05/20/12

Horse and Riders – Famous Rider Trivia Quiz.

In the not too distant past…before the Tin Lizzy and the Wright Bros , a little less than 150 years ago, horses were one of the major means of transportation and power for many activities. Even today we still use the term horse power when classifying the amount of work many of our machines can do. The classic definition is the value James Watt adopted in the late 18th century.

The power to lift 33,000 lbs one foot in one minute. Now I am grateful for many machines I have but none of them can exhibit the affection a horse can. Over the years I have witnesses many images of the love and affection horse and rider have shared that cannot be experienced with a machine. Granted I love my favorite car but it just isn’t the same.

What about you? Do you remember any of the old westerns or historic figures of the past and the horses they rode. I’m sure you could probably add to this list and we encourage you to do so in the comment section.

Here is our list see if you can match up the rider with the horse. Post your score in the comments.

The winner will get the satisfaction that comes from knowing you really know famous horse riders and their horses…sorry wish it could be more. The Answers are at the end…no peeking!

Trivia Quiz-Match Famous Rider and Horse
1 Napoleon   a Thunder
2 Red Ryder   b Tarzan
3 Queen Elizabeth II   c Red Fox
4 Alexander The Great   d Papoose
5 Dale Evans   e Brown Beauty
6 Jesse James   f Burmese
7 Tom Mix   g Fritz
8 Stone Wall Jackson   h Diablo
9 King Author   i Tony
10 Little Beaver   j Traveller
11 General Custer   k Roger Leo
12 George Washington   l Marengo
13 Simon Bolivar   m Llamrei
14 Bill Hart   n Blackie
15 Ken Maynard   o Bucephalus
16 Robert E Lee   p Cincinnati
17 Sitting Bull   q Little Sorrel
18 Paul Revere   r Comanche
19 Ulysses S Grant   s Palomo
20 Cisco Kid   t Buttermilk

 

I have to put the answers here which is very close to the quiz and I am counting on you not to peek. Place a piece of paper over the answers and finish up I’M WATCHING!!

Answers
1,l
2,a
3,f
4,o
5,t
6,c
7,i
8,q
9,m
10,d
11,r
12,k
13,s
14,g
15,b
16,j
17,n
18,e
19,p
20,h

 

How did you do? Post your score in the comments and get your bragging rights

05/18/12

About Horses – My Owner's Voice

What I have known about horses is confirmed by a recently published UK study, horses can and do recognize their owner’s’ voice.  I can attest to this cognitive ability from personal experience with a number of my horses.

One of myfavorite horses, Kinglikes Star, whom I raised from a foal, broke, trained and showed to his AQHA Championship, surprised me some three years after he was sold.  I had not seem him in all that time, when he and I met out in the Hill Country of Texas.

I was surprised when I, by accident, walked up on him in an isolated stall on a ranch I was visiting.  He began to nicker softly to me and as I walked up and spoke to him, he began to rub his head against me.  He did not react to any of the other people with me. Oh, yes!  He recognized his former owner’s voice, as well as her scent.

Perhaps the best of my show horses,Busy San, would begin to nicker to me as soon as I stepped in the door of the huge stable area of different live stock shows, such as the ones in Houston, Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Dallas.  Often, there would be as many as 20 rows of stalls between Busy San and me.  It was full of hundreds of horses and all the noise of those huge buildings.  In Busy San’s case, not only did he recognize his owner’s voice, but he recognized the sound of my foot steps.

Busy San - Champion Quarter Horse

Busy San - Champion Quarter Horse

 

I also found that my horses definitely recognized my particular perfume.  It seemed that horses that had not smelled Chanel No. 5, were often, for lack of a better word, frightened by the odor.

The UK study mentioned that mares were better at recognizing their owner’s voice than the males.  As you can see, I disagree, as my own horses that I have mentioned were, either stallions or geldings.

If you would like to share stories about horses you have owned, please post your story in the comment section below.

 

05/16/12

Quarter Horse Racing Popularity

 Quarter Horse Racing’s popularity always seems to be on the wane. Do you ever wonder why?

I have always loved everything about America’s horse, the American Quarter Horse. In an effort to post current Quarter Horse racing information, I find a real lack of resources, when compared to the TB racing world. Perhaps this might be one of the many reasons for the lack of public interest.

Most QH races are 440 yds. (1/4 mile or 2 furlongs) long and are over almost before they begin; in the 22+ second range. The regular betting public would rather have a couple of minutes to lose their money and actually be able to hear their favorite’s name called, at least once.

Quarter Horse Racing News

Most of the really big added money races like the All American Futurity are for 2 year olds and because these horses are so young, they have very little racing history to report on. By the time these kids finish their first hectic summer and fall racing schedules, many of them never make it any farther due to injuries.

It also seems that the American Quarter Horse Association is about the only source of historical information on Quarter Horse Racing. For most every report one gets from this organization, an annual membership is required and another charge is made for each individual report. Few non-owners, breeders and trainers are willing to spend this money. Another reason for lack of the betting public’s interest?

Although the Jockey Club, the registration and historical record arm for the Thoroughbred breed does require the purchase of many of their reports, their organization has maintained excellent records over the years and they are available from many sources if one just looks.

In my opinion, the serious bettors want all the information they can get on bloodlines,, racing records, back stories about the horses, trainers, owners and or breeders, before going to the track to wager on Quarter horse racing and it’s just not readily available.

Am I missing something?  Can any of you readers give me some sources on current Quarter Horse racing?  I would really like to share it.

Yes, I know, much of this information can be acquired from the Daily Racing Form. Again, a membership is required. If you have resources or opinions you would like to share please provide them in the comments below.

05/11/12

About Horses and Cats

Picture of Oh Hy Oh

Oh Hy Oh

By

Pat Cole

My Horses and Cats

Oh Hy Oh and his cat, Kaz

As the cool breeze of the early morning gently lifted his silky mane,
Oh Hy Oh gazed out his stall window with luminous brown eyes at the world round him.  The unique blaze in the shape of the number 1 was prophetic of the race horse he would become.   Not much was happening on the farm and the verdant, green grass of the paddock beckoned him.

The young tabby cat, Kaz, sauntered around the corner of the barn with his tail held straight up in the air.  He, too, was bored with waiting on the humans to begin the day’s activities.  In search of some distraction; perhaps an inattentive mouse or other prey, he strolled directly under Oh Hy Oh’s stall window and stopped.

Oh Hy Oh - 2 wks old -No. 1 on face

Oh Hy Oh - 2 wks old -No. 1 on face

The beautiful, sleek, bay neck stretched down to nuzzle the tabby, who froze when the velvety muzzle touched his back and ruffled his fur with his top lip. Gently, ever so gently, the young stallion, Oh Hy Oh, took the cat in his teeth holding him by the hide of his back and lifted him in the air.

With Kaz perfectly stiff, like a fireplace poker, Oh Hy Oh raised his lovely head and stared straight ahead as if waiting to be noticed.  To the casual observer, the cat’s back was sure to be broken.

I very quietly and slowly eased closer while telling Oh Hy Oh, “Drop the cat.”  “Drop the cat.”  I didn’t want to startle him and cause him to hurt Kaz if he was still alive.

Upon closer inspection, Kaz showed absolutely no signs of distress and a very loud prrrr, prrrrr, prrrr emanated from the dangling feline.

After a few minutes displaying the cat, Oh Hy Oh opened his mouth and let him drop easily to the ground.  Oh Hy Oh and Kaz continued their wait for breakfast.

Bo Diamond Dandy and her Cats

No story about my horses would be complete without including a story  about  Oh Hy Oh’s mother, Bo Diamond Dandy and  her own personal cats when she was his age.  She had two of them.  Big white tom cats with the very original names of Two Eyes and Blue Eyes; one had two blue eyes and the other had one green eye and one blue eye.

Early one morning when I walked into Bo Diamond Dandy’s stall, Blue Eyes and Two Eyes were strolling along a purling 8 or 9 feet above the filly’s head.  They stopped, looked down at her and began to slowly twitch the ends of their tails.  I just knew what was coming and began to beg them not to do what they were thinking.

I knew any sudden movement could cause that very fractious filly to spin and kick me across the barn, so I froze in place pleading for the cats to move on.

Blue Eyes and Two Eyes ignored me as only cats can do and just dropped, one after another, straight down landing with all four feet in the middle of her back. My life flashed before my eyes.

Wonder of wonders.  Bo Diamond Dandy calmly continued munching on her hay, never lifting her head.  Those two darn cats just hoped down to the ground and continued their mouse patrol.

Just routine stuff. For more stories on horses I have owned head over to Horse Tales.

 

 

05/8/12

KENTUCKY DERBY – WHOSE FAULT WAS IT?

Bodemeister would have won if…..

So, here we are three  days after theKentucky Derby.  Everyone is second guessing everyone else, except Bob Baffert, that is.  Whose fault was it? There are a gillion excuses for one horse or another not winning the roses.  It seems a large majority of people would have been ecstatic if Bodemeister had won.  It’s easiest to blame his exceptional 2nd place finish on Mike Smith for his ride.

I’ve never ridden a horse out of the starting gates, but I have handled a lot of race horses.  We feed them, give them all their vitamins, groom them, massage them, baby them, exercise them, school them in the paddock and the starting gates and do everything we can think of to get them on their toes for the big race.  They are like bomb with a lit fuse.

Day of the race arrives and this explosive 1100 pound animal is handed off to the jockey who is expected to keep him calm and relaxed throughout.  In the paddock, people surround this gorgeous animal like ants. He is saddled and the jockey is given a leg up.  The horse knows this is not just another day in his life as a race horse, but the jockey is now responsible for his behavior and performance.

Bob Baffert

Bob Baffert—yausser (Flickr.com)

Bob Baffert did a marvelous job of conditioning and training BodemeisterMike Smith is one of the nation’s top jockeys.  Bodemeister is a well bred, well conformed and a well behaved horse, but he has never set foot on a track in front of 165,000+ cheering people to run a 1 ¼ mile race.  Can you imagine what is going through this young horse’s mind?  Neither can I, but Mike Smith is supposed to be able to convince him it’s just another day at the race track.

Mike did an exceptional job of assuring his mount that all was well.  Bodemeister comported himself well in front of all the people, and in the starting gate.

When the gates opened and 19 other horses thundered out, Bodemeister was right there in front.  He is a horse that was born to outrun other horses and that’s all he was thinking about.

In my experience of running a lot of horse races across some pasture or down the country road on my kid horse, I always found that no horse wants another horse’s head in front.  Often times, it was impossible to hold them back.  Sure, I wasn’t a professional jockey, but I was a darn good rider.  During a race, the horse was zoned out on everything except getting his head in front of his challenger.

One of my gurus told me that trying to hold a horse, rate him if you will, is more fatiguing to the horse than letting him run.  This is because the horse is fighting the jockey all the way and uses more energy doing that than just running without interference.

Everyone knew when Trinniberg entered the Derby, the entire dynamics of the race would change.  Trinniberg  tried to go to the front when the gates opened.  Trinniberg is one of the few horses that had as much early speed as Bodemeister,  but he didn’t have enough speed to get his head in front.  Sadly, he just threw it out there and quit.  It was enough to cause Bodemeister to use more energy than necessary at the beginning of the race.

Wonder what the outcome would have been if Bodemeister had drawn the No. 19 Post Position?

That’s horse racing, folks!!

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