Lois Keays's Blog (8)

Grey Horses, A Racing Icon & A Chance Encounter

I will preface this story with the advisement I love Thoroughbreds and Thoroughbred Horse Racing. At the age of six I discovered the Kentucky Derby and the subsequent US Triple Crown Races, then the Canadian Queen’s Plate and our own Triple Crown series. This year will mark the 56th Derby I’ve watched. I will…


Added by Lois Keays on April 1, 2018 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Canadians at the Retired Racehorse Project/TCA 2015 Makeover Challenge

October 23-25, 2015 saw nearly 200 former Racehorses with a maximum of 9 months of re-training compete at the Makeover Challenge.  The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY hosted this amazing event which formerly had been at Pimlico Race Track in Maryland.  This year, the entries were encouraged from all over the US and Canada, resulting in over 300 original nominees.  …

Added by Lois Keays on November 10, 2015 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Greatness on our Doorstep...The Multi-Talented Thoroughbred

At the heart of passion for horses can often be found a Thoroughbred Racehorse.  Vivid recollection of  horse races viewed myopically on a television screen weave their way through equine pursuits as we claim equine partners and pursue dreams of athletic achievement.  The majesty, beauty and determination of every single horse straining his entire being to claim the finish line is a blueprint for the dream of a rider.  Ask any horse lover if they have a favourite race horse and immediately a…


Added by Lois Keays on February 9, 2012 at 3:13pm — 1 Comment

Second Careers for Ex-Race Horses - My Personal Mission Statement

After much information gathering, speaking to organization leaders, questioning the roles and authorities of racing hierarchy, I’ve realized I need to clarify my position on my own thoughts and goals.

Within every state, province, country and region, there are so many organizations with concepts of helping to resolve the issue of horse slaughter.  Each has its own individual perspective, each seeks funding for their program and unique concept.  We have rescues, adoptions, horse show…


Added by Lois Keays on January 10, 2012 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment

The Moral Compass of Horsemanship


Issues surrounding the welfare of horses are frustrating.  We cannot legislate morality, concern, compassion or consciousness.  Horses must rely on the support of many to curb the damage of a few.  As society tends to the urban existance, people raised with the basic awareness of animal husbandry, is fast dwindling.  Evidence of this is everywhere around us.  The horse in his nobility, strength and beauty represents the grandest of human inspiration.  Yet we are…


Added by Lois Keays on January 9, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

The Depressing Decline of Dressage

There are no shortcuts in the training of a dressage horse. Yet we are forced to watch the modern contrivances that are dressage in name only. In the late 19th century, Anna Sewell wrote the story of “Black Beauty” to challenge the inhumane conventions of her day and perceived as “beautiful”. Will we ever hear the story of the 21st century dressage horse and his suffering for the same faddish notions of beauty and elegance? From overchecks to rollkeur, man has run the gamut of abuse to…


Added by Lois Keays on November 25, 2011 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Development of Equine Rehabilitation & Education Centre

I am in the process of evaluating the concept of a Premiere Equine Facility which will feature a rehabilitation, training and education for horses and riders.

I have developed a survey, which is easily completed in a few minutes. I am soliciting information and opinions from the horse community on such a facility to be built near the shores of Georgian Bay, north of the Town of Wiarton.

Wiarton is located in southwestern Ontario at the base of the Bruce Peninsula, home of the…


Added by Lois Keays on April 1, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Classical Philipe Karl

Pursuit of a harmonious relationship with the horse has led me to many philosophies and instructors. I've always known that the horse is an extremely sensitive creature and despite his ability to physically overpower any human, has submitted to a role of servitude.

I have been fortunate to be inspired by the insight and analysis of some very influential people. Principally, Tony Gonzales, who taught me to observe and analyze the foundation of motion....the feet. Sally Swift whose brilliant… Continue

Added by Lois Keays on November 15, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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