Maximum Impact aka "Max"
April 22, 2008
Hey there I just wanted to give you a quick update on Max. He has
settled in nicely with my other horses after he let them know "I
am the boss here". He is doing just great. He is too funny.
Whenever I go out in the pasture he comes up to me and smells me
to see if have any treats in my hands or pockets. He almost looks
like he pouts when I only just give him a pat or scratch. When it
is time to come in and eat he has to be the first one in because
he wants his food. My poor Luke and Thumper get the short end of
the stick because he will not let them near the gate. Then of course
its the same thing when it is time to go back out into the pasture.
He then just bucks and runs for a few reminding everyone that he
is there and to pay attention.
Anyway, I just wanted to give you a quick update. I am trying to
get some pictures but I always forget the camera until after I have
already gotten down the road and on the interstate. It is great having
him and all my other kids so close. I see them so much more now than
I did before.
Well, take care and hope all is well up there. The horses that you
have been putting up on the site are just beautiful. Wish I could
have them all....LOL
March 18, 2008
I just wanted to let you know that Max has settled into his new home
quite well. He came home on Sunday March 2) instead of Saturday
and I let him settle in before he did any kind of work. As I released
him into his pasture he took off with his head in the air and his
tail up and it was a beautiful site. I wish I had a camera to take
pictures of him just running and strutting his stuff. He was just
awesome. Well he had the rest of the day to settle in and I went
to work with him on Monday. I got him and brought him to where
I would groom and tack him. I went to my car which was about 20
feet away to get the saddle and a car that went by had a squeaky
belt and he couldn't see me or the car and he broke his halter
and went straight through the barn and was trying to get into the
pasture....Poor thing. He had only been there for a few short hours.
He just doesn't adapt well to change...it takes him a while to
settle in. I have been working him every other day in the round
pen and he is really responding well.
Things here have been crazy so I have not gotten up on him yet. I
have several things happen here at my house due to the severe weather
we had on Saturday and then the other days we have had rain. He does
still love his peppermints though. I went and rode my other boy in
the St Patrick's Day Parade here in Savannah. That was a total blast.
Friday when we were getting ready to load my 2 other horses in the
trailer he walked to the fence where we had my trailer and was staring
out like "Hey where are they going and why cant I go????" Then
when my guys were loaded he walked the other side of the pasture
where the other members of my barn were loading their horses and
did the same thing...it was too funny. Hopefully one day he will
be ready to ride in the St Patrick's Day Parade with Howie....lots
of desensitizing work to do though. The funny thing that you put
the desensitizing to helicopters on your site. The day of the Parade
the horses that we were riding did absolutely nothing when a helicopter
went over head. I want Max to be that calm. I am going to be going
on your site to look for desensitizing OTTB's. I know Max is a bit
different on how he handles things compared to my Qtr horses, Paint
and my other TB.
He is sweet though and he is very devilish too. When I brought my
2 boys from the other barn for a few days and put them in the pasture
with him he let them know he was there first. Well my other 2 stuck
together and ganged up on him when they finally had had enough of
him picking on them. He got a small boo boo on his leg because he
got kicked slightly. He finally accepted them and they were getting
along well. He actually was talking to them when they were loading
up in the trailer to go back to my other barn. I will be so happy
when I get them all in one place...no more splitting my time up.
Max also loves to follow me around when ever I am in the pasture.
He always is checking my pockets for peppermints....
Howie is doing well and can't wait to see his boy. It looks like
he may come home on R & R sooner than we were planning which
is great. I know Max misses him.
Well, I have to run. Take care and I am trying to use up some film
so I hopefully will get some pictures sent to you soon.
January 16, 2008
I hope you all are not freezing to death up there. I just had a conversation
with Max's trainer and here is what she had to say.
First Jade his trainer said it is snowing like crazy up there today.
She was reassuring me that Max was inside...I told her he was from
KY and it wouldn't bother him. LOL She said she started him on some
low jumps the other day. She said she lined him up and when he got
to the first jump he stopped dead in front of it (which is to be
expected since he has never done that before.) She said he looked
at her like "what do you want me to do about this"?????
She got him over it and then he got the picture after a few tires
and she said he is getting the hang of it and seems to like it. I
am so excited. It is like a baby taking their 1st steps..... He is
jumping....Woo hoo. I never thought I would ever see the day where
he would be doing that. I am going up to see him on the weekend of
Feb 1st. I will have a video camera and hopefully some still pictures
also when I do I will send you what I can to show his progress. She
said he is coming along well with the other parts of his training
and he is not so spooky any more of everything. Well that is a small
update on the "boy" and I am the proud Mom bragging on
her kid.... :)
Take care and I hope all is well with you. Will give more updates
as I can.
January 4, 2008
Happy New Year!!!!
I just wanted to give you the update that I received this week
on the "boy". He is doing much better with responding to leg
pressure, coming off the leg and bending really well. Still has a
ways to go but once he has it done a few times he gets it. (Such
a smart boy) He has learned that this is the easy life and that he
doesn't have to go 0 to 100 in 5 seconds... He will probably stay
one more month for a total now of 3 but it will so be worth it when
he comes home. He is defiantly missed.
Jade his trainer said he has also calmed down about being so sensitive
about everything around him and is trusting her more. She says
he just loves attention. Which we already knew that.....He is a little
pig when it comes into attention...LOL
Well that is the update I have on Max and I am going to wait till
he comes home to get pictures of him and send them to you. I
will email again with more updates as he progresses.
December 8, 2007
I just wanted to give you an update on Max. I sent him off to the
trainers a week ago and he had a quiet trip. He was a little difficult
to load on to the trailer. There were several horses in a pasture
near the trailer that was going to take him to the trainers and the
horses were feeling frisky and it just stirred him up....Naughty
boy tried to pop up on me but I let him know with a sharp tug down
that would not be tolerated. He still didn't want to go into the
trailer but with a little patience from the person who was going
to transport him and me he finally got on and was not really happy
until he got moving on the road. He made it to the trainers with
no problems and came off the trailer very quietly and was not stressed
from his ride.
His trainer said he is a very handsome boy and he
has such a nice build. She said he settled in nicely for the night
and she has been lunging him earlier in the week to see how he
is and he is doing just perfectly. She was going to get on and ride
him on Friday and I am to talk with her on Sunday. When I talked
with her on Friday she said he is such a good boy. He is really
sweet. I had told her until he trust her he has some head issues
and she said on Friday he finally let her put the bridle on without
Anyway, I just wanted to give you a quick update on Max and as
his training progresses I will let you know how he is doing. If
I can get some pictures of him while he is at the trainers I will
send them on to you.
I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season.
November 12, 2007
Just to give you an update on Max. He is really come back from his
issue with the weight change. He looks great and he is feeling frisky.
He was seen by my vet on Saturday and was given a clean bill of health
and he went through all the fall shots like a trooper. He really
was so laid back I thought he had fallen asleep. He really is starting
to mellow out with everyone. Except occasionally he gets frisky when
he is on his way out in the morning.....The barn manager was telling
me that he has been so frisky since the new diet change and he just
is so happy and he is running around having the time of his life.
Well that is a short update on Max. Howie is definitely missing
his boy. He ask me almost everyday how he is doing. They really did
bond so close.
Well take care and I will look to hear back from you on the transport
October 25, 2007
Max is doing wonderful. His weight is coming back on slowly and
he is happier. They had to do some diet changes. He is just such
a busy boy. One of the ladies out there is going to start lunging
him when I can’t get out there to work him. We gave him some
time off due to the stifle issue. He does not seem to have any problems
so the vet said we can go ahead and start again with him. I will
send some pictures of Max if it is a decent weekend with no rain.
I know you all are really needing it up there. How are you all holding
Howie is really missing him right now. Howie went over to Iraq last
Wednesday for 15 months this time. Its already been rough without
him here. But I have done this two times before.
Well I have to run and get back to work so I can help earn my pay
to take care of these kids.
August 22, 2007
I just wanted to give you an update on Max. He is doing well and
he had his first training session with Howie this past Saturday.
He was a bit anxious but did ok. The trainer was trying to get him
to do some ground work before he got on and had some issues and Max
showed his true TB side.....the stubborness....LOL.
We did how ever find out that Max has a stiffle problem that caused
some issues on Saturday. He was not extending out like he should
be in the back and seemed like he was in some pain. We ended our
lesson early and hosed him down and gave him his breakfast. When
we went to load up however he decided to pull some stunts and not
go in. We tried the basic stuff then had to bring in the lunge
whip (so as to not get too close- and a good thing too) he decided
he was going to kick out higher than my head when I tapped him
with the whip. I finally got the idea to close the trailer door
a bit and he went right on in. The stinker. He is now on rest
till this weekend and then he is to begin his work out sessions
so he can get built back up.
Our vet said he should not have
any major problems due to this issue and that he was really
surprised for how long Max was on the track that he was in as good
of shape as he is in. He has really gotten very affectionate lately
towards me. I have no idea why because I really don't spend that
much time with him and I have been the bossy one with him when I
do spend time with him. He was funny last week we took some friends
out to the barn and he was in the area (he seems to like that
space and he stays out of trouble) and Howie and I got about
15 ft apart on the same side of the fence and he started running
back and forth between the two of us. HE IS SUCH AN AWSOME
MOVER!!!! He was having fun playing with us. We really have not been
working any of our kids due to the heat. We are not wanting to add
additional stress factors. We are suppose to have a bit of a cooling
trend this weekend so that should help....
Max definatly has some jumping ability because he basiclly
flat footed it over a 5 ft fence a few weeks back. We think
as we were told that he got scared and didn't like his area
and jumped the fence with no running start and then took out
about 5 wire lines to other parts of the barn area.....He didn't
get a scratch on him but the girl that was taking care of the
horses that day said she had never seen anything like that
jump. Howie is going to have some fun when he gets ready to
start him on that. The vet said he will be fine for that career
We have not been able to take pictures lately but will try and
get some this weekend if possible. We always seem to forget the
camera until we are almost to where he is....
Well, I had better get back to work.
May 28, 2007
I have a story about Max.
My stable manager told me they were doing
feedings the other day and Max was in his paddock and something
spooked him and he cleared the fence of his paddock without a problem.
He was not hurt nor did he touch any part of that fence when he went
over it and it is at least a 5 foot fence if not a just little
taller. He is such a smart horse that he learns pretty
much things once or twice. We don't know what caused him to spook.
The fence is electrified on the inside and he may have bumped that
or someone said it could have maybe been a snake that scared him.
I am just worried about him doing it again.
On a good note. We defiantly know that he can clear fences without
Take care and talk to you soon.
April 18, 2007
Hey. I just wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know how
Max is doing. He has gotten settled into his new home and as you
know it got cool here in GA for a few days. Well the cool weather
made Max a very playful boy. He was trying to get my other TB Legs
to play...Legs didn't really want to play so poor Max played and
was very frisky around the pasture all by himself. He is such a sweetie.
We are going to get training on him next month so it will defiantly
be a big help for Howie to actually ride him. Well that is the update
for now. I will try and send pictures as soon as I can. I maybe able
to get some this weekend with the show going on at the barn where
he is. I can't wait to see how he will act around all that noise.
Will update you on how he does.
Take care and Max sends his kisses
and hoof hugs!!!!
February 17, 2007
Hey there. Sorry it has been so long since I have been in touch. Max is doing great. We are going to be moving him to a hunter barn at the end of the month where he will officially begin his new career. I will send some updated pictures as soon as we get him settled into his new home. He still is so mischievous and loves his peppermints. I think we get a good sniff over when we walk in the stall and if we don't have them on us and give him one he pouts. Well that is the update on Max for now. Take care.
December 20, 2006
I am glad you got the other pictures I sent you of Max. I also wanted to let you know I received the ones from you. Thank you again for them.
Max is just so funny. We were with him this weekend and I was getting ready to go and ride my other TB and he actually looked jealous. When I came back he actually turned away from me when I went to his stall....it was a serious pout. He really dues enjoy his peppermints though. He just inhales them.
Max also loves to be scratched on his belly like most horses but he just gets so excited when Howie or I scratch him there. He really swishes his tail the harder we scratch the faster it goes. I took that at first as a sign he didn't like it and to quit but his ears were up and when we stopped he looked back at Howie with this look like" Did I tell you to stop???"
Max loves to be scratched on his belly.
He has gotten much better with us fussing around his pole so I think he has come along quiet nicely in that area. He loves to be scratched there too. He will put his head down at my level so I can get in a good scratch. It is the same with Howie.
Max really adores Howie.
He really adores Howie. He will follow him anywhere. He has been doing great in the round pen and I feel he is ready for another attempt at getting on his back this weekend if it doesn't rain too hard. He is doing well with his stretches also.
He really has adapted well down here and was playing around with a paint horse in the pasture the other day. He was just beautiful running around and bucking....It defiantly was a site to see.
Well, I will update you when I have more on the sweetie pie.
December 10, 2006
Here are a few pictures of Max sorry it took so long. He is doing great and as you can see in one of the pictures he said he wanted his "Close Up!!".
Howie worked with him today in the round pen and he did absolutely perfect. I can't say it enough he is so smart. His ground manners are much improved. Still wants to be on Howie some but much better.
"Max" modeling his new stable blanket.
Max also has a new stable blanket and he is such a gem to put it on him. He really likes it. Well I have to run for now. Hope all is well with you.
Thanks, take care,
November 26, 2006
Small update on Max. He has and is still learning some ground manners but is coming along quiet nicely.
He really is such a devilish "kid". He loves to be brushed and loves to help groom you while you are grooming him. He was learning how to stand quietly and he did some of the things that you taught us to do with him for what I call stretching....neck etc. He defiantly seems to be tight on that right side. I am trying to get in touch with our chiropractor down here but he is also a
police officer and he works different hours. So we shall see.
Elizabeth's Note: Max had one chiropractic adjustment while at our farm. His poll needed some adjustment. We found out later that Max loved to be silly on the hot walker. It sometimes takes two or three adjustments with exercises being done between the adjustments to get the horse feeling 100%. Below is a photo of another horse acting up on the hot walker. You can see why these horses get out of alignment.
November 20, 2006
Here is an update on Max. He is really settled in nicely but he did try, when let out with some other horses, to be the dominate one....Just like a man. HA HA
Howie lunged him for the first time on Saturday and he did fine going counter clock wise but going clock wise he had some issues with bucking and the gate to the round pen when he was cantering.
Then, yesterday I got on him for the first time and he did fine with a smooth walk trot counter clock wise but when we went to go clock wise he really had some issues of wanting to trot side ways and then he went into a bucking fit. Yes, I stayed on and I continued to work with him and he was fine. Howie had lunged him before I even got on and he still had some stubbornness about counter clock wise but no bucking.
Do you have any thoughts as to why he might be doing this? Any suggestions on what may do to help correct this issue?
He is a beautiful mover and has a very smooth trot. I wish my Legs had that kind of trot. Once he gets everything put together he is going to be a wonderful horse.....I can't wait till that day. He is so smart. He picks up on things I ask after only one or two tries of asking him. He is just super. Howie is just in love with him and he adores Howie.
Well, I should let you go but if you can give any thoughts on my questions please let me know. Thanks hope all is well with you.
Elizabeth's Training Notes: Max may still need another chiropractic adjustment. (He had his first one here at the farm.) Do his daily stretches and butt tucks.
I would not ask for the canter until he can move quietly clock wise. Put side reins on him and free lunge him in the round pen. He needs to build up his strength in the back end.
We lunge the horse for a few weeks after the first chiropractic adjustment. The chiropractor tells us that we can tell how they are doing by watching to see that both back legs are coming under him by the same amount. If one is striding shorter, that means he still needs work in the back end so we do lots of stretches and cross over exercises. Put the side reins on loosely and it will make him use his back better. 'Max" has no muscle tone because he was turned out to pasture and has been doing nothing for a few months.
November 14, 2006
Howard and "Max" meet for the first time. - November 12, 2006
I just wanted to send a quick email to you. It was so great to meet with you both on Sunday. Also, I wanted to drop you a line regarding Max. He is doing absolutely wonderful. He really is such a comical horse. Howie was scratching him yesterday and he would turn around and try to nip at him, and when Howie would say something, he would turn his head like "Who ME?" "I didn't do that." He just is so sweet and he seems like he is an easy stall keeper so far. He is just so mischievous. Will give you an update probably over the weekend if not before.
November 12, 2006 - "Max" is purchased by Lisa and Howard Snyder of Richmond Hills, Georgia which is near Savannah.
Maximum Impact was a former Prospect Horse for Sale. Elizabeth picked up "Max" during her recent trip to Kentucky to visit the Fasig-Tipton sales in early November. She was able to bring "Max" to Bits & Bytes Farm when a stall opened up. Before we could get him up on our Horses for Sale page, Lisa and Howard Snyder decided to purchase him. They had been watching him on our Prospect Horses for Sale page.
Former Prospect Horse for Sale "Max" has been SOLD! Congratulations to Lisa and Howard Snyder from the Savannah, Georgia area. November 12, 2006
Maximum Impact and Lisa. November 12, 2006
OTTB Maximum Impact enjoys his turn out to the "Max"!
Elizabeth's first ride on OTTB Maximum Impact. - November 9, 2006
November 6, 2006 - Maximum Impact arrives at Bits & Bytes Farm from Kentucky.
Maximum Impact is now at Bits & Bytes Farm. November 7, 2006
OTTB - Maximum Impact was a former Prospect Horse for Sale.