Me and Steady on our very first ride. I was 20 lbs heavier, my saddle fit terribly and we were generally a big mess. But I was as happy as a girl could be.
I decided on Steady and brought him to his new home, in my back yard. This is where this story begins and why "Slow and Steady wins the race" came about. The title of the blog does not refer to the speed of Steady himself. He is far from slow. He raced all the way up until 10 years of age. He won 8, placed 9 and showed 13 races. Had 75 starts and won a total of $335,000 over his career. Not to shabby. He even won a race as little as one year ago and his last race was January of this year. Actually I was just told a story about how Steady would still be racing had the man that owned him not owed his trainer money. The owner still wanted to race him but the trainer decided Steady deserved to retire and that is why she was finding him a new home. Slow is refering to the process of retraining a racehorse for a new career. If you have done it then I know you will relate. If you have not but it interests you I am sure you can learn a little from our experience. Even if it is from our mistakes. They are unique creatures in many many ways as you will soon learn.