Friday, September 6, 2013

Dominique's thoroughbred



This is Dominique. She's from France. Dominique wasn't in the market for a horse. But a year ago, she gave her heart to this guy.



Most race horses who don't make the grade at a high-end track face a dismal future. They're taught but one trick, and that's to lean on the bit and run. Rather the last thing you want unless you're a jockey.



But these two decided to write their own destiny.



They say soft hands make a good rider. Of course, that's true. But in this case, I'll bet gentle eyes made all the difference.

26 comments:

  1. Dominique and "Guy" are a pair, that's plain to see.

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  2. I don't think I've ever visited the stables (I'm there daily), without seeing Dominique. True devotion.

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  3. I'm pretty sure they're communicating telepathically. It just happens. look how much they love one another!

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  4. This and your previous post touched my heart. I don't have experience with horses, but I do love animals, sometimes more than humans.

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  5. I enlarged the last photo and I saw an amorous smile of love to the horse.

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  6. And Knight is such a sweetie. He looks like a completely different horse than the horse that arrived at the barn.

    I'm so happy to see Dominique on him. I know she's been waiting for the day to be able to ride him--such a joyous milestone!

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  7. Dominique is a woman of great intelligence and she's also very serious. Her normal expression is that of a person trying to solve an extremely complicated problem.

    But every time she looks at Knight, her face just lights up; I mean, every single time.

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  8. It looks like a match made in heaven. What a blessing they both are for each other. *sigh* I really need a horse in my life again...

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  9. Call me crazy...I'm thinking I'd love to ride a race horse...lean on the bit and run!!!

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  10. This horse won the lottery. Maybe they both did.

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  11. What a happy story for both of them.

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  12. Chieftess you would, there's nothing like it.

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  13. I'm pretty sure I told you I was an exercise rider at Santa Anita. It was like my bartending career at the Beverly Wilshire; both jobs lasted less than a day.

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  14. Why only a day at the track??? That seems like a cool job??? I worked at Disneyland for 1 day...I got to sling mashed potatoes all day...I was about 25...the micro manager that hovered was maybe 18 and socially unacceptable!!!

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  15. Her expression says it all. What a beautiful post.

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  16. Wonderful story -- and love the photos, especially the last one.

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  17. That's a special relationship. So glad she let you take photos ~

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  18. Ah, a happy human-animal story is a breath of fresh air. Sounds like true love.

    I want to hear more about your one-day careers.

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  19. beautiful horse - it's been my experience that all thoroughbreds that land in the hands of equestrians are failed race horses. Like grey hounds, they find their way. It's the life long damage to their legs that is their worst enemy

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  20. great pics......makes me want to go for a ride.....no something I've done for a looooong time!!!

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  21. I never thought about it, PA, but you're right -- every thoroughbred I've met off the track started at the track. Fortunately, Knight's legs are sound.

    My career as an exercise rider ended abruptly due to my spontaneous or should we say unscheduled dismounts.

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  22. What a sweet post. Looks like a good match.

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  23. I'd say they both have gentle eyes!

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  24. It's about time I took some photos of thoroughly bred horses!
    Gotta try to corect that in the next couple of weeks. But when they will appear see the light of day on my blog is another story.

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