Horse guru uses knowledge to help local animals
By Paul Gaudette
Earth County resident Joseph R. Yasinosky believes someone should give back when they've been so blessed.
His wife Freddie learned that training barrel horses can be profitable and Joseph has made a name for himself as an equine dentist, horse trainer, horseshoer and a jockey.
It seems only right to him than that he pass on the information he's learned through his life and help animals in need. Last year, he started oldhorsemacures.com to do just that.
Joe left his California home at the age of 15 to start working at a race track, exercising horses for famed racehorse trainer Charles Whittingham. While there, he began learning various tricks to fix horses’ ailments from the older men around the track which included many celebrities like of the time.
Eventually, Joe decided he wanted to try being a cowboy and compete in rodeo but found that it was much harder to earn money in that so he went back to training.
He developed a reputation for bringing out the best in horses in which others had lost hope, retraining one animal which was simply coasted around the track to rehabilitation and matching the track record. These results left Joe with around 70 horses to train when he was just in his mid-20s.
“I was the youngest trainer to get a license in California," Joe added.
When Joe left to get involved with the rodeo, Whittingham had been angry, saying he'd either be in the rodeo or work for him not both. He and Whittingham hadn't spoken since each shows the rodeo life until he credited the mentor in a newspaper with a trick in fixing an ailing horse. Whittingham approached Joe to say he was glad that he had regained his senses. Three days before Whittingham’s death, he told Joe, "You were one of the best horseman I've ever seen. Too bad you weren't good with people."