Do you wonder how to buy a horse and make the right choice?
How many times have you looked at a horse for sale and fell in love?
Finding a great horse is a difficult endeavor.
Here is a good place to start:
Bottom line for you is that you want to buy a horse you can bring home, ride and love. Try to purchase a horse that you can afford. Before you start shopping, educate yourself as much as possible by:
Big money players, make big money plays!! Hollywood is good!
Learn to ride a horse: Remember to warm up first
We all have those days where feeling stiff and sore slows us down and dampens our enjoyment, and horses are no exception to this. A good pre-ride workout (especially in winter) can help you and your beloved horse stay limber and agile. All too often, the temptation to throw on the saddle in a mad dash and speed of into a training session can lead to injury or accident.
If your horse is acting a little hesitant or more resistant to cooperation than usual, try the following techniques. You may find a gentle warm up is all that he's asking for.
First, as any good rider will tell you, a proper body and equipment check is a vital part of the process. Is the horse comfortable with the saddle and bridle? Are there any visible bruises or markings, perhaps from an encounter with another horse in the stable?
Next, take your horse for a walk, circling left then right at a steady pace. Check for signs of cramp or discomfort. Encourage him to bend his neck, and observe his responses. If he seems happy, begin a gentle trot at a slow pace. Don't allow him to dictate the pace, instead remain in control and keep observing.
When you're confident that both yourself and our horse are feeling good, increase the pace of the trot and think about starting your practice routine. These and other proper warm up techniques are wonderful opportunities to get to know your horse better.
Learn to read his responses and decide what he's trying to tell you, and make the warm up a part of your daily routine. Your horse should come to expect it just as much as you, and this sets both of you up well for a good working relationship.
|The Hollywood Derby
Hollywood Park, Inglewood California
Since 1938 the Hollywood Derby had been run in California, at the now closed Hollywood Park. Over the years the race was run on dirt and turf tracks.
The race is for 3 year old horses, it is run on the Turf Course.
The race is run at 1 1/4 miles. The Hollywood Derby is a Grade 1 Stakes Race. Which means that it is of the highest rated quality.
The purse was $500,000 U.S. Dollars.
3 Fillies have won the race, Busher in 1945, Honeymoon in 1946 and A Gleam in 1952.
Willie Shoemaker the famous jockey who was home based in California has won the race a record 8 times. Below is a previous list of recent winners of the Hollywood Derby.