“Lundi came from New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program at the Covington, LA location! I went with a good friend to pick up her horse with no intention of bringing a Makeover prospect home for myself. After about 30 minutes of playing with Lundi, I smiled at my friend and she said, “There’s room on the trailer!”. My goal is to keep him relaxed/confident as I build his foundation as a sport horse. Then we’ll see what he excels at over the next few months and specialize from there! He’s very athletic and has a balanced build, so I’m crossing my fingers that being a good jumper is one of the things he’ll excel in.
Lundi is a very thoughtful horse. Which is one thing I really love about him. He takes in his surroundings well and learns new skills quickly! He’s also sensitive, but not reactive. I’ve put our first few rides on him with a halter and he’s been responsive and calm. He doesn’t like treats yet, but I don't think that will take long to change. My overall goal is to place him with the perfect person after the Makeover is complete. But with his sweet personality and unique coloring, I know he’ll be placed quickly.
For future competitors, the best advice I got last year was 1) “Get your horse out and about” and 2) “RIDE THEM CONSISTENTLY”. They travel a lot racing but some are still quite overwhelmed in the big situations. The easier your horse transitions into big environments and stays relaxed, the more fun and successful the Makeover will be! It’s also easy to procrastinate since there is 10 months of prep, and I was guilty of this last year, but my goal is to put a minimum of two rides a week on Lundi so we have a lot of consistency outside of groundwork!”