The Top 2 Things Thoroughbred Racehorse Trainers Are Missing to Improve Equine Performance and Win More Races


Do you want to win more races? As a trainer, owner or breeder, of course, you do. There are two powerful holistic methods that are often overlooked in training to condition and develop the Thoroughbred athlete into peak performance.

Conditioning the Thoroughbred Racehorse

Conditioning consists of many interconnected anatomical components. Trainers must consider all the physical mechanics in place and their functions, such as the cardiovascular, respiratory,  skeletal and muscular systems. And ever deeper within these categories that concern racehorse conditioning is the connective tissues (ligaments and tendons), neural pathways and the issue of thermoregulation which pertains to the cardiovascular system. The emotional state of a horse also plays a part in conditioning and performance as well. 

This post focuses on the muscular aspects of improving racehorse performance. Conditioning the musculature system of the racehorse properly is vital to winning. The...

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Massage Therapy for the Equine Athlete to Achieve Peak Performance and Gain a Competitive Edge


Why Certified Equine Massage Therapy?

You might ask yourself, why should I invest money to get my horse a massage?  Especially if you don’t invest in massage therapy for yourself.  Most people still hold the belief massage is a “luxury” as opposed to a therapy. That’s even true for many in the equine world.

Having routine massage therapy sessions for your horse can:

  • increase flexibility
  • improve range of motion
  • aid in muscle relief
  • help prevent injuries (that could cost a small fortune in vet bills)
  • improve athletic performance
  • decrease rehabilitation time
  • reduce hypertonicity 
  • improve overall well-being

Massage therapy, more specifically equine sports massage is a therapeutic method of bodywork that when implemented properly can enhance equine physical performance. Not to mention, it can also vastly improve an equine’s behavior––by addressing and treating underlying and sometimes undressed physical pain....

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Mounting Techniques for Back Pain Management in Ex-Racehorses


"In Training Horses, One Trains Himself." - Antoine De Pluvinel


The are many benefits of using the mounting block for horses. The general consensus is the higher-the-block-the-better. It's ideal to mount from a high mounting block (three steps or higher) without using the stirrup iron.

The reason for this approach is a minimal amount of pressure and strain is placed on the horse's back and there is less stress on the alignment of the spine.

Of course,  this technique isn't ideal for every situation, but it's considered ideal for the health of the horse's back and spine.

This post shows some basic and fundamental tips for training your off-the-track-thoroughbred to properly stand while being mounted to reduce stress on the spine as well as back pain management.

Ex-racehorses coming from adoption organizations will most likely be trained to stand properly while being mounted. However, if you are getting your horse directly off-the-track they'll...

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The Three Essential Exercises Your Horse Should Be Doing to Achieve Peak Performance


As a Certified Equine Massage Therapist and OTTB enthusiast, I pursued becoming a CEMT to understand equine anatomy and physiology on a professional level. My intention is to continue the studies of equine biomechanics on a deeper level to better serve our equine partners by implementing training techniques and therapies that further improve the development of a healthy, sound, strong and happy horse.

Our equine friends are amazing athletes, they give us everything and in return, it's our responsibility to “listen to the horse” for any sign of pain or discomfort and help alleviate the underlying systemic issue(s) without causing more problems. 

Many horses have issues with balance, straightness, and range of motion, especially off-the-track-thoroughbreds. Some behavioral issues are a direct manifestation of underlying and sometimes unaddressed physical pain. These physical issues won't resolve on their own, we can help them...

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Beneficial Herbs and Plants for Your Horse

Learn about the different types of herbs and their beneficial properties that can provide relief and aid minor ailments in your horse.

"As with any herb or medication, consult with your veterinarian and check with governing horse show organizations to make sure herb/substances are not banned."

All horses can reap the rewards of beneficial herbs. Off-the-track-thoroughbreds can blossom in health by consuming certain herbs. Horses in general, but OTTBs especially suffer from ulcers, muscle soreness, weight gain issues and other physical ailments. 


Anise Seed (Pimpinella Anisum)
Supports the digestive and respiratory systems and increases appetite. 

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)
Helps with skin ailments liver detoxification.

Catmint (Nepeta Grandiflora)
For ingesting it has calming properties and aids in fever reduction. As a poultice apply to sore painful muscles or surface bruises.

Celery Seed (Apium Graveolens)
Aid in digestion supports healthy urination,...

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OTTB Training 101: The Art of Slow Training and New Beginnings for Ex-Racehorses


Building a Relationship From the Ground Up.

I see it so often. The first thing people want to do is ride, ride, ride their new off-the-track-thoroughbred. Of course, it’s important to give a test ride to assess chemistry, gait and overall compatibility before you adopt or buy. Of course, you have to enjoy the way the horse moves and their disposition under saddle. The excitement of riding your new horse is an amazing, liberating feeling. Not to mention all the new tack you get to buy, and color coordinating everything. And, a new pair of riding boots, because you have to get something for yourself too. You deserve it.

Let me be clear about some things up front, so I don’t create any misunderstanding. If you have adopted your horse from a recognized TAA organization or an unaccredited facility that retrains OTTBs and places them in homes—understand this: they have limited time to work with the horse. These organizations are often times inundated with...

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