You might ask yourself what the first step to introducing a Thoroughbred to life after the track is? Is it turning them out? Is it getting them used to a different style saddle? New feed? New shoes? The options are endless, and probably almost every one of them is an ok option. In my world, with my friends, the first step is dressing them up and doing a photo shoot.
Also I needed/wanted good pictures for his page on the RRP website.
My partners in crime came on over and we set to brushing, primping, and choosing a bridle. Actually the bridle choosing was a no brainer as I had a new one to try out, and it fit him reasonably well.
He is a total natural at posing, at least with his face. He had ants in his pants and luckily Alyssa manged to get some good conformation shots.
The bridle actually fits Prisoner better, but it served our purpose for dress up photos. Alyssa, always great at catching special moments took some really sweet pictures.
When we were done attempting to make him stand still I booted him up and took him in the arena to play with lunging. A lot of racehorses have never been lunged and it can be a very foreign concept. He is catching on pretty quickly.
Pretty much the whole time he went around, the arena was filled with ooo's and ahh's. He floats guys.
I seriously can't wait to see this trot in a few months as he starts to drop his head and bring up his back. Swoons for days.
And that my friends is what we do for new OTTB.