So as our facebook fans may know, it was a big weekend down in Southern Pines for some of our alums. Fisher, Palmer, and Yellow Tavern were all out and about at SoPi I over the weekend, showing how amazing they are. Since Allie got some good photos, I’m sticking one up of Palmer, now being ridden by the amazing Jan Bynny, because he looks fantastic!
But first, I’m going to repost a picture from shortly after he arrived. Palmer was one of our skinner horses when he first came in, and he was also fairly suspicious. I spent a good hour the first time I saw him before I could get my hands on him (I can’t help it, I like a challenge! And I also like to show them people don’t always want stuff). I didn’t get any good pictures right away, but he looked tense, and underweight, and just sort of pathetic (hey, sometimes they look like sleek racing Gods, other times, not so much). So this is about three weeks later:
So let’s be honest. How many people, looking solely at that picture (or any number of similar pictures from the track, where horses may or may not be even standing up straight or in non-contorted fashion) would have said, “OMG! YES! I’LL TAKE THAT ONE!!!!”? And believe me, I think he looks much better in that pic than he did in person, too.
Fortunately, as we’ve been around a while, there are some folks out there who have come to trust our director’s word when she says, “hey, we have a REALLY nice one here!” And so Palmer found a new home, where he received some excellent basic training from trainer Jenn Simmons, and recently moved on to Jan Bynny, who he competed with over the weekend:
Palmer (Palm Crescent) came in fourth in Open Novice, and looks like he’ll have no trouble moving up in the future 🙂
Only really posting this because I love a success story, and also because for once I actually have the “before” picture. And also as a gentle reminder… when looking at horses still at the track or who are looking a little rough shortly after, it pays to have some vision. 🙂