American Pharaoh

by heartbeat for horses


Chapter One

I remember my first home like I lived there yesterday. It was a large green field with colorful wild flowers looming across the earth. A large creek rushed under the trees flowing in the wind apples cherries and oranges covered the trees and few lie across the ground.

I remember I stayed under a large tree with my mother, Star, beautiful chestnut mare with a star and four white socks and deep brown eyes. I was a dark bay color. I loved to race with the other foals in the large racing farm.

One day, a man in his 40's came out to the paddock and put a halter and lead on me. He led me away from my pasture, mother and friends. I was led up to a large barn full of sleek thoroughbreds large stalls and large tack rooms. The man hooked me to long pieces of colorful ropes on the hooks beside the stalls which were called cross ties and disappeared into the tack room.

He came out with a soft brush and quietly and slowly began brushing off my coat. "Well fella, this is your first training session!" The man said.

Later that day, I was led into a large box stall and the door was closed. I couldn't go back to my mother as I was in a process which was called weaning. I wanted to see her very badly and began pacing my stall and kicking at the door.

Eventually, my mother passed by that evening and stopped at the stall for a moment. "Pharaoh," she said, "stay calm my dear one. You're going to be trained as a race horse like I am. Listen carefully and always do as your told." She nuzzles me for a second before she was led away once again.

Part two coming soon!

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Jul 21, 2016
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American Pharaoh
by: Devyn

I met American Pharaoh in May at Ashford Stud. He is beautiful, tall with a deep reddish-brown color and a speck of white on his forehead. He is 1,300 pounds of pure power. Amazing.

Jul 17, 2016
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Great story!
by: AHorseLovingGirl4ever

Can't wait for part 5! And please read my stories: "My Dream Horse" and "The Life of a Horse"! You are doing an awesome job!

Jul 09, 2016
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sorry for the wait but here is…PART 4!
by: Anonymous

"Pharaoh!" Jess calls as she hurries to my stall. "Bill got you signed up for a race buddy!" I flick my ears and nuzzle her outstretched hand. "We leave tomorrow, the race is Saturday so we'll have time to get you settled into the atmosphere."

The next day...

I am led out of the trailer after a long 3-hour drive to the track. Jess smiles and checks me over for any signs of swelling or heat. "Good, nothing wrong," she smiled and grabbed my grooming tools and saddle.

She leads me to a long barn, full of strong powerful race horses. Jess leads me down to a stall near the end and leads me in. She removed me leg wraps, cool sheet, head bumper and tail guard then puts away my tack and grooming tools.

"Be good buddy, I'll come and get you later for a short workout before tomorrow's race."

Like she said, Jess came later that day and tacked me up. She led me down to the track were horses and jockeys milled about. Jess mounted up and works me at the trot then trots me to the galloping area. She taps me lightly with her heels to gallop. I spring into a gallop and we charge down the track turning many heads.

"Look at that horse run!" One lady exclaimed.

"Gonna have some tough competition," a jockey responded watching me charge down the track.

Jess slowed me and patted my neck. "You're going to win tomorrow buddy, I just know it."

Part 5 soon!

Jun 25, 2016
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PART 4!!
by: Jesus&HorseLover4-ever

I just want to keep reading once I start!! Please write part 4!! :)

Jun 15, 2016
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Good!
by: Anonymous

Love it!!!! Way cool!!!

Jun 15, 2016
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Good
by: Anonymous

Wish that you can write more sooner! I love reading and want to read the rest!

Jun 14, 2016
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Chapter 3
by: heartbeat for horses

I stand in my stall waiting to be groomed, tacked up,hen taken out for a breeze. I'm finally getting used to my bit and am really enjoying workouts.

Jess walks down the barn aisle and smiles as I shake my mane and thrust my head over the stall door happy to see her. She grabs my grooming kit and makes her way to my stall.

"Morning Pharaoh!" She says and scratches behind my ears. She comes into my stall and begins currying my soft, supple coat. Then she brushes over my coat with the hard brush, then the soft brush. She combs my mane then picks out my hooves. I've learnt to enjoy grooming time and down time with Jess.

She tacks me up with the tiny racing saddle, bridles me, then raps on my leg raps. She follows Bill down the barn aisle and into the track. She mounts up and walks me towards a group of colts and fillies. I prance in excitement.

Jess leans down and whippers in my ear, "we're racing some others today boy and we're gonna win." She rubs my neck and walks me into the box. Bill yells something and we burst into a gallop followed by a grey filly, a bay colt, and a young stallion. We tear down the track. Jess nudges me on without a whip quietly whispering things such as, "Come on boy, I believe in you... I trust you... and you're my best friend boy, let's win this!"

We cross the finish and she slows me down. I have more in me but I slow down. "Good job!" Bill yells smiling from ear to ear. "I think it's time to find this colt a race!" He says and we head up to the barn.

"You deserve a bath and an apple," Jess whispers as she hugs my neck.

Part 4 soon!

Jun 14, 2016
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I didn't know his dam's name
by: Anonymous

I didn't know his dam's name so I made it up. Most of the names are made up. Also, as I don't like to use real names in my stories as they may be offensive to some people. I don't know parts of Pharaoh's story so some of it's made up.

And yes, Pharaoh is as sweet as can be. I got to see his groom ride, take a slow gallop down the track to get some exercise. They let me help groom him too!

Jun 13, 2016
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American Pharaoh
by: Anonymous

American Pharaoh's dams name is LITTLEPRINCESSEMMA

Jun 11, 2016
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Chapter 3!!!
by: Jesus&HorseLover4-ever

I can't wait!!! :D

Jun 10, 2016
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Pharoah
by: Haddie

Wow, that's great that you got to meet him! Is he as sweet as I've heard? I like Part 2, by the way.

Jun 09, 2016
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Chapter Two
by: heartbeat for horses

1 year later...

Its been weeks since I've seen my mother. I am now 1 1/2 years old and am being trained as a successful race horse. My trainer is called Bill Parks.

I am led from my stall with a tiny racing saddle on my back and an uncomfortable bridle and bit on my face. I have slowly gotten used to it though.

My exercise rider, Jess Parks, leads me out to the training oval for a gallop this morning. She mounts up no crop in her hand and nudges me with her heels. I spring into a canter then a gallop. She stretches on my neck indicating that I should go faster.

She brings me into the breezeway and we spring down in it. My mane flies behind me in the wind and my hooves pound against the ground. I am doing what I love and I'm doing it right!

Jess slows me to a walk and rides over to the center of the track. Bill stands there with a watch and smiles wide. "A black letter run!" He calls. Jess reaches down and pats my sleek neck. "Good boy!" She says and drops her stirrups.

She walks me up to the barn to cool me out then dismounts. She untacks me and hoses me down then I'm taken out to the paddock for a well-deserved turnout.

Chapter 3 coming soon!

Jun 09, 2016
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heartbeat for horses
by: Anonymous

My cousin took me last week! I almost died. He is PERFECT! I love that horse so much!

Jun 08, 2016
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Pharoah
by: Haddie

Please write more...I loooove Pharoah! He's so amazing :) Does anyone else really want to visit him at Ashford Stud? Has anyone here seen him in person? I'd love to hear!

Jun 08, 2016
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more!
by: claudiahorselovr

Please write more!

Jun 06, 2016
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LOVE!
by: Jesus&HorseLover4-ever

I love it! I can't wait for part 2!

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