Before and After pics of your CANTER Cutie / OTTB!
I know if we've seen one of these threads, we've seen a dozen, but my dear friend managed to snap the neatest picture I have to date of my TB at a show this past weekend, a random candid shot with a plain 'ole digital camera but boy did she have the timing on this one! He has only been showing since April so I hope to have many more show photos in his future, but this made me proud and I wanted not only to share, but to encourage others to post yours!
I personally would especially love to see the OTTB "Hunters" - anyone who wonders if you can get one off the track with a gorgeous jump in him, here's the evidence I'm capable of providing!
Oooh, I love these threads! I'm so boring/lazy I rarely get new pics of mine- I've posted the first two before and after pictures before, but I'll see what else I might have that shows how much he's changed....
Where am I and what am I doing in this handbasket?
These are pretty old pics since the OTTB in question has been doing his hunter job for about 12 years, but the first pic was just off the track, in three, count 'em THREE foot bandages, the next one was less than 24 months later if my memory serves. The one in my profile was this year or last (can't recall which one is there)
He's a good boy and was about the easiest thing to get to the ring. His first course evah - and by "evah" I do mean the first time he strung together more than 2 jumps was at WEF in the 3-4 year old pre-greens. He just strolled in and kind of said "cool, I like this better than racing" and that was that. He never even got particularly upset at the show environment.
Definition of "Horse": a 4 legged mammal looking for an inconvenient place and expensive way to die. Any day they choose not to execute the Master Plan is just more time to perfect it. Be Very Afraid.
Sing Mia Song, what was Rudy's track name. I follow AQU pretty closely.
He was Park The Bug. He ran once at Laurel and twice up north, both State-bred maiden claimings on the lawn (he's by Gorky Park) and had the same MO: broke sharply and bulleted out to the lead, packed it up at the half mile pole and wound up more or less tailed off. By his second ride off the track, he was cantering on a soft rein like buttah.
I love all of these! Such good-looking beasts! My TB has a jump like no one's business but there are two others at my barn, also off the track, who are about as fancy as you can get. Even their walks are gorgeous!
I think a classic TB hunter is one of the loveliest things to watch. A good horse is a good horse, but it's extra-fun to see something all scrawny and tucked up- racing fit- metamorphose into a shiny, elegant show horse.
You can take a line and say it isn't straight- but that won't change its shape. Jets to Brazil