He Will Show You The Way, Grasshopper. . . .

What it comes down to, is that a horse like Cruz is going to teach someone to become a better rider.  He knows his job, can memorize a dressage test faster than a human, and absolutely shines when it comes to jumping.

When my working student approached me about working with sale horse Cruz, it didn’t take much thought for me to reply, “Yes”.  Alex has admired the sport of Eventing as a spectator, but has never had a chance to compete until this past weekend. And what a better opportunity for Cruz and Alex to team up and do it together.

Alex was nervous before her dressage test, but I reminded her that Cruz would take care of her and all she needed to do was sit up, be elegant and let Cruz do the work. She came out of the test with a huge smile and a handful of 8’s and 7’s in the test.

Jumping was fun to watch as Cruz was navigated around the course, taking inside lines, super bending lines, slicing across a vertical and strutting a bit afterwards. Again the smile was there on Alex’s face when she said, “That was the best! Cruzie was fantastic.”

“Oh yes. He is the best. He will show you the way, Grasshopper.”

They finished in 4th and celebrated with a handful of licorice.

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For Sale – Cruz Control

For information on Cruz Control, please see the HORSES FOR SALE page.

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Stall Opening March 1st – With Discount Special!

Stall opening starting March 1st for horse in training. Sign up for 30 – 60 – 90 days training and receive a discount in the 2nd and 3rd month.

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Specializing in re-training Thoroughbreds for the show ring.

1st month starts at $1200, 2nd month discounted down to $1000, and 3rd month discounted to $800. It’s a great program that offers young horses, especially those making the transition from racing to the show world a chance to be properly conditioned both physically and mentally. Call the farm to reserve space – 404-202-4935

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Sold – Red Hot Chili Pepper

Congratulations to everyone on the sale of Red Hot Chili Pepper!  We are happy for Dr. Loonam that she found her Eventing partner.

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Red Hot Chili Pepper – SOLD

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Sold – Playitagain Howie

Little Kentucky Farm congratulates Ivey Watson on her purchase of Playitagain Howie. They make an impressive pair and will have many years together Eventing!

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Sold – Playitagain Howie

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The Season Comes to an End

Photography by Mark Lehner Photography

Pine Top Thanksgiving Horse Trials in Thomson, Georgia is always the best event to end a season. Many of my friends arrived a couple days early, set up camp and celebrated Thanksgiving right there at the stables. It is a great time of year to be with good friends and of course, the horses.

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Artful Way – Pine Top Thanksgiving 2014

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Zeb & Ray – Pine Top 2014

 

It’s been a busy year for me, and now that Ray is completely heeled from surgery on his leg, we are planning on having an exciting and full 2015 season. We already have part of the calendar filled out up to May of 2015!

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Artful Way – Pine Top 2014

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Zeb & Ray – The last fence on cross country

I’m looking forward in starting a fresh new season and hopefully get some of the prospects out and about.  Merry Christmas!

GO Thoroughbred!

 

 

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Help Me, to Help You

Selling horses is constantly evolving mostly due to technology such as the internet. It can make things easier and it can certainly make things harder for the seller and the buyer. Lately, I’ve had some interesting experiences and thought if I wrote about it, it could help everyone involved.

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Selling horses can be frustrating

When searching for a horse to purchase and possibly considering a horse from Little Kentucky, keep the following in mind:

1) Read sale ads carefully and have an understanding of what the terminology in the ad means. For example, if it’s a 2 year old Thoroughbred taken off the track and is described as a ‘prospect’, it is a good bet the horse has never jumped a 3′ oxer. So don’t ask how high the horse can jump.

2) If the ad says “FOR SALE”, don’t ask if the horse can be leased or if there could be a trade.

3) When inquiring, do NOT text the phone number of the seller unless instructed otherwise. It is a lazy approach, rude and a first-class ticket of getting deleted.

4) Don’t contact the seller unless you are a serious buyer and is prepared to make an appointment to come see the horse in person.

5) Never make a dollar offer on a horse you have never seen in person.

6) If the price says $20K on a horse, it is safe to assume that the seller wants full asking price or might lower the price by a few numbers. Don’t make an insulting offer. Here at LKF, it isn’t an episode of Antique Archaeology. We don’t haggle, barter or trade.

7) Do your homework on the seller.

8) Always bring your trainer on the 1st visit. Be dressed to ride.

9) Don’t ask for personalized videos made to order. This isn’t McDonald’s.

10) Little Kentucky Farm is not a Thoroughbred rescue.

11) Stop referring to Thoroughbreds as OTTB. They are Thoroughbreds. OTTB is not a breed. Not all Thoroughbreds are ex-racehorses.

12) Just because it is a Thoroughbred, don’t assume it should be sold for bargain basement prices.

13) No I don’t have an accent and my horses at LKF are usually American Thoroughbreds. If you’re easily swayed by an accent, fancy warmblood names with astronomical prices for an import – Don’t call us.

14) If you love Thoroughbreds, have read the sale ads carefully and want to call the farm, we welcome your calls and will work hard to find the right horse for you.

Sermon is over . . . GO Thoroughbred!

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October Chattahoochee Hills Trials 2014

Last weekend was the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Fairburn, GA. As the season is drawing near to an end, at the last minute I decided to compete Ray – and I’m glad that I did. Our Open Preliminary division was early in the morning, chilly with a nice sunrise. Ray was tight and tense (something I’m very familiar with) in the warm-up, so I made the decision that I’d do the entire Dressage test in a medium gate. It paid off, where Ray had nice ground covering movement and he was more up in front and pulled less on my hands.

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Artful Way – Oct. Chattahoochee Hills 2014

Cross country was soon after and Ray was a super star once again. This horse honestly loves Cross Country, and is not only easy to manage on course, but is so fast that we usually make great time. The course was designed to be gradually more difficult. With big narrow hedge tables, some of the big fences were placed into the terrain where galloping up steep hills can wear a horse out quickly. Luckily with Thoroughbreds, there’s always enough gas in their tanks.

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Artful Way – Cross Country

The course ended with a coffin complex into a slanted table. Jumping off at the finish and taking a quick look at Ray, everything looked great and he was hardly puffing. He must have known he was amazing, because he jigged and pranced all the way back to the shed row.

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Artful Way dressed in pink for Oct. Breast Cancer Awareness

Sunday was Show Jumping and I’m happy to say that the hard work is paying off. We stayed forward in the canter, straight, and Ray used his shoulders and knees over the fences. By the time we got to fence 10A I remember thinking, “Wow, this is a clear ride so far.”

My one word of advice is to NEVER say that until you go over the last fence on course! I stopped riding at fence 10A, as I heard a ‘thud’ of the top rail. I snapped out of it and finished with the rest of the rails in their cups . . . but OH I WAS SO MAD at myself! We finished in 4th place and did a victory gallop to the ‘Mr. Ed’ theme song blaring over the PA. I was thrilled for Ray and we are looking forward in finishing the season Thanksgiving weekend at Pine Top.

I’d like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Woody Kennedy for providing pink polos and saddle pads over the weekend for Breast Cancer Awareness. It’s always a great cause.

GO Thoroughbred! GO Boobs!

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