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Lovely Pebbles! I enjoyed all your photographs. Keep uploading new images! Pebble enjoys the 'green pastures of Wisconsin' I can see. A lucky horse.
Captain Jack Sparrow was so named as his barn name at the racetrack was 'Jack'. Jockey Club Name is: Well Ack Ack. When I bought him I quickly learned that he is a bit of a pirate (in a very sweet way). For example, if you try to put him back into the paddock before he is ready to go in, he will shake his head back and forth with a 'no!' He just wants to stay with his human companions for a little longer, when we visit.
If you safety tie him, he will gently untie the knot but stand quietly. His motto is really, "Please don't tie me up and restrict me -- I will stand quietly for you." Crossties are a definite no. He likes quiet voices and respect, but he has a great heart and will work hard for you, too, when in training or during regular exercise.
Another pirate behavior is pushing his muzzle against your pocket, in search of a treat. He loves to be massaged and rubbed on the withers, and he puts his nose out for a gentle kiss. He loves attention.
I will try to upload some close ups so you can also see his (Johnny Depp / Keith Richards) eyeliner -- on the bottom eyelid. He's definitely a pirate!
'Skibbereen' is an alternate spelling of the Gaelic word meaning 'Small Boat Harbor' -- so I thought it appropriate for a pirate. I am Irish.
Best wishes to you and your beautiful Pebbles.
Please consider not doing heavy work with her until she is four -- when her tendons and ligaments are fully formed. Then you will have a healthy horse for life.
Poor Jack was raced too early at the track and suffered patella damage on his right hind. We do mostly trot work and slow canter work with him, but will only hop over very small obstacles, no more than 1.5 feet.
Occasionally, his knee pops out of place and it worries him, but since he has been ridden more and is much fitter now, it has not occurred. Regular exercise is important to strengthen the ligaments that keep the UFP from presenting a problem. Trot work is best for him.
Keep Pebbles' joints healthy with a joint supplement when he begins his cutting training. Ask your veterinarian for suggestions regarding the best supplement. I use Platinum Performance CJ for joint health.
Have fun with Pebbles, stay safe and best wishes to you both!
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