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    Quote Originally Posted by War Admiral View Post
    God, y'all, I just looked at his pic again and wanted to cry.

    I really HOPE one of y'all can take him in. I've already got the one rescue I can afford, and he's going to be arriving in bad shape, so I *cannot* do two.

    Just a thought as to I.D.... You know that famous team of show jumping brothers who donated a LOT of horses to a certain much-discussed NON-501(c)(3) over the years.... Could this be one of theirs???
    Went to visit the website of COTH's favorite non 501 (c)(3) "rescue", and apparently there is another famous family of showjumpers that has recently sent them a horse with a big history.



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    What rescue is that?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Addison View Post
    Tazer: I live in PA and can ship him for you if you can give him a home. Please let me know.
    That is a kind and very generous offer, one which I may take you up on. I am not familiar with the area he's in, and the weather and roads are a concern. I sent you a PM.

    The sellers are trying to rush this, I told them I can come out on the 24th, and that is not soon enough for them.



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    WOW!! Eros is in Southern Pines?! That's about 2 hours (if that) from me! Boy, would I like to see him! He was one of my favs!
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    Tazer-I sent you an email.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokey View Post
    Yes, it does happen.

    When I was 16, I rode a horse that had gone 'round the Seoul Olympics. He was on the showjumping team for another country, and got around with 16 faults.

    I rode him, at Wellington, in the schooling jumpers, when he was 16 or 17 years old. I remember walking through the schooling area, with people shaking their heads and saying in a stage whisper - "that horse doesn't deserve that".

    I was stupid, and had my head in the sand, so I just didn't get it.

    Us amateur soft hearted folk just don't understand it. I know I don't.
    I don't get this post. What about being ridden in the schooling jumpers at Wellington did the horse not deserve? If he was being well maintained, and well ridden, how is that detrimental to the horse? Regardless of whether or not he jumped around in the Olympics. There are a lot of horses that were GP jumpers and more that now earn their keep in the lower jumpers or the medals. As long as they are treated right and are happy, why not keep them working?

    One horse that comes to mind is The General. He is upwards of 20 now, and did the GP jumpers with Michael Matz (possibly the Olympics too, I am not 100%). Anyway, after a successful career in that, he is now doing the Big Eq, qualifying and being very competitive. He is happy and healthy and looks to LOVE his job. No one grumbles about him, I'm sure! If all horses could look so terrific!

    I can't think of many people who would grumble "that horse doesn't deserve that" unless there was some blatant wrong doing going on, like poor riding, unsoundess or mistreatment.
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    Oh hey Addison, good on you You're awesome!

    Hope this guy gets a good home!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IsolaBella09 View Post
    There is no way a retired Olympic jumper would be for sale for $500.
    nah that's not true. a couple months ago i bought a former GP jumper who ribboned at the devon GP for not much more than that. just gotta be in the right place at the right time.



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    Quote Originally Posted by WichitaWaltz View Post
    WOW!! Eros is in Southern Pines?! That's about 2 hours (if that) from me! Boy, would I like to see him! He was one of my favs!
    IIRC, he's spending the winter there while Market Street is in Florida. He looks fantastic, and he's as clever as hell.
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    He has a very distinctive blaze / star.

    I don't recall any Aussie Olympic chestnut horses with a face like that.

    However, back pre late 90's, the Australian Olympics Committie, made people pay to get their horses over seas themselves, and would only contribute some money to get the horse home if they won. It is highly possible this horse was sold on, and then slipped through the cracks.

    A lot of people had to heartbreakingly sell their beloved horses, as they couldn't get them back home.

    He does look like one of our aussie TB's.

    Horses do fall through the cracks.

    My mother rescued an old eventer, aged around 19 -20 turns out he was in the 2000 Sydney Paralymics, and had won bronze in the dressage.

    I rode him twice, and he was pulling off the most stunning extensions, half passes and other high level movements. I will never forget the feeling of sitting on this sorry looking old horse, and him lighting up when we entered the arena. You could see what he once was.

    We also purchased a horse from the other side of the country, sight unseen, of the funniest sale video I have ever seen, featuring the rider and owner, a from a one armed guy, as a trail riding horse.

    We got him off the truck and he was fiery and onery.
    He was too big in the barrel for my mum, so I got on him and worked him around and around. He was rusty on contact and collection, but he knew some things. He would perk up when he saw a jump, so I popped him over a few, I'll be darned if that horse didn't collect him self up and jump as if that 2 foot cross rail wasn't a 4'6 foot.

    I ended up jumping him up the heights that day, to a smidgeon under 5 foot before I got too chicken to let him go any higher.

    I had never jumped over 3'6 before, and was a pretty nervious jumper. I just gave him the reins, let him pick the spots and he would collect himself up, judge the distance, jump, land and he would be looking for the next fence.

    I put up adds all over, in magazines for a year before I got a hit. Turns out old onery Tucker had been a 3 *** eventer, and had been jumping A grade around Australia with a girl in her 20's, and she got married and he had to be sold, and because he could be a pain in the ass sometimes, kept going down the levels until he was brought from a trail riding school by a one armed guy who rode him in a western saddle.

    Good horses can fall through the cracks, but it could also as someone else suggested, a high level jumper, not olympic horse.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Instant Karma View Post
    One horse that comes to mind is The General. He is upwards of 20 now, and did the GP jumpers with Michael Matz (possibly the Olympics too, I am not 100%). Anyway, after a successful career in that, he is now doing the Big Eq, qualifying and being very competitive. He is happy and healthy and looks to LOVE his job. No one grumbles about him, I'm sure! If all horses could look so terrific!
    I don't think that's the same horse.



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    Quote Originally Posted by baleofhay View Post
    Why doesn't someone email and ask if he has a tattoo?
    As an australian TB, he wouldn't have a tattoo, but he would have shoulder brands. I did write about that, and they said his winter hair is too thick to get a good read on them.
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    I didn't read through the entire thread, but I know of Nancy and Jo because I volunteered with a dog/cat rescue they worked with when living in NJ. They are very good-hearted, but new to horses. They just moved to their PA farm last year. They probably are just repeating whatever the horse's former owner told them. I doubt this horse ever got any closer to the Olympics than a TV set on in the barn, but they are now doing horse rescue and learning the ropes.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Alterrain View Post
    I don't think that's the same horse.
    I'm preeeeeeetty sure it is
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Snaffles View Post
    He has a very distinctive blaze / star.

    I don't recall any Aussie Olympic chestnut horses with a face like that.

    However, back pre late 90's, the Australian Olympics Committie, made people pay to get their horses over seas themselves, and would only contribute some money to get the horse home if they won. It is highly possible this horse was sold on, and then slipped through the cracks.

    A lot of people had to heartbreakingly sell their beloved horses, as they couldn't get them back home.

    He does look like one of our aussie TB's.

    Horses do fall through the cracks.
    several people have said things like this but I don't think it specifically said he was on the Australian Olympic team just that he was an Olympic horse and an Australian TB. Just thought I'd throw that out there. We could have a dutch warmblood on our team but we are not from the Netherlands...



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    Quote Originally Posted by jmjhp View Post
    Does anyone know a girl named Altaire? Was is the Kansas area, but was from Canada. She had a horse that was long listed for the Canadian team and that horse looks similar to me. I could be totally wrong, but she has been in some hard times.
    Dredging up memories here but I think a person I used to know bought him. Had him a couple of years then was put down or euthanized. It was in Horse Sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Instant Karma View Post
    I don't get this post. What about being ridden in the schooling jumpers at Wellington did the horse not deserve? If he was being well maintained, and well ridden, how is that detrimental to the horse? Regardless of whether or not he jumped around in the Olympics. There are a lot of horses that were GP jumpers and more that now earn their keep in the lower jumpers or the medals. As long as they are treated right and are happy, why not keep them working?

    One horse that comes to mind is The General. He is upwards of 20 now, and did the GP jumpers with Michael Matz (possibly the Olympics too, I am not 100%). Anyway, after a successful career in that, he is now doing the Big Eq, qualifying and being very competitive. He is happy and healthy and looks to LOVE his job. No one grumbles about him, I'm sure! If all horses could look so terrific!

    I can't think of many people who would grumble "that horse doesn't deserve that" unless there was some blatant wrong doing going on, like poor riding, unsoundess or mistreatment.

    Well, I must admit - I wasn't a horrifying rider, but I wasn't a peach either. I'm not sure why they commented - I only know I felt bad when they said it and figured it must have been something about my riding him. He was in good health and weight - he had the body of a tank (but he did bow a tendon later in the circuit).

    I'd ridden the horse in some medal classes as well - and he was such a blast to ride. I'd been quite the chicken hearted rider when it came to big jumps (which to me then, was everything), and riding that horse...I thought I could jump a house on him.

    So I agree obviously, then when the old pro's can't do what they were known for, they still have a good life teaching the rest of us to ride.

    I do hope someone here can take in this horse (whoever he may be). I find it deeply saddening that horses are so easily discarded and left in questionable circumstances. If I had the means, I think I would try and get him. I don't - so if a drop in the bucket towards bail money helps him to get to where he needs to be, send me a PM.



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    if a drop in the bucket towards bail money helps him to get to where he needs to be, send me a PM.
    Seconded!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Instant Karma View Post
    I'm preeeeeeetty sure it is
    I cannot find a photo of The General with or without Michael Matz, do you have one? I cannot remember what he looked like.
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    So I agree obviously, then when the old pro's can't do what they were known for, they still have a good life teaching the rest of us to ride.
    I think this is particularly true of successful show horses who are used to a great deal of attention and adulation. They still enjoy being part of the action and having their few minutes in the spotlight, even if they are jumping smaller jumps or showing a beginner the ropes in the crossrail division. It's still a horse show to them.



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