More on Metro, OTTBs, Ex-Racehorses, Rescues

Panimetro, Metro, was my rescued OTTB ex-racehorse. He was a fine boy. He loved people. So easy to care for – he was so gentle. He was great to bathe from his racehorse training. He knew he had to stand still and not fuss. Easy for the farrier and for me to pick his feet up. Metro had naturally beautiful thoroughbred breeding. He was so smart.

Panimetro Corriendo, Metro, was my rescue OTTB ex-racehorse. He was a fine boy. He loved people. So easy to care for; he was so gentle.
Panimetro, Metro, was my rescue OTTB ex-racehorse. He was a fine boy. He loved people. So easy to care for; he was so gentle.

An off-track Thoroughbred, OTTB, is a horse that was bred and trained to be a racehorse and is now not an active racehorse. Many OTTBs are registered with The Jockey Club. The Jockey Club is the breed registry for Thoroughbred horses in North America. Many OTTBs are used for Dressage and Three-day Eventing (my fav).

During “Metro’s” last race, he had a horrible accident where he suffered four major fractures in his left front ankle, an injury similar to the one suffered by the famous racehorse, Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner that was euthanized due to complications in the healing of his leg.

Remembering Panimetro

Luckily, he was able to heal and make the trip from the Virgin Islands to Miami, then Jacksonville, Florida via Habitat for Horses equine horse rescue. Metro came to the US in 2009. He and 3 other ex-racehorses came to my neighbor, Chris Dunn.

Panimetro Racing
Panimetro Pasando Racing

At the time, she had North Florida Horse Rescue, working in association with Habitat for Horses, to help place rescue horses with their forever homes or for fostering. When I saw Metro at her place, I kinda fell in love with him.

Panimetro aka Metro eating hay when he first got to the Dunn's place. I fell in love with him.
Panimetro aka Metro eating hay when he first got to the Dunn’s place. I fell in love with him.

I was so sad when Barbaro was hurt and had to be euthanized, that I felt this strong affinity with Metro. I agreed to take him as his forever home owner. Sadly, he had to be euthanized in 2011 when his leg finally gave out. I cried a river for a week.

Barbaro (middle) walking to the track at the Fair Hill Training Center in May 2006, a week after winning the Kentucky Derby
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I never was able to ride Metro. I had just had a shoulder replacement in 2008, so no riding horses until it was healed. Rocki was quiet next to Metro, who was more excitable. I couldn’t take a chance on messing up the shoulder surgery trying to ride Metro and I didn’t have him long enough until I felt the shoulder was well enough… bummer.

Look at him run! Panimetro Corriendo aka Metro
Look at him run! Panimetro aka Metro

OTTBs, Racehorses

I’ve always liked to watch the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont – the Run for the Roses, and later in the year, The Breeders Cup. When I got Metro, I started following more International races like The Grand National aka The National, the most valuable jump race in Europe. The National is a three-day event with almost all associated races being steeplechases or hurdles.

Steeplechase racing at Deauville  Hippodrome de Deauville - Clairefontaine
Steeplechase racing at Deauville
By Hippodrome de Deauville – Clairefontaine

Remember the National Velvet movie with Elizabeth Taylor? The girl in the film, Velvet Brown, is played by Elizabeth Taylor. She wins a spirited gelding in a raffle and decides to train him for the Grand National steeplechase.

Velvet names the horse she won The Pie because his previous owner called the troublesome gelding a pirate. Velvet ends up riding The Pie in the race when she decided the jockey she hired wasn’t good enough. Watch the movie or read about it at Wikipedia.

Of course, National Velvet was one of my favorite movies (100% ‘Fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and books! Is this not true horse girl energy?

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Arenas, Barns, and Pastures in North/Central Florida

I have been gathering quite a few pictures I have taken of different riding arenas, horse barns, and pastures in my area of North/Central Florida. Keep checking back here. I will be updating this regularly with new stuff. I show a lot of horse barn and pasture layouts with beautiful trees.

My neighbors Chris and Dale Dunn’s beautiful pasture.

I’m going to start with a funny comparison between my weedy pasture and my neighbors Chris and Dale Dunn’s gorgeous pasture. They also have equines to eat the grass. I must mow my pasture… leaving my very back pasture to grow the weeds that become flowers.

back pasture at Teri's place
Teri’s pasture with all of the weeds that exist in North/Central Florida. This is before mowing. It looks better after I mow it 🙂

My Pasture vs. the Dunns’ Gorgeous Pasture in North/Central Florida

Below is a slideshow showing my pasture next to my neighbors’ pasture and how nice their pasture is next to mine, lol. Cute pictures of her equines, 2 minis, a donkey and a pinto. My dog, Emma, is also in a couple pictures. I have a lot of pictures I’ll post in the Animals category.

  • Emma at fence next to my neighbor's pasture
  • Teri's overflow pond in the front pasture.
  • My barn that we built when we moved in 2008. It was built to withstand 150mps winds.
  • Here's Jack! The Dunn's guard donkey.
  • Dunn's guard donkey, Jack's ears.
  • Tucker, one of the Dunn's mini's
  • The Dunn's two mini's at the fence.
  • My dog, Emma, standing next to my neighbor's, the Dunns.
  • Teri's front pasture. I used to have a small Dressage arena here. It was cool in the afternoon, but it also rained almost every afternoon in August-September in our area.

World Equestrian Center Arena in Ocala, Florida

The next gorgeous facility’s arena, barns, and pastures is at Everglades Equestrian in Miccanopy, Florida. This place is just 20 minutes from the World Equestrian Center in Ocala. It’s where my trainer, Kathy Daly, boards some of the horses in training (3-4, currently) that she has. I got these pictures when I took a trip there to watch her ride and take pictures. Most of these pictures came from my iPhone 13 – amazed at the quality! I’m taking my mirror-shutter camera next time. I had lost it in my house, lol.

  • Entrance to WEC. Statue of WWII Hero Staff Sergeant Reckless.
  • Left side of arena at World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida
  • Right side of arena at World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida
  • My trainer, Kathy Daly of KD Equine Dressage, standing in front of and looking up at a decorative Christmas deer at the WEC.

Everglades Equestrian Center in Miccanopy, Florida

The gorgeous, upscale Everglades Equestrian Center located in Miccanopy, FL which is between Gainesville and Ocala, Florida. These are pictures I took with my iPhone 13 and I’m amazed at the quality.

  • Kathy Daly 'working' her horse up the hill to one of the barns at Everglade Equestrian Center.
  • Mirror at the corner of the arena at Everglade Equestrian Center.
  • Dogs playing in the road going up to the barn at Everglade Equestrian Center.
  • A horse out in the pasture at Everglade Equestrian Center.
  • Pasture at Everglade Equestrian Center with a pinto in it.
  • Another view of the pasture at Everglade Equestrian Center with a pinto in it.
  • Kathy Daly of KDEquine Training, on one of the horses she has in training at Everglade Equestrian Center.
  • View of pastures and roads from other side of the arena at Everglades Equestrian Center.
  • A horse looking out in the pasture at Everglade Equestrian Center.
  • View of the road coming in to Everglades Equestrian Center.

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Work History for Web Design Career

Web Design and Work History Preparing Me for My Current Web Development Career

I am the owner/President of Synergy, Et Cetera Web Design, SynergyEtc.com, and owner/CEO of Horsesinthesouth.com. My background is as an AVP, Sr. Business Analyst, Systems Engineer II, Project Manager, and Computer Security Analyst for Barnett Bank Technologies Division – Asset Management (later this area became Bank of America Asset Management Systems).

Teri in 1999
1999 work photo when I was a Sr. Business/Systems Analyst for Asset Management for BoA

Before that, I was the Financial/Systems Analyst for the Investment Division for Barnett Trust Company. My degree is in Computer Information Systems in 1983. Before I had my children, I was working on a degree in Photography and Design at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. I went back to college in 1978, first studying astronomy and sciences at University of Tennessee at Nashville, TN.

I later changed to Computer Science, then to Computer Information Systems at University of North Florida (UNF). I graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Technologies, Computer Information Systems.

First Job after Graduation

My first job after I graduated was working for a company, Unlimited Processing, that manufactured a multi-user database management system that ran on virtually all mini-computers, Personal Computers (PCs), and local area networks (LANs). My job was as an analyst and support, and editor of the associated end-user manuals. I worked there for 2 1/2 years.

My next job was working for Barnett Bank in the Technologies Division. I was the CICS Security Administrator for the bank’s security administrators all over the state. I later moved to Barnett Bank Trust Company as their security and PC administrator. I was in charge of supporting existing PCs, purchasing, moving, and installing new PCs and associated software, including 43 third-party trading support applications.

Reuters

The technician for Reuters News/Quotes System, Doug, and I set up and installed the Reuters news/quote feed on the Trust Company portfolio managers’ PCs. We were the first and only people to get this to work. Reuters later sold the product as a “shrink-wrap” product — ready to go. Of course, I got nothing from this but more experience.

Finally Barnett Bank had to sell. Biggest bank in Florida. It was called Florida’s bank. Nation’s Bank bought them. I had been there for 13 years. That lasted for maybe a year? Don’t remember. It was all too quick. Bank of America bought them next.

My job description changed again. Many people were let go. We were all waiting for the next one to go. Didn’t matter what level you were. Luckily, I got slotted as an AVP and by then, I had been there for 14 years.

My duties covered writing business plans and specifications for the bank’s business partners, providing design specs for applications, technical support, and project manager and Sr. business analyst for the division. I also did the database conversion for the bank from mainframe to Oracle.

Back to PCs and a Web Design Career

My manager saw the writing on the wall and encouraged me to learn website design. I learned basic HTML and designed a small website for our division. Then I got let go.

I decided to start my own business making websites. I had a few clients to keep me going. It was my love of horses that made me start NorthFloridaHorse.com which in the year 2000 became HorsesintheSouth.com and I got incorporated.

Panimetro aka Metro – My OTTB Rescue Horse

Panimetro aka Metro was a rescued Thoroughbred ex-racehorse from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands I got in 2008. Metro had broken his right front leg in a race. He was such a good boy and was smart enough to lie down for most of a year for it to heal.

Metro looking out of his barn door.

Panimetro was a companion horse for my mare, Glenord’s Rocket Dancer aka Rocki. Before I got him, he was cared for by VICCTRE – Virgin Islands Community Cooperative Thoroughbred Retirement Effort. He was adopted from Habitat for Horses in a cooperative with VICCTRE in March of 2007 just after he was brought here from the Virgin Islands.

Metro was such a character and loved people! He would run around, buck and play, and would jump over a water puddle in front of his paddock that would fill up when it rained a lot. Both Rocki and Metro had wonderful stalls with fans and open access to paddocks. Each had their own pasture that the paddock gate opened into. They got fed 3 times a day plus a lot of loving and TLC, so they were in “horse heaven.”

Panimetro aka Metro racing.

Metro’s Injury

During a race, he suffered four major fractures in his left front ankle, an injury similar to Barbaro’s — the Kentucky Derby winner that was euthanized due to complications in the healing of his leg. Metro could have met the same sad fate, but he was able to heal himself by lying down for long periods over a year and a half and allowing caretakers to attend to him. There was some calcification in the fetlock, but it had healed enough for him to be a horse.

Metro – on the cover and as the December horse on the 2009 VICCTRE calendar.

Metro was on the cover, inside, and as the December horse on the 2009 VICCTRE calendar. You’ll see him running around still like a racehorse, even with his injured left front leg! Sadly, Metro passed in the Fall of 2011. His leg finally gave away. He is buried in my back pasture. I cried so much over this…

Metro - on the inside and as the December horse on the 2009 VICCTRE calendar.
Metro – on the inside and as the December horse on the 2009 VICCTRE calendar.

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