This fall I purchased an OTTB from Suffolk Downs that I had seen listed on the Canter New England Training Listings page. Eleanor (race name Dream Doer) is a 3 yr old, 16.2 (and growing) dark brown filly. I'm hoping to retrain her to be my adult hunter. She is the quietest, most well mannered off the track horse I've ever worked with and has just a darling personality. I've put probably 15-20 rides on her and she wtc both directions and comes out quiet everytime, once she gains some more balance and muscle and softens up more I think she's going to be lovely! Below are links to a few photos of when I first got her. Currently, she's getting the winter off to grow up, gain some weight and be a horse! I'll have to post some more in the spring once she's further along under saddle!
I'm looking at her head, her neck, the high wither, and the shape of her shoulder in particular. She looks unfinished at the moment. In about 6 months she'll look great.
Do you have lots of hills to ride on? Her topline is typical off-the-track, not well developed. That will change with regular riding. Going up and down hills will be good for that and it's a change from normal schooling flatwork.
Well the mind is a big priority so you are super lucky.... I bet she will look really nice once she gets different feed and riding - turns into a Hunter... she sure is in nice race form in the photos - what a huge heart girth!!!! Good for riders like me with lots of leg that needs to be taken up.
She looks really sweet. Looks like you have a lot of fun a head of you. Good luck with her.
"The horse should pay attention to two things only: the rider’s aids and his own self-preservation at the jump—not the environment. ~ GM
Post another picture in about 6 months when she has beefed up and shed out for summer.
Two things make a good Hunter, a great canter and good to great jump out of that great canter. Of course they have to be brave to the fences, have a great lead change and be trainable.
Too early to tell on that front. But I bet she'll be a fast learner for you. Nice expression too, need that in a show horse.
Ohhh, she is by Bellamy Road? I remember him, he was quite a looker, major stakes record IIRC that included some of three 3 year old Classics. AP Indy is fairly close too, he was also gorgeous as well as fast.
ETA...Bellamy Road is featured on the Winstar Farm website where he has done well as a sire. He won the Wood by 17 lengths, set the record and ran a 120 Beyer for trainer Nick Zito. Now...that does not mean your mare is going to be a Hunter but...it's fun to look at your horse's good looking daddy. And he was and still is a GOOD horse producing good horses for the track.
And, you know what? She looks like her daddy and is built very much the same.
Last edited by findeight; Dec. 30, 2012 at 08:17 AM.
When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.
I'm very excited about this filly. I can't wait to see how she looks in 6 months once she's under saddle in the spring for a couple of months and then again in a year and then a few years from now. I show mostly the local Connecticut circuit, so as long as she's a decent mover and likes to jump I'll be content. Especially if she continues to be as quiet and good natured as she has been the first 3 months we've had her. She hacks out with others, loves her turnout, is fine not working even after a few weeks.
In the spring time once she's back to work for awhile I'll have to free jump her a bit see how she goes!
The only challenging piece right now is figuring out what she will and won't eat,, she's picky and sensitive. She was on a sweet feed at the track and refused to eat pellets when she got to my farm, so I bought her sweet feed not wanting her to lose weight during her adjustment period. Until I realized it gives her hives (a former hand walker from the track said she had hives there too), so I weaned her off of the sweet feed onto a pelleted grain and she's doing much better. I have her on as much 2nd cutting hay as she'll eat and SmartDigest and CoolCals supplement (I also figured out that alfalfa pellets give her hives too, darn sensitive tbs ). She's put on a good bit of weight, but she also is more butt high than when I got her a couple months ago- so I think we'll be fighting the growing taller/lean lanky look for awhile still!
She looks A LOT like her sire. I've seen him in person.
Who wouldn't love a big black bay TB filly? She's lovely.
Try a round of ulcer meds for the "picky eating". Just went through this with my own big, black bay TB mare. She wouldn't eat pellets, and just barely picked at other grains, but ate hay well. 7 days into the ulcer meds and she was sucking everything down like a chow hound.
Yeah I'm thinking a round of gastro-guard might be something I check into in the future. Right now she's been eating really well for that past few weeks once we figured out what was causing her the hives and removed that from her diet, so we'll see how that goes over the next while.
Now that she figured out pellets aren't so bad, she always finishes her bucket and she also likes warm beet pulp mash so that mixes up the CoolCals and SmartDigest supplements and she always finishes that.
I have a feeling she's going to be around 17 hands when she's all done growing, so we'll be trying to keep her bulking up up with her growing height lol. We've had several other TBs that just took until 5-8 years old to really finish growing "out".
And her last race was in September so she really hasn't been off the track for that long. I'm happy to have a barn at home where I can give her 6 months or so off to let down and let her system recoop! And her sweet personality hasn't changed a wink, she's still quiet to handle and even my non-horsey husband pets and chats with her in the morning and leads her up to turnout for me!
She's a sweet mare . Not thrilled with her track photo - only because I took it and it was one of those days where I was being pulled in 20 directions at one time so I was rushing bigtime! But I knew with her temperment and overall demeanor that she wouldn't last long on our site - she was just a perfect gal when they took her out for her photo! I try to go back and get better photos sometimes but she found a great home with you so there was no need ! Can't wait to see her progress - always love to see them in their new homes/careers !!
"When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered."CANTER New England
We were lucky this weekend and the weather warmed up a bit so we took a group out on a trail ride this weekend. So after a couple of weeks of hanging out playing in the snow with no riding, I pulled out my riding boots and tacked the baby up!
It was Ellie's first time out in the group and on the trails. She was excellent, walked quietly along like she has been doing this for years happy in the front, middle or back. The only hesitation was crossing a small stream, but once she realized her friends could do it she walked right through it. Attached is a photo of her trot on the lunge before we went out, I'm just loving this filly, she's getting nicer and nicer and is only 3!!
She reminds me so much of my black ottb mare who is turning 14 this year. She is such a complete quiet packer! She did the 3'6"-4' hunters for years up and down the east coast and brought me along from 2'6" to the 3'6". Good luck with her, she is lovely! Come spring time I think you're going to have quite the looker! Enjoy her and have fun!
Now that Ellie has been off the track (Suffolk Downs) since October I wanted to do a quick update! She's grown about 1.5 inches since I got her, she's a whooping 16.3ish now! So as we've been working to put weight on her, she's decided she'd rather grow taller so we're still playing a bit of a catch up game with the weight, but it's certainly improved!
I took her to her first show about a month ago, she was nervous and excited but settled down after awhile and got a couple of ribbons in the green horse flat division. I was thrilled that none of the other horses phased her and colorful jumps didn't bother her much either, she was more just looky and a bit over excited to check everything out. Also it could have been her 1st time in an indoor arena so gold star for that day!
Right now she's only lightly working 2-3 days a week as I want to give her more time to catch up on her growing since she's telling us she's going to be a BIG girl! I'm hoping later this summer or fall to put her into a more regular program if her body mass catches up. Otherwise we'll let her keep developing through 2013 and put her really to work in 2014. But overall I'm very pleased her with and think with her great personality and willing work attitude that once her body catches up I'm going to have a nice mare on my hands!
She is so cute ! I saw this post at work and couldn't respond so now that I am home (it was a long day) I wanted to tell you how cute she is. I have had my OTTB for 2 years he is coming along so well. I have all the time in the world so he is just now doing courses. I love mares especially dark ones...
Just another quick update Ellie went to her 2nd show, this time to hang out for the day and then work in the schooling ring. We started off the day pretty nervous and obviously she was not feel very self confident. But by the end of the day after a really nice school in the pen, she seemed to take a deep breath, her eyes softened and she realized hey maybe this wasn't so bad!