Re­mem­ber to Smile

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Be­cause so many off-the-track Thor­ough­breds end up be­ing such lev­el­headed guys, while oth­ers might ex­pe­ri­ence post-trau­matic stress from the chaos of the track, Lisa Mol­loy, of Rerunottb.com, re­minds those of us who adopt th­ese horses to “pre­pare for the worst, but ex­pect the best.” I re­ally have tried to follow this ad­vice, but have to ad­mit that when For­rest’s 4-year-old baby brain com­pels him to leap from time to time on the longe, I know darn well that he could fling me into a new zip code. So, to avoid look­ing like “The Fly­ing Nun” suited up in Romfh breeches, I try and elim­i­nate all sce­nar­ios in which I could end up in­jured and For­rest could have a stress­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.

Follow more of Pam Stone’s “Re­mem­ber to Smile” blog at dres­sageto­day.com.

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