War of Ideas
Barn Name: Warrior
Date of Birth: February 26, 2013
Sire: War Front
Dam: Hightap by Tapit
Race Record: 4-1-0-1
Date of Last Race: 1/20/18
*Eligible for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover
About War of Ideas
October 2018 - Considering what he has been through, War of Ideas, a 16h, 2013 gelding by Warfront out of High Tap by Tapit, has indubitably earned the moniker "Warrior." It was Warrior's heart and fighting spirit, bolstered by the excellent care he received from the caring and generous Dr. Liz Barrett at Hagyard Equine Hospital and the time and rehab here at the MMSC, that beat the odds to survive a dangerous fungal infection. It was impressive. But then, he has always been impressive. As a 2014 Keeneland sales yearling, Warrior created an impressive furor of bidding due to his black type pedigree, balanced conformation, and correct limbs that resulted in a sale price of $470,000. He did well at the track, too, garnering $56,920 in just four starts. From the day he arrived at the MMSC, he impressed us with his irridescent gray coat, silver mane and tail, generous brow and lustrous brown eyes that make him look as if he stepped out of a fairy tale. But as he has progressed in his training in our Horse Centered Reschooling Program, it has been his quality of movement - uphill and balanced with suspension and rhythm - his athletic ability - stay tuned for a free-jump video - and his character - honest and willing with just enough swagger and presence to keep life interesting and to stand out in the show ring - that made us realize what a true champion of a horse he is. We are sure that this warrior will win hearts and excel on all fronts when he finds his person.
June 2018 - "Pretty as a picture" are the words that came to mind when we we saw this 16h, 2013 colt by Warfront out of High Tap by Tapit. Clearly others at the 2014 Keeneland sales thought so too, as he sold for $470,000! With his irridescent rose gray coat, his broad forehead denoting intelligence, his thick forelock and silver mane, not to mention his correct legs, balanced conformation, and black type pedigree, War of Ideas unleashed a furor of speculation as to his potential performance as a racehorse. Although he made $56,920 in just four starts, a longterm career in racing wasn't meant to be. Felled by a knee injury first and then a guttural pouch mycosis, a life-threatening fungal infection, Warrior came to our attention thanks to Dr. Liz Barrett of Hagyard. His owners did not want to incur the expense of treatment for such a precarious situation, so Dr. Barrett asked us, if she paid for all the treatments, vet visits, and castration, would we take him on. We told her we would, and he has been at the MMSC for a few weeks now, recuperating under her ever vigilant eye. We are happy to say that his last scope proved him to be fungal free, his knee is stable, and we were cleared to start training him in earnest. Heretofore we have done groundwork with him, and ridden him lightly. He still needs time to lose the vestiges of testosterone and to learn a new way of carrying himself, but we can tell you that he is as lovely in motion and under saddle as he is standing still. So if you want to be part of this pretty picture, come meet him soon!