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By Jonathan Horowitz
Paulick Report
September 24, 2020

2020 06 14 Sussy Bank 649x650“What are you planning to do with her?” I often ask my wife and trainer, Ashley Horowitz, as she's tacking up a horse to ride.

“I don't know,” is almost always her answer.

While that answer seems vague, like maybe she's being passive-aggressive in testing whether her husband of two months should already know the answer, I've learned that it's the most effective way to approach training horses. It puts the horse in charge of expressing what they're ready to learn and the rider in charge of crafting a positive experience.

The two most productive rides I've had on my 4-year-old bay OTTB filly Cubbie Girl North since my last Thoroughbred Makeover Diaries edition was published came when I didn't know what we were going to do until we were actually doing it. And, those two rides, which were back-to-back in a span of 72 hours, couldn't have been more different.

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