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Endevor
Jun. 27, 2012, 06:42 AM
Thanks to COTH, I found my OTTB!

I want to thank everyone here on COTH who responded to my posts and/or PM’d me for all their guidance, help and support while I was looking for my OTTB, especially when I was getting so frustrated in my search. Huge thanks goes to Pat at Three Plain Bays for sending such a nice girl to me. Everything that has been said about Pat and her honesty and integrity is dead-on. She’s a straight shooter who tells it like it is. My girl came to me virtually sight unseen. I decided to get my girl based on a couple still photographs and Pat’s word and reputation. I don’t know what Pat’s secret is but she sure knows how to pick good ones!

In the past, I have had better luck with geldings but I have a hunch this girl is going to make me a mare-loving convert ;) Even with being in season right now, having traveled over 600 miles to a new barn this past weekend and being only 4 years old, she’s a sensible love-bug and simply has a nice mind and willing disposition…no stereotypical crazy red-headed TB mare here ;)

I’m looking forward to a fun journey with my new girl, Solo. Of course, now that my neighbor has made me aware of Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” song, the lyrics are now constantly running through my head now that I’ve decided to name my girl Solo LOL ...Red Solo cup, I fill you up! Let’s have a party!... Hmmm…. “Let’s Have a Party” has a nice ring to it.

gabby.gator
Jun. 27, 2012, 06:49 AM
how very exciting for you!! look forward to updates!!

sportinghorsepolo
Jun. 27, 2012, 11:07 AM
Good luck with your readhead. My 2 best all time horses have been red mares, one took me to 3 national finals and I smile every day I see her in my field:)

gr8fulrider
Jun. 27, 2012, 11:41 AM
Welcome to the Sisterhood of the Rockin' Mares!

Pictures?

I'm sure you'll experience the special connection that we can have with an OTTB mare.

Also, Pat Dale is the best mare of all! She knows how to pick them.

Vesper Sparrow
Jun. 27, 2012, 11:52 AM
Congrats! Love my redheaded TB mare. At just turned 7, she is, IMHO, the sweetest and the most sensible horse in the barn (sample of nearly 50 horses).

Vermilion
Jun. 27, 2012, 12:38 PM
Congrats! I wish you the best for many years to come.

Derby Lyn Farms
Jun. 27, 2012, 02:03 PM
Glad you found a horse and a shipper! Seems like the shipper was just as hard to find. Good luck with your girl. If you ever want to trailer out to ride anywhere let me know! If I remember right you are just around the corner. I am always looking for a riding buddy to go XC schooling or just to go trail riding.

Laurierace
Jun. 27, 2012, 02:16 PM
Pat does have a great eye! Congrats.

Endevor
Jun. 28, 2012, 06:59 AM
I'm still smiling :) It is nice to a) finally have a horse again and b) have one who is so level-headed and sensible!

And yes, it was ~almost~ as difficult finding a shipper as it was finding a horse!

Only have been able to get a couple photos and so far haven't been able to find someone to take photos of her when I'm riding.
https://picasaweb.google.com/EquinesNCanines/Solo?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCNKDyI3exaXxbg&feat=directlink

Derby Lyn--I would LOVE to go out for a hack. I think Solo would love it. It's probably going to be a while before we are ready to x-country school though ;) My dressage saddle is the only one that fits her right now so I need to start searching for another saddle.

Ace
Jun. 28, 2012, 07:18 AM
She's *beautiful*! Can't wait to hear progress reports. :)

judybigredpony
Jun. 28, 2012, 08:20 AM
She looks great...xoxoxoxoxo

FatCatFarm
Jun. 28, 2012, 10:35 AM
Beautiful! I love chestnuts. Congratulations!

Mukluk
Jun. 29, 2012, 01:27 AM
Welcome to the society of redhead OTTB girls! I have one too. Congrats and have FUN!!!!