Is It Time for Your Horse to Retire?
When and how to transition your horse from the show ring to a more leisurely lifestyle
Cori Sampson Vokoun has retired her share of competition horses. A construction manager who also owns and operates Buckshot Farms, in Roca, Nebraska, Vokoun competes in AQHA and NRHA reining, along with Arabian-breed amateur events that run the gamut from English and Western to halter and trail.
She says determining the right time and process for reinventing her horses’ careers can be both complicated and challenging. “Retiring a horse isn’t like parking a car in a garage and simply driving the other one,” Vokoun says. Yet, formulating a program that keeps him as healthy and happy as possible can be extremely rewarding.
As each horse reaches a point in his life where soundness or other factors begin to affect his ability to continue at his current level of competition, Vokoun puts a lot of thought into how to meet all of his needs—mental, physical, and
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