Paula Turner Training Stables
817 Emerson Cook Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312
919.542.0571
 
Racehorse training by the only person in the world to train both a Triple crown winner and a US Olympic Team 3-Day Event horse.

The trainer of Seattle Slew-
the only horse in history of racing to win the Triple Crown undefeated

"You can't build a house starting with the second story; a horse has to have a proper training foundation if he's going to last over the long haul, and if the mental/psychological conditioning is not as exacting and thorough as the physical, you're leaving vital blocks out of that foundation."

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"I've been sent horses who already raced, yet had been taught nothing about how to use their body properly, resulting in the appearance of two horses put together in the middle. From riders I've heard stories of horses with serious potential ruined by being pushed too fast. While there are "iron horses" who can survive hard training as youngsters, they are rare.

"We let the individual horse dictate how much and what kind of training he will undergo. At the first sign of trouble, detected in the early a.m. leg check, we back off accordingly. (These animals stay up nights thinking up new ways to get hurt.) Just like children in school, some horses require longer than others to fully understand their lessons. They tell you when they're ready for the next level. Failure to recognize their special needs would be asking for trouble further down the road.

"We inform owners if a horse is not up to snuff, as well as diagnosing those who require more time. Seattle Slew was a big, sloppy, mentally slow colt,. His crooked front leg under that massive body was the doomed-to-break-down combination that stopped his bidding at $17,500. In his first training session, I decided he needed three times longer than average to learn what I would teach him. For eight months I only allowed him to jog, gradually asking for a higher degree of collection than I'd heretofore demanded of a racehorse. I knew he could not stay sound otherwise. He was ready to run less than three months after I sent him to Belmont.

"We ride our horses over three hundred acres of hills, woods, streams, and open fields, and use a track and starting gate to ride our horses. Because of our in-depth training, we do not accept horses for less than five months, and a maximum of when the horse is fit enough to breeze. Each horse is made as physically and mentally fit as possible during his stay.

"Horses are turned out as much as possible in grass paddocks. We also have indoor turnout paddocks for inclement weather and lay-ups."

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Paula Turner Training Stables
817 Emerson Cook Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312
919.542.0571