Retired Racehorse Blog began in January 2010 as a training diary project. Written by Natalie Keller Reinert, it followed the reschooling of an OTTB, Final Call, from the first trial ride at an Ocala training center to his first hunter pace and eventual sale as a fox-hunting prospect, six months later. The blog then followed Reinert’s experience as an exercise rider and all-around barn help at a racing stable at Aqueduct Racetrack, in Queens, NY. Now it is devoted to bridging the gap between the racetrack and the show barn, dispelling myths about OTTBs, and promoting off-track Thoroughbreds as the true American sporthorse.
You can contribute to Retired Racehorse, too! Guest blog posts and story ideas should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for views and news on any topic that relates to the Thoroughbred racing and sporthorse worlds.
Natalie Keller Reinert—Editor
Natalie Keller Reinert is the founder and editor of Retired Racehorse Blog. She has spent more than twenty years in the horse business, competing through preliminary on her OTTB Amarillo Elbert, working in sporthorse and Thoroughbred breeding, managing barns in every industry from hunter/jumper to racing, and working as an exercise rider at the racetrack and at Ocala training centers.
In 2011, Reinert began writing full-time and released her debut novella, The Head and Not The Heart, a story set in the horse-racing business, to outstanding reviews. In 2013, she released the follow-up, Other People’s Horses. Books in every format are available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iTunes.
Katherine Abel is an equine veterinary technician at an equine hospital. She has been riding and showing horses since childhood, and is the owner of two mares, including OTTB Bon Appeal. Her interests include eventing, dressage, and endurance. Abel contributes to The Red Mare Diaries to Retired Racehorse Blog.
Her personal site is Backyard Sporthorse.