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by Pamela Burton
16 July 2019, USA ~ David and Tracy Kaden love their Arabian horses. Their ranch is on the West Texas, New Mexico border and the two have competed in endurance, trained their Anglo-Arabian to be a jumper, then in 2013 took up cowboy mounted shooting, each winning their divisions. After an intro into Extreme Cowboy events they decided that it was time for them to try Arabian racing, one sport they have watched with interest. Knowing that it takes long term commitment for the sport but feeling well prepared regarding nutrition, shoeing, hauling, and saddle fit, they are ready to compete. Kaden makes the horsesport-friendly Specialized Saddle and has now produced an exercise saddle using his patented fitting system. David tells us about his first foray into race horse training.
“I decided to try Arabian racing on a do it yourself basis. My wife helped me find some horses to buy. I went out to California to pick up an older gelding with several wins that I hoped to return to stakes class racing.
While there, I noticed a rangy looking mare in the pasture, and was told she was available for a reasonable price. I sent her pedigree (Djet Set De Falgas x Gizmoson Fire by Burning Sand) 2011, to my wife to approve and we decided to take her. I have had experience fixing problem horses. In fact when Tracy and I started our horse farm, we were sent problem horses from a local track. Some bucked, some flipped over, some ran away and some didn’t respond to the rein. We needed some income, so I climbed on some rank ones, and for the most part sent them back to the track very much improved.
As soon as we developed an endurance business I quit getting on broncs. So now many years later I took a chance on a mare that I assumed I could turn around, and make her into an Arabian racehorse. Her name is Sluffys Gizmo but her barn name is “GG”...
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