The Quarter Horse Project
A youngsters legs above and below is a video of 2 quarter horses sprinting a final 2F down the lane after a mile gallop in Colorado at 6,000 feet above sea level: (sorry for the cell phone video, hope it comes through good on your end)
These babies just turned 2yo, as in 40 hours ago, and went through a thoroughbred style preparation in accord with the most popular post ever on this blog:
They are to be turned out for a few weeks here in January, then re-start preparations for the trials later this spring.
“In the past I would gallop them slow n long for a long time then whenever I’d work them fast they usually get sore. Mine also used to get tired real easily at altitude but now they seem very fit and recover very quickly.
The grey filly is just 18 months old the black one is 22 months old; so far no injuries and no lameness. This early in the year and they are working like an older, sound veteran racer.
I will continue the twice a week sessions as I’ve had very good results with it.
On Friday instead of galloping a full mile they only galloped a half and then we paired them up for a blast (video above). They came out hardly breathing hard at all and when I put them in the walker to cool off they were jumping and playing.”
I’ve never really contemplated QH training before now, as I figured the race was so short that conditioning may play a lesser role than in the TB game. But the more I think about it: quarter horses never run when tired – races range from 9-20 seconds in length and training is rarely over a mile. These sprinters should be more sound than 6F-10F horses, if bones/tendons are conditioned appropriately early on as in this example. Stay tuned.
“Hey bill just to let u know my futurity filly just worked 250 yds out of the gate and beat two others by two lengths and came out hardly breathing hard.”
– work officially timed from gate in 13.81 for the 250 yards, ranking 30/95 at that distance on that day.