.
Some of her famous relatives (grand parents+) include: Mr. Prospector, Raise a Native, Secretariat, Native Dancer, Bold Ruler, Northern Dancer, Crafty Admiral, War Admiral, and so on.