Driver and horse partnership can be an incredible combination - one like no other. The driver leads the horse follows.
Horses are sensible animals. Horses are very sensitive to the Faerie Folk. The speech of a horse is a mystery to most people, but reins-men can understand better than anyone what it takes to get the potential from any horse in a race. Most of these men have had up close and personal experiences with horses and they know what makes a horse tick. They were born and raised around harness racing. The sport is in their blood.
Reins-men are athletes. It is amazing how strong the men are. The strength in their arms and bodies to command a horse. The average height of a standardbred horse is 15 to 17 hands, and likely weigh 950 to 1000 lbs. The strength of a reins-men's arms and legs must be like flexible steel, and their chest and stomach like iron, from the workout they get driving the horses they drive all year round. And Ladies, who doesn't love a man in uniform!
On October 2, 2015 Shadys M Three made her debut with an impressive group of horses. Shady, who offered no resistance to her regular driver Randy Waples command put in an incredible come from behind performance to take the win. And WOW!!!! A long-shot Shady paid 140.80 on a toonie bet.
Wagers were placed. As the horses left the starting gate I felt Shady had a chance to do well. She is a mare and mares race better in the cooler weather.
Randy Waples, the reins in his grip, Shady doesn't deviate from his course of thinking. Mr. Waples knows the horse. He understands Shady likes to sit back, take in the action, and then when asked, she gets under way. His extremely steady hands and exceptional perception of what his competitors horse will do, he takes control and handles Shady through every second of the race. Without a pausing for a second Shady eagerly followed his commands as she blast up the outside of the backstretch. Instead of quitting in the home stretch, Randy somehow is able to get the last burst of energy from her. I watched the pair race with eyes wide as Randy and Shady shot to the finish line, and just a little quicker won the race.
I was consumed with overwhelming joy for my reins-man and Shady's accomplishment. Shady preforming beyond expectations, there was a jolt of shock for the win from the trainer.
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