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The Art of Visual Handicapping: Identifying the Athlete

Tom Amello

Kerry has prepared a comprehensive treatment of the racehorse as emerging athlete in the context of Individual and Group Herd Dynamics. The form is a textbook-like reference manual for not only improving visual handicapping but imparting a greater...

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Kerry has prepared a comprehensive treatment of the racehorse as emerging athlete in the context of Individual and Group Herd Dynamics. The form is a textbook-like reference manual for not only improving visual handicapping but imparting a greater understanding of the horse.

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Visual Handicapping

david piasecki

We are in the Age of Information, and with the accessibility of race and workout replays, if you are not using this system to handicap your races, then you are behind the times and behind in your ROI. Need to know distance aptitude? Follow this c...

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We are in the Age of Information, and with the accessibility of race and workout replays, if you are not using this system to handicap your races, then you are behind the times and behind in your ROI. Need to know distance aptitude? Follow this course while watching replays. Most horse players talk about "The Look", that they want to see from a horse in the paddock or the post parade. This is the ONLY content available that describe what "The Look" is, how to find it, and what it means. Do yourself the favor and enroll in this course.

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Who is this course for?

This is an innovative course at once transcending traditional boundaries while presenting an exciting learning opportunity suitable for everyone who has ever been fascinated with the world of elite equine athletes. This comprehensive educational is not just for betting enthusiasts – it's a game-changer for anyone wanting to learn how to separate the athletic horse from the horse athlete. Created to empower individuals at every level of expertise, from casual riders to seasoned professionals, this course offers a unique opportunity to delve deep into the inner workings of the equine mind. Whether you're looking to gain a competitive edge in handicapping or simply eager to broaden your horizons by strengthening your understanding of performance psychology, this course is your ticket to visually recognizing true potential within the horse.

Course Type: Master Class / Informational / Educational

Welcome to: The Art of Visual Handicapping; Identifying Athletes

In the dynamic world of equine sports, where the success of every decision from selecting a horse to placing a bet, hinges on gaining an advantage, delving into the operating system running the machine is essential. Within the enigmatic depths of their psyche lie the keys to discerning their true nature — separating the vulnerable from the confident, the dependent from the capable. This journey into the psychology of performance isn't merely a learning opportunity increasing the advantages of the betting public; it's a vital compass for anyone in search of or wanting to better understand the behavioral characteristics found within the elite horse-athlete. Characteristics which transcend every discipline. Join me in exploring the world of the horse, through the horse’s view of the world. *Enhance your intellectual ROI on this course, reference the FREE Derby 150 Visual Handicapping Performance Profiles (coupon code Derby Promo, mentioned in the analysis created for those who purchased the Derby Report has expired) You can find the report at: kerrymthoms.com, Services, Thoroughbred, at the bottom of the page.

Become a Student, Be Empowered

Potential students can expect to gain a profound understanding of the intricate relationship between the psychology of performance and the identification of talent in equestrian sports. Here's some of what you can anticipate from your learning experience.

  • 1. Insight into the Psychological Dynamics of Equine Performance: By exploring the depths of the equine psyche, students will uncover the fundamental principles that drive athletic performance beyond physical attributes. Students will learn how to distinguish between mere competitiveness and the psychological aptitude that sets elite horse athletes apart.

  • 2. A Comprehensive Approach to Handicapping and Talent Identification: This course offers a holistic perspective on handicapping by delving into the psychological aspects that influence performance. Students will gain essential tools and strategies to identify expressions of true talent, whether for betting purposes or simply for a deeper appreciation of equine athleticism.

  • 3. Transcending Traditional Boundaries: This innovative course breaks through traditional boundaries by offering valuable insights that extend beyond the realm of betting. Students from various backgrounds, including horse enthusiasts, casual riders, and seasoned professionals, will find immense value in understanding the behavioral characteristics of elite equine athletes.

  • 4. Empowerment at Every Level of Expertise: Whether students are novices or seasoned professionals, this course caters to individuals at every stage of their equestrian journey. As a student you will gain the knowledge and confidence to recognize and appreciate the nuances of equine behavior, empowering you to make informed decisions while enriching your overall experience with horses.

  • 5. Enhanced Competitive Edge and Broadened Horizons: For betting enthusiasts, this course provides a unique opportunity to gain a competitive edge by deciphering the psychology behind horse performance. However, it also offers a broader educational experience for anyone eager to deepen their understanding of performance psychology and unlock the true potential within the horse.

Course curriculum

    1. Intro

    1. Versatility

    1. Performance Stress

    1. Sensory Soundness; Basic Principles

    1. Patterns of Motion; Competitive Expression

    1. Identifying Athletes Part 1; Athlete V/S Athletic

    2. Takeaways - Identifying Athletes Part 1

About this course

  • $265.00
  • 11 Chapters

Kerry Thomas

Founder and Creator

Kerry M. Thomas is a renowned equine therapist, educator, and consultant specializing in equine behavioral psychology and the application of cognitive theory to horse training, horse selection, and breeding programs. He is widely recognized for his expertise in the field of equine behavior, equine PTSD and trauma assessment and is the developer of the groundbreaking Sensory Soundness theory and Sensory Mapping. His innovative methods for understanding Herd Dynamics and creating protocols based upon the natural behavior of horses is considered by many as amongst the more progressive approaches in the world today. ​ Thomas created the Thomas Herding Technique (THT) in 2008, a methodology that focuses on building trust and communication between horses and humans through understanding their natural instincts and behavior patterns. In 2011 he started THT Bloodstock to accommodate international thoroughbred clients through which he and then partner Pete Denk began evaluating the herd dynamic patterns of motion of the Kentucky Derby Horses. In February 2024, Kerry dissolved that business to focus exclusively on his new venture. Kerry’s passion for advancing educational opportunities for equestrian minded scholars and for expanding his services for all equine disciplines and riding levels, was the driving for behind shifting his focus to new frontiers. With the founding of www.sensorysoundness.com Kerry conducts clinics, creates educational programs, and lectures internationally, helping horse owners, trainers, and riders develop better relationships with their horses. Thomas's work has significantly influenced the equestrian community, providing valuable insights into horse psychology and training techniques. Kerry continues to press the envelope in his forward-thinking concepts for the advancement of the human to horse relationship through education and unique services. Kerry started his quest for knowledge as a young man through years of independent field research studying wild horses around the globe and the unique predator / prey relationship in the natural world. His unique insights have been used to find some of the modern era’s best equine athletes such as Runhappy, Beauty Generation, City of Light to name a few. Kerry has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal for his groundbreaking work and is often quoted or featured in international publications including the Barefoot Horse Magazine, the Arabian Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Kerry has also been featured on Television, Radio and has a special series of Podcasts on Herd Dynamics with Dr. Shelley Appleton. ​ “Too many horses are written-off because of misdiagnosis and misunderstandings. We must consider the world of the horse from the horse’s view of the world. For it can be said that a true measure of horsemanship is realized in our willingness to find within the horse what we are brave enough to seek, within ourselves.” Kerry M Thomas

Identifying Athletes

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