I sometimes hear a little sadness in Carole Davison's voice when she talks about her star trainee, Thewifedoesntknow (aka Ally-Gator). She loves every new training milestone that she and Ally reach together, but the mare is now officially offered for sale. That means that as Ally becomes more and more polished, she is closer to finding a new home as a show horse.
This week, Carole and Ally reached another important step in her training; Carole hauled her to a horse show for a schooling session.
While I watched Carole work with Ally, I thought about how the mare gained confidence from her trainer. She took her cues from Carole, and I saw her settle nicely into her work, although she was unsure of her surroundings.
- Click here to read my interview with breeder Meg Buckley, who bred and raised Thewifedoesntknow
- Click here to read my interview with Tim Shaw, who trained "The Wife" at Monmouth Park and retired her as a sound sporthorse prospect
- Click here to read my interview with jockey Shannon Uske, who rode "The Wife" in her last race
- Click here to read Karen Hagy's conformation analysis of the Thewifedoesntknow, and see "before/after" photos of the changes in her musculature and hooves since she retired from the racetrack in June