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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and the Thoroughbred

29th Jun 2020 Article by Graduate Stephanie Putsch All views expressed in the following article are those of Stephanie Putsch and do not represent the opinions of any entity whatsoever which have been, now or will be affiliated with The Irish National Stud.   Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and the Thoroughbred: a novel mental health treatment using

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Thoroughbreds Are Made For Eventing

Top eventer Holly Payne Caravella explains why she prefers American Thoroughbreds, most of whom are off the racetrack, and how she finds and retrains them for her sport. NANCY JAFFER UPDATED: SEP 26, 2019.   ORIGINAL: APR 21, 2017 After I graduated from the pony ranks, a Thoroughbred named The Federalist took me to what was then the

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Gucci’s latest campaign face is… a horse

Known for including a wide range of animals in his campaigns (we’ve had skateboarding peacocks and Harry Styles with his chickens) Alessandro Michele‘s Gucci SS20 animal of choice is a horse. Photographed by acclaimed director Yorgos Lanthimos, things start to make sense when you remember the filmmaker’s brilliant 2015 film The Lobster, where single people unable to find

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Ignore the neighsayers: equine therapy is a revelation

Bono the horse looked into my soul and taught me a valuable lesson. Now I just need to work on my neediness … I came across a woman near Brisbane who specialised in equine therapy. I wasn’t quite sure what it involved, but I signed up for a session anyway. Phoning home, I told my daughter

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Sara Louise Duffy Sparkles with Arvika Ligeonniere

Now owned and retrained by Sara Louise Duffy, Arvika Ligeonniere was with Willie Mullins and owned by Rich and Susannah Ricci. He is now 15yo and retired from racing at 9yo following injury.   He raced 18 times, with 10 wins, 4 at Grade 1 level (2012 Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase in Fairyhouse, 2012 Racing

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Behavioural Retraining

While most former racehorse can become excellent riding horses after their racing career, there are some common less desirable behaviours that may need retraining. So what lies behind these behaviours and how can they be overcome? Stephanie Bateman finds out… The throughbred is a versatile and intelligent breed, with many racehorses able to turn their

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Delight as Grand National runner-up shows his talent in second career

Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri is thriving in his new post-racing life after retiring from a successful career on the track last year. Paul and Clare Rooney’s talented gelding retired sound and well in March 2019 following a career spanning six seasons. The popular 12-year-old, by Flemensfirth, is enjoying his retraining with Pandora Lovett,

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Myth-busting common ‘problems’ when retraining racehorses

Retraining of Racehorses Fred and Rowena Cook run Equine Management and Training, specialising in the retraining of racehorses. They are the authors of Re-educating Racehorses — life after racing. Here they bust some common myths surrounding retraining racehorses… “Racehorses do not hack out” Yes they do. After all, most racehorses have to hack to and

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