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Horowitz On OTTBs, Presented By Excel Equine: ‘Victory’ At The Thoroughbred Makeover Looks A Little Different For Everyone

The performances that make me smile the biggest and appreciate the retired racehorses and the trainers that care so much for them at the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover the most are not necessarily the ones that win ribbons or even make the Finale. Don’t get me wrong: as the announcer of the Thoroughbred Makeover since […]

Horowitz On OTTBs, Presented By Excel Equine: Like Snowflakes, No Two OTTBs Are Alike

If horses could talk, this is what I imagine the responses would be if my wife and I asked each of our top event horses, “Can you do (fill in the blank with something we’d like our horses to do)?” Ashley’s chestnut mare Tiny Dancer (JC: Emily’s Pegasus) would respond, “Yes, I’d love to!” There […]

Horowitz On OTTBs, Presented By Excel Equine: Shifting Gears, For The Good Of The Horse

I began this column at the start of 2020. I had no idea where it would lead, nor did anyone have an idea how the entire year of 2020 would play out. The goal, which the title of the series, “Thoroughbred Makeover Diaries,” reflected, was that I would chronicle my journey to the 2020 Retired […]

Thoroughbred Makeover Diaries Presented By Excel Equine: The Next Generation Sees Aftercare As The Future, Not A Charity

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, who was born and raised in Louisville, changed boxing, as well as society at large. Quarterback Johnny Unitas, who played college football at the University of Louisville, was the architect of the two-minute drill. German immigrant J. Frederick Hillerich pioneered the modern baseball bat and founded Louisville Slugger. In horse racing, […]

Thoroughbred Makeover Diaries Presented By Excel Equine: Riding Lessons About Nothing

I had my most valuable but optically boring riding lessons ever at the Super G Sporthorses farm my wife and I run in Parker, Colo., this month. I loved them, but I recognize that it was in the same way that George Costanza in Seinfeld loved pitching TV executives to create a show about “nothing” […]

Thoroughbred Makeover Diaries Presented By Excel Equine: What To Do About ‘Trainer Fatigue’

Writers usually write about topics on which they are an expert. That’s not the case here. I’m attempting to write about something I’m experiencing but don’t quite know how to diagnose or solve…yet. Hopefully, this space, which has come with all the support you have given me over the past year of sharing my riding […]