One of our fans' all-time favorite Downunder Horsemanship television stars has returned to the big screen. Tricky and Clinton are back in the 13-week series that details how Clinton incorporates the Method to retrain a Thoroughbred off the track. At the beginning of the series, Clinton travels to Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico to meet his latest project - Tricky Warrior, a Thoroughbred who isn't living up to his full potential on the track. Clinton takes on the 3-year-old gelding, whom he nicknames Tricky, to demonstrate how with the correct training racehorses can have meaningful second careers.
"Thoroughbreds are beautiful creatures - they're sleek, elegant, athletic and are extremely intelligent," Clinton says. "Unfortunately, every year thousands get washed up at tracks across the country because they're too slow, they're past their prime or they get injured. That doesn't have to mean their lives are over. With the correct training, race horses can have second careers and make great partners long after their race days are over."
At home on the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch in Stephenville, Texas, Tricky settles into his new life and starts training in the Downunder Horsemanship Method. Clinton begins working with the gelding in the roundpen, earning his trust and respect, and quickly progresses to groundwork exercises on line and riding exercises. In his customary style, Clinton details the steps he takes to retrain Tricky, who at first is extremely reactive, but soon relaxes in his new job. Before long, Tricky is negotiating obstacles on course, including logs, coops, ditches and bridges, and being ridden in a group on trails.
"By the end of the series you'll have a roadmap to success detailing how you can give an off-the-track Thoroughbred a new start in life and ensure he has a career he enjoys," Clinton explains.
As Clinton takes you behind the scenes to selecting an off-the-track prospect and walks you through the retraining process, the season is as much inspiration as it is instruction. Tune in to follow Tricky's successes, struggles and adaptation into his new career.
Downunder Horsemanship airs weekly on RFD-TV, Tuesdays 11 AM and 9 PM (CST) and Sundays 2 PM (CST). Past episodes can be viewed at www.downunderhorsemanship.tv.