Shelby's Hill aka "Ping"
January 6, 2008
I have an update on Ping, aka Shelby's Hill.
We had a rocky summer with soundness. He was foot sore and then
compensated and was body sore... the vet said he was sound, just
and drew up an exercise program for him, gave him a few shots of
Adequan and we were on our way. He is sound, we were just victims
the Maine weather... Then he had an abscess... pulled off his shoe
so when winter came around and he was really sound, I opted for the
indoor arena. He is doing really well there.
There is no question
he had some really good training before he went to the track.
Someone broke him very nicely. Other than a hard time getting
the left lead canter ( like he's never done that...:0) his flat
work is really good. He is quite supple laterally also.
His challenge is his self esteem (can you tell I teach middle
school?). He gets really really worried when other horses call or
move about. We are working on that this winter.
It's getting better and better.
I love this horse. It was a cold morning at the barn and the horses
were fed late and not turned out when I arrived... I saddled up
anyway, led him into the ring and got on.. We had a great ride. How
many 4 year olds can you lead out of the stall, not lunge and have
nice ride on? He has a great mind. not spooky. He has grown some
and filled out a lot, but I'm still hoping for another growth spurt!
If I can get him out next summer to a few events, on the trails
He is going to make an amazing kid's horse. He loves people. Runs
over to you in the pasture... follows you around.
Not girthy, very goofy, no fear. He is training up more like a QH
than a TB. Except he does move out. He has a walk that endurance
riders would die for.
I can't wait for my instructor to see him.
I've been basically working alone since May. I am very happy that
bought my "Internet horse". I have never worried about
him. I know
that if he didn't suit my needs he was such a quality horse that
could sell him easily, and try another one from you! As it is,
it will take quite a check for me to part with him now.
Happy New Year!
Sarah Farnham and Ping
OTTB - Shelby's Hill enjoying a ride with his mom Sarah Farnham.
May 3, 2007
I must say as I read through your training
notes that Ping has been
following what you say on your website to the "T". I have
though, that I don't think it is important to get on them right
away. He told the animal communicator he needed a month and I
scoffed a bit, but true to his word :) a month later he was ready.
Maybe it was the testosterone or whatever it is they inject at the
tracks. I even told the vet that his vet check was 100% accurate.
Would you mind if I wrote an article about my wonderful experience
getting Ping, and about your website? We have a Horse Newspaper
here in Maine.
April 23, 2007
Just an update on Ping.
He is just the best horse ever. When I first got on him in my
I thought someone had sold me an old lesson horse. He tries so
hard. He haven't cantered yet, and are working on getting stronger
as a riding horse. He is quite nervous in the crossties when tacking
up, but I think this will get better as he realizes his job doesn't
require racing. He is getting along with his other two gelding
buddies quite well, although they do have to reprimand him frequently
as he is playful. I was glad to get the papers to see that he
yet four. That leads me to believe he has some growing yet to do.
is still very thin. Right now his movement is average but he has
huge overstep at the walk and I have hope that the trot will float
more as he gets stronger. He is a beautiful horse to look at (
spite of his ribs) and when he fills out and grows he will be just
gorgeous. I am so glad I took him from the racetrack!
March 4, 2007
The vet thought Ping's "ouch" was in his foot... but
I think he maybe rolled over a snowball or something and just tweaked
something. It is coming along.
A question... when I hand walk him
he is very nervous and part of this is he is in my face. ..like
a baby would do. He shakes his head and tries to rub continuously
on my hand holding the lead. When he comes in my space I poke
him but he just doesn't get it.
He is out in a small paddock 9 hours a day but he seems pent
up... is he detoxing?
He was much quieter when he first came.
... he is ravenous. He nearly goes through the roof when it is
grain time. He gets hay hay hay... all he wants and he has been
wormed... just keep feeding him I guess?
Thanks a lot.
Elizabeth's Notes: When horses come off-the-track
they do not know what to expect. Their only experience has been
race training and racing. It is not uncommon for a horse to either
be "hyped up" or really quiet when they first come home.
The true personality of the horse will come later when he is no
longer sore from racing and he has a full belly. The more love
and discipline you give the horse from the start, the more he will
bond with you. The horse is nervous and scared like a kid at summer
camp for the first time. He will look to you for comfort and support
if you take charge. This is where understanding the principles
of Natural Horsemanship will help with the ground work and teach
him to respect your space.
February 26 , 2007
Picture of my daughter, Elizabeth 5 and Ping.
February 18, 2007
Lauren mentioned that this barn didn't
cater much to their horses... not a lot of bedding, rough coats
etc. He was not abused, he just needs some help as do most of
them I guess.
He's just so young looking.
He hasn't eaten his grain ( just gave him a bit) I just think
he is tired and confused.
So I don't think he was uncared for,
just not catered to.
Yes, will get the vet and farrier etc. I think he might have
a funny tooth...
Thanks for making this simple. Ping and I have already bonded
more than my mare and I ever did... I have hopes of fun times
Will keep you posted.
Ping thanks you!
PS Lauren said that the barn people.trainer etc were so excited
that he was going to a good home and said I was going to love him....
February 18, 2007
Ping arrived here about 3 am, tired, a bit cold and nervous.
When we walked in this morning at 6 am he was out cold ...snoozing
and I caught a picture of him covered in shavings and bleary-eyed.
Last night he was very stallion-like but this morning not as
much. My other OTTB told him through the window just how things
were,so that might have knocked the testosterone right out
He seems very sweet but he does need a lot of work. He is quite
thin, teeth smell funny and his feet... what WERE they THINKING?
Even the vet didn't know... so those need to come off ASAP.
Yes, he is small... between 15.2 and 15.3 by my measure. That
is my only disappointment so far and I have hope.. since my Scooby
horse came to me at almost the same age and I think was 15.2
and he is now 16h and wide and filled out. plus personality counts
for a lot and I think Ping is going to be great in that department.
We are supposed to get more snow and that will mean I won't be
able to get on him for a while. That might be OK because he has
to be sore. I've never seen a horse so tucked up. I turned him
out and he just stood there, shrinking into himself and shaking.
I think when he settles in he will be very happy. Will send a
pic when I find the connector for the camera.
PS He is named after my Cambodian friends's baby... Ping.