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Tactical Blast is enjoying her new life with Staci Tomacari in Florida. June 2007

Tactical Blast is enjoying her new life with Staci Tomacari in Florida. June 2007

 

 

Tactical Blast was a Prospect Horse For Sale in April 2007.

Tactical Blast was a Prospect Horse For Sale in April 2007. She was purchased by Staci Tomacari of Palm Harbor, FL

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Tactical Blast -aka "Willow"
Purchased by Staci Tomacari of Palm Harbor, FL

June 3, 2007

Tactical Blast - June 3, 2007

Dear Elizabeth,
Did I say shy???? This mare has not just come out of her shell, she burst out!! She makes me laugh everyday at how curious she is. I swear if she could talk she would say "are those my brushes", "here, I'll hold that hoof pick in my mouth until you need it", "are those my splint boots, I love that funny velcro noise".....on and on! She also now gladly meets new people and has formed a strong bond with her pasture mate Dixie. It makes me so happy to see her embrace her new life.

Tactical Blast and her pasture mate Dixie.
Tactical Blast and her pasture mate Dixie.

We have spent this first month mostly getting to know each other. I have started the Parelli games, which are great as she needs work on her ground manners, as expected. We started lunging last week and she's now a pro! She was a little confused at first, but figured it out in 2 lessons. I'm going to add the side reins this week. As I am sure you can tell, I am in no hurry to ride her and want to do everything slowly and cheerfully! My plan for the next couple of weeks is to add the side reins, teach her to stand at the mounting block and of course continue the natural horsemanship lessons. What fun, I look forward to seeing her and our "lessons" every day!

OTTB mare - Tactical Blast - June 2007

She is slowly gaining much needed weight. I have very gradually increased her grain over the first few weeks. Her diet consists of crimped oats, a supplement called "just add oats" to make it complete, rice bran meal, Wysong oil, and free choice hay which I rotate for variety. Also, she has had chiropractic work and acupuncture with b-12 injections. She needed work on both ankles, knees, a shoulder and both hips. Quite a mess but I'm working hard to get her feeling her best. She is also in the middle of a 14 day herbal detox that my naturopath has had good results with. Hopefully will help her body get rid of all the "junk" they give them at the track.

Lastly, I would like to thank you, like so many others in their success stories, for the work you do and making it possible for me to find this wonderful horse! She has amazed me from day one with her beauty, intelligence and willingness to trust. I will write again soon and hopefully will have pictures of our first ride!

With Thanks

Staci and Tactical Blast(aka Willow!)

Elizabeth's Note: Staci is doing everything right! She is taking her time and getting the mare used to her new life. She is giving her supplements to help her get feeling normal and doing the chiropractic adjustments that will speed the process. The Natural Horsemanship work will allow Staci and Tactical Blast aka "Willow" to bond and become a team. Well done Staci. We look forward to lots of Success Stories from this pair.

Our Prospect Horse - Tactical Blast has made it home to Florida!

April 23, 2007

Our Prospect Horse - Tactical Blast has made it home to Florida!
Our Prospect Horse - Tactical Blast has made it home to Florida!

Hi Elizabeth!
My beautiful girl is home! Wanted to let you know that Tactical Blast arrived in Florida on Saturday, a day early. I was unfortunately at work all day(she wasn't supposed to come until Sunday), but luckily I have great friends that helped settle her in until I could get there. She seems to be settling in well and has had some time turned out in a small paddock. There are only 2 other mares at our farm and we are going to introduce them soon. Once acquainted, she will go out with them on night turn-out. I like that schedule as they are out about 15-16 hours and keeps them out of the hot Florida sun!

She seems very quiet/laid back and a little shy but definitely curious! In fact, we got to see just how quiet she is when the shipper came in a truck to big to get back to the farm(she was supposed to transfer to a 3-4 horse in Ocala). They decided to unload her about 1/2 mile away and Andre(my trainer) walked her the rest of the way! Just a Parelli halter, no chain! He said she was interested in everything but walked like a lady the whole way! What a good girl!

Our Prospect Horse - Tactical Blast has made it home to Florida!
Tactical Blast April 2007

So far she likes being groomed, LOVES her ears being scratched, and has decided that carrots are a really good thing!(She's still not sure about apples though!). I will keep in touch and let you know of our progress.

I so look forward to working with her she is everything I hoped for! Thank you for all of your help, I'm so glad I made that phone call! And if this ends up on the website, I'd like to say to anyone "on the fence" , do not hesitate to pick up the phone! These are beautiful, amazing horses so deserving of a second chance and, you, Elizabeth, made it very easy and put my mind at ease right away about buying a horse sight unseen. Your knowledge, experience, great connections(Lauren and Dr. Lorito were awesome!) made the entire process smooth and easy. Thanks again and I will write again soon.

Staci Tomacari

Tactical Blast was a Prospect Horse For Sale in April 2007. She was purchased by Staci Tomacari of Palm Harbor, FL

Tactical Blast was a Prospect Horse For Sale in April 2007.

Click here to see her Prospect Horse For Sale page.

 


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