all in Aftercare

April is here and the snow has finally melted in Maine. Last week my amazing husband Oliver skimmed the round pen of mud, manure, and frozen patches. Now I can commit to my full-time training program with Shanghaied. It starts with the basics: manners, body conditioning and working with a 6-year-old Thoroughbred mind that has a bright spirit.

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance launched an online survey to gauge Thoroughbred industry participants’ views on Thoroughbred aftercare.

The survey is now live and can be accessed through this link: http://bit.ly/TAAaftercareSurvey

The TAA encourages all Thoroughbred industry participants, from owners and trainers to breeders, horseplayers, and fans, to take the survey and share their feedback.

This year, America’s Best Racing and the Retired Racehorse Project will be sharing diaries from several trainers preparing for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover competition, scheduled for Oct. 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park. This  week we check inwith equestrienne and horse racing industry professional Hillary Ramspacher, who shares challenges she's encountered with Thalia and details the new pony and pig friends that are helping Thalia adjust.

This year, America’s Best Racing and the Retired Racehorse Project will be sharing diaries from several trainers preparing for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover competition, scheduled for Oct. 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park. This week we check back in with Michigan resident and lifelong Thoroughbred lover Jessica Sheidy, who shares an update on Wex's progress and a challenge they've encountered.

By Anne D. W. Poulson

U.S. Army veteran Aroch Bolanos considered himself lucky. He returned home after enduring two tours of duty at the height of the Iraq War and had been spared from the physical injuries suffered by thousands of his fellow soldiers. Despite his seemingly healthy appearance, Bolanos realized that something was wrong. His behavior had become erratic. He was angry. Impatient. Relationships were crumbling around him. Bolanos had become a completely different person and he had no idea why.

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