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  1. #21
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    Great pix, thanks for sharing. Luv the 'breds!
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    I love looking at everyones OTTB's!!!!

    Here is one of my boys. Before is Petey in Oct. 2004 about 2 weeks after leaving the track:

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2wbrptf&s=4

    After is Petey's first show in March 2008 doing tiny little verticals. Please excuse his fuzzy winter coat and my terrible equitation!!!

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=288mj9h&s=4



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    Quote Originally Posted by Charisma View Post
    DMK- You did good! Real good in picking this one off the track! He is very pretty, congrats on a long fun career with him.
    Oh I wish I was that clever! My friend who was my track connection (I used to work with layups, etc, but had moved into a "real" job - you know, the kind that pays the bills ) sent him my way, and since he was a freebie I said I take him (because I also trusted Donny's judgment BIG time).

    At the time I was showing this OTTB:

    http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL220.../259669308.jpg

    who came off the track looking like this (that was literally just after I pulled him off my trailer after picking him up from Hialeah and about 30 minutes before we gelded him)

    http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL220.../147679158.jpg

    So I was pretty sure there was some darn big shoes to fill with the newbie. And it didn't help that when I first saw the newbie I thought he was ... ugly. He sort of looked like a giant praying mantis - stick body, stick neck, long gangly legs and big giant bug eyes. And then when I started riding him and trotting over poles, he pretty much tried to kill us both. Give that horse ONE ground pole in a five acre field and he could find it step on it and roll an ankle and almost go ass over tea kettle ... every. time. Part of the reason he never jumped a course until he went into the show ring was because it was a suicide mission to attempt a gymnastic or a trot fence. We finally figured out he could canter a fence, but I was really starting to wonder what kind of career he would be suited for until we figured out that he could even string together eight whole fences at a canter and almost be pleasing!

    But that sure was a valuable lesson in bringing along OTTBs (or any horse for that matter) - even if they are unorthodox, if they have a good attitude and are willing to try new stuff without getting too rattled, they are probably going to be a pretty darn good horse doing something. Then if they have a cute jump, that's icing on the cake.
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    even if they are unorthodox, if they have a good attitude and are willing to try new stuff without getting too rattled, they are probably going to be a pretty darn good horse doing something.
    DMK, you have perfectly summed up what I love about Cally She's not the fanciest thing in the world, but the one thing that everyone agrees on (from trainers to dressage judges!) is that she tries very hard to do exactly what you want! She's not a bad mover, and there's a decent jump in there that's slowly being developed, so while we'll perhaps not win at WEF (nor could I afford to), I know I've got a good willing horse who will go pick up some ribbons at local shows in hunters or low level dressage or low level eventing, and that's what I want

    Cavalleria ("Cally") is a CANTER girl, who I'd known for a while since I'm a volunteer and she was a donation. Everyone loved her right from the start, and we all kept hoping she'd find a perfect home with someone to spoil her. But she'd been kicking around in a paddock for six months, and hadn't found a home So I said, what the heck, I'll foster her for a while. Very quickly I realized she wasn't going anywhere!

    This is after a winter's turnout, having lost her racing fitness and experiencing a bit of that off-the-track crash.
    Skinny fuzzy Cally in Feb. '07

    And here she is after a lesson in March '08.
    Please excuse my first-ever trace clip!

    We've done two little shows now, and even went back onto the track to show off at the Maryland Million at Laurel in the fall. She's perfectly happy going places and doing things--I think she's quieter off somewhere new than she is at home!

    Because I like sharing pictures, how about some more?
    Crazy chestnut mare gives mother pony ride!
    Cantering at our first show, August '07
    Greenie's First Jumper Course at our first CT, June '08



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    Ok...I have to play...
    This is not my horse but I'm pretty impressed with him. He belonged to a good friend who sold him to the jumpers. She got him a little over two years ago. He did 2'6" here (March) and is now doing the level 4s.
    Before: http://www.mapleshadefarm.net/myweb/colemain.jpg
    After: http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/orde...09P4T0000&po=0
    go to photo 20

    My guy events...been off the track for four years and in work for a bit over three... He is moving up to prelim soon. He is 17.1+ so the jumps look pretty insubstantial under him
    before: http://picasaweb.google.com/AshwickS...61886145809906
    after:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/AshwickS...03131004385618



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    Gorgeous GBT! Shane came from the same seller as Cole. Margaret is wonderful!
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    This is my mare, Witch Is It, who came from Canter Ohio.

    The day she arrived, March, 2006.
    http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...84673271jeisrp

    July of 2007.
    http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...84673271vOixku

    June 2008 with her Welsh/TB filly Bewitching.
    http://pets.webshots.com/photo/22568...84673271ZbfISo
    Last edited by llsc; Jul. 15, 2008 at 11:11 PM.



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    These pics make me want to go get an OTTB!!!



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    By all means then, Do IT! There are hundreds of lovely horses out there waiting to be discovered.
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    Oh...I am enjoying this thread immensely. Smid2 and Sing Mia Song - Watson and Rudy are just gorgeous over fences, besides being adorable on the ground!!! And Foursocks, WOW what a jump your guy has (and your saddle pad cracks me up! I know a few lesson horses at an old barn I rode at that needed one just like it!)

    Sing Mia Song - that photo with your trainer is beautiful, both the horse AND the setting - what show was that taken at?
    "To understand the soul of a horse is the closest human beings can come to knowing perfection."



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    This horse raced for 3 years. I got him as 6 y.o. and still have him 5 years later.

    http://pets.webshots.com/photo/28975...48495570GKxmJa


    This horse I bought off the backside of a race track just outside of St Louis, Fairmont, I think was the name fo the track. He raced for 3 years as well. He had an interesting story... he had just won a race and his owner/trainer was walking him back to the barn when suddenly the trainer suffered a massive heart attack and died right there next to his horse!

    http://pets.webshots.com/album/407470338CoVzla


    This is an Appendix Quarter horse who raced in Colorado. She was cute enough but could never get her lead changes.

    http://sports.webshots.com/photo/112...48495570KrgiNZ



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    Quote Originally Posted by DMK View Post
    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)

    off the track by about a month
    http://inlinethumb54.webshots.com/43...500x500Q85.jpg

    24 months later
    http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL220.../325692508.jpg

    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.
    OMG your horse is absolutly gorgous, i mean they all are, but wow theres nothing i lovemore than a bay fancy tb!!! wow, that horse will put any warmblood to shame and i have a warmblood, so no predijuces there. My last horse was a tb but not ottb, she was amazing too small for me, damn my legs this makes me want to get a ottb



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    Quote Originally Posted by Swale01 View Post
    Sing Mia Song - that photo with your trainer is beautiful, both the horse AND the setting - what show was that taken at?
    Which photo? The second one of Rude Dog, or another from my albums?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMK View Post
    24 months later
    http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL220.../325692508.jpg

    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.
    DMK, what's his registered name?
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    There are some lovely horses on here!!!

    If anyone is looking for an OTTB, here are a few that I love from Canter PA.

    PA-T1234-06 Call Me Wild, bay gelding, 15.3 1/2 hands, 5 years old. But Wild he isn't!! This is one classy guy; very well bred and it shows in everything he does. He is very elegant and has a great expression. He's smart, very laid back, and is a great ride as well - he's very quiet under tack! Trainer gave him some time off when he got him a year ago. He has no issues and is a nice mover. $1,500. Brandon Kulp. 717-919-1806.

    http://www.canterusa.org/pennsylvani...llMeWild-1.jpg

    http://www.canterusa.org/pennsylvani...llMeWild-2.jpg

    PA-T1233-06 Divine Warrior, dapple gray gelding, 15.3 hands, 7 years old. What a great looking guy - with a very cute face! Talk about "divine" - that he is! If you like the darker grays, better grab this boy quick. He's been with trainer/owner since he was three and all his starts are with her, so you can all the history you want with him. He's a really neat horse and is very sensible to boot. No issues at all and he's a very cute mover. $2,000. Tina Deibler 717-648-6940.

    http://www.canterusa.org/pennsylvani...eWarrior-1.jpg

    http://www.canterusa.org/pennsylvani...eWarrior-2.jpg


    PA-T1221-06 "Demi", dark bay mare, 15.3 hands, 5 years old. This girl is very well built and has a lot of substance. She is very sound and doesn't have a pimple on her. She is not cutting it as a racehorse anymore and the trainer says this mare's calling is as a show horse. She has perfect headset and just floats when she travels. She has such a graceful way of moving that she actually has the ability to make a rider look good- which is great for those equitation classes! She is a very sweet mare and has no vices whatsoever. She is stabled at Philadelphia Park. $2,499. Carrie McCarthy 215-431-8355.

    http://www.canterusa.org/pennsylvani...tos/Demi-1.jpg

    http://www.canterusa.org/pennsylvani...tos/Demi-2.jpg



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sing Mia Song View Post
    DMK, what's his registered name?
    He is registered as "Welcome Back" which assured me that I could never use that name in a show, because you know, I AM old enough to know where John Travolta got his start. Fortunately I gave hima barn and show name before I got around to researching his tattoo.

    He's by an Irish horse, Erin's Isle, who went back to Ireland and was a pretty good steeplechase sire over there from what I understand (and was a pretty good steeplechase sire over here - sire of Rowdy Irishman). But I do think his hunter talent comes equally if not more so from the fact that his damsire was Diplomat Way. There are not many Diplomat Ways out there, but everyone I've seen is kind of a nice hunter or hunter sire (Danny Robertshaw's "Our Diplomat" being the obvious example).

    He's 16 and still trucking along doing his thing although this is a light year of showing for us. But damn, I show him for the 2nd time in 6 months, get champion and win the classic, then 2 weeks later I put him in the trailer and go to Southern Pines and ride on the foundation all weekend and jump every jump I can find and it's all good by him. And it's always on the buckle in a happy mouth mullen mouth. He's a certified daisy stomper in the hack but has the nicest most consistant form over fences.

    I'm smart enough and old enough to know I may never again have this good a partnership with a horse in my life, so I'm enjoying it while I can (I'm guessing Tidy and Halvoline have the same kind of partnership). And he's earned a better retirement than I have. When it's time to take stop showing he's going to get his very own pony buddy (he wuvs ponies) and only jump a jump he points his nose to, and maybe never get ridden in a ring again (he really liked that SoPi jumping stuff).
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    Swale and foursocks, thanks for the comments about Watson! He was actually a sale horse at our barn, but I just couldn't bear to part with him, so now he's mine. I was going to make him a jumper, but with his movement and obviously his jump, he just may be begging to stay a hunter! I'll have to dabble in the jumpers with my OTTB mare instead! I'm excited to see what he can do with higher jumps, but we'll get there when he's ready and not before.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DMK View Post
    .

    I'm smart enough and old enough to know I may never again have this good a partnership with a horse in my life, so I'm enjoying it while I can (I'm guessing Tidy and Halvoline have the same kind of partnership). And he's earned a better retirement than I have. When it's time to take stop showing he's going to get his very own pony buddy (he wuvs ponies) and only jump a jump he points his nose to, and maybe never get ridden in a ring again (he really liked that SoPi jumping stuff).
    Ya, I love my horse.


    I didn't at first but he grew on me pretty quickly. He didn't pass the prepurchase exam a buyer had done, didn't flex well on a hind ankle and I figured, "ahh, what the hay, I like him, I'll just keep him."

    I've had a lot of fun with him, but he's a compete bear at the shows. I don't know if I'll ever get him figured out enough to be able to show him successfully in the jumpers. But, he's a GREAT practice horse and he jumps the moon when I ride him well in my lessons and at home schooling. He's good in clinics and he's a great babysitter for the young horses. Never kicks or bites them, but definately keeps them in line. So, no matter what, he'll have a home with us forever.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sing Mia Song View Post
    Which photo? The second one of Rude Dog, or another from my albums?
    Haha, oops, I meant to direct that question to Mestel - I confused myself when I followed the link to one of Mestel's pics b/c when I went back to look for the owner I just saw it as a quote in your post.

    Mestel, where is that photo with your trainer taken?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swale01 View Post
    Mestel, where is that photo with your trainer taken?
    Maybe Upperville?



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