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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Going Back to our Roots


Equicizer inventor and creator, Frank Lovato, Jr.
This year we will be attending the Retired Racehorse Project’s “Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium” at the Kentucky Horse Park with the Equicizer. The event begins on Thursday and runs through Sunday, October 27th-30th.
Here at Wooden Horse Corporation, the history of the Equicizer has deep roots in horse racing beginning with founder and creator, Frankie Lovato, a retired professional award-winning jockey of 25 years. As many of you may already know, the Equicizer was originally developed by Frankie to assist in his recovery from a badly fractured leg, resulting from a racing accident. The Equicizer can be seen at racetracks and in the homes of jockeys and exercise riders around the country and all over the world.

Aside from the Equicizer’s origins in horse racing, the Off Track Thoroughbred itself makes its presence felt very strongly here within our team at Wooden Horse Corporation. Both myself and our Director of Social Media, Amanda Chicotel, have our own Off Track Thoroughbreds and they are, without a doubt, the love of our lives!

Amanda Chicotel with her OTTB Techno Centre
aka "Chester" after a successful afternoon of showing

The goal of the Thoroughbred Makeover, in their own words, is “…to showcase the trainability and talent of off- track Thoroughbreds, to inspire good trainers to engage in the process of transitioning these horses to second careers, and to educate the people involved in the care, training, and sale of these horses to responsible owners.” This is something we wholeheartedly support here at Wooden Horse Corporation and we are very proud to be attending this event.

In a cool twist, Frankie Lovato actually won
on Kayla's OTTB at Arlington Park in 2003 before
they parted ways, only to be reunited years later
The Makeover itself will be featuring Thoroughbreds competing in ten different disciplines: barrel racing, competitive trails, dressage, eventing, field hunters, freestyle, polo, show hunters, show jumpers, and working ranch.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a racing fan or not, the TB Makeover has something to offer everyone. If you are in the Lexington area, we strongly encourage you to come on out! This is a fantastic opportunity to try the Equicizer (we will have multiple Equicizers in our booth, saddled to accommodate all disciplines) and speak to the man himself – Frankie Lovato! We are only able to do a limited amount of events per year and would love to see you!

Kayla Jarvinen and her OTTB
Intrinsic Worth aka "Shorty" sharing
a moment after being apart for 6 months last fall
If this is your first introduction to the Equicizer, I encourage you to check out our previous blogs which feature a few of the basic ways the Equicizer is used by riders and NON-riders alike, around the world:
Equicizer for English Disciplines

Equicizer for Western Disciplines

Equicizer in Horse Racing

Equicizer for Therapy

We will be in booth 38B in the TCA Covered Arena. For a complete schedule of events, click here. We hope to see you there! (And if you're around, don't miss Saturday night's party at the KHP in the "Big Barn" - rumor has it, there may be some celebrity Equicizer racing taking place!)

By Kayla Jarvinen

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Travels of the Equicizer

You might be inclined to think that the Equicizer, being a horse with no legs, is akin to a stationary bike. You might think that once it arrives at a barn or a home, it will not leave that spot for a long time if ever. Well... today’s installment of Wooden Horse Wednesday is here to show you different!

The Equicizer may not be zooming around pastures or trotting by at a show, but many of them travel quite extensively. One of our favorite traveling Equicizers, Sparky, travels with the US Pony Racing Association. USPR provides educational opportunities and racing clinics for young riders including junior and amateur jockeys. Below is Sparky giving Tori a practice ride!

Another example of an Equicizer on the move is the Equicizer that horseman Steve Lantvit has used at his clinics across the United States. In the past and most recently this past spring at Hoosier Horse Fair, Steve used the Equicizer as a tool to coach clinic attendees about riding correctly. He also has a resident Equicizer at his home farm.

If we can be a little bias, our favorite example of a traveling Equicizer would be our very own office mare, Mocha! Mocha is a been there, done that old gal with the “tattoos” to prove it. She is autographed by the likes of Stacey Westfall, Julie Goodnight, Steve Lantvit, Craig Cameron, and many more! Mocha has been to many conferences and clinics over the years. To the left, you can see how much the other office pets love spending time with her and also a picture of her this year at the PATH International conference in Cleveland.

What about you? You might not have plans to take your own Equicizer to the next big show, but you certainly can at least get that Wooden Horse on the move! The great mind at Wooden Horse Corporation (aka creator Frankie Lovator Jr) has come up with the Equicizer All Terrain Cart. This cart makes it easy to roll around your home and/or property with the Equicizer to be able to ride in different surroundings. It can be rolled across dirt, sand, grass, or even stony terrain. Features include:
  • Made with heavy duty diamond plate aluminum
  • Equipped with rugged, 8” foam-filled pneumatic tires (will never go flat)
  • Front wheels swivel
  • Roll-lock brake
  • Fits both the Elite and Classic model Equicizers
The cart is available now with two delivery options. Check it out on our webiste,!

Did you see the blog post we did about Equicizers in Pop Culture? Read here for some more great examples of our Wooden Horses making moves cross country. It is amazing to think of all the places these exciting, educational, hand-made horses have been and all the lives they have touched. If you are an Equicizer fan or you would like to try one out, we will be at the Kentucky Horse Park at the end of this month for the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium. Find us at our booth in the vendor area.

By: Amanda Chicotel