So a client of mine is a re-rider whose husband got burned by previous trainers and was soured to the thought of owning another horse. She's been riding off & on for about 15-16 years, loves it. She's been riding one of my sale horses and competing with him but hubby wouldn't budge on getting him. SO randomly I find a nice looking coming 3 year old OTTB looking for a home. Send her the picture for us to drool over.... long story short, he came home with us last night after a FABULOUS pre-purchase.
I'd just like to say, this is the sweetest baby I have ever dealt with. He has only been here a day and he's already charming everyone... keep waiting for the catch!
Here are some pictures of him from last night and our first ride this morning. He's only been off the track about 3 weeks.... how he ever ran I have no clue since I was kicking for the canter.
[the figure-8 isn't done up tightly, I wanted to use the bit on the bridle and was too lazy to switch it.]
OTTB Stallion, Actually won $50k on the track, almost need spurs to make him go... I think a lot of them realize when they leave the track, their done running. He's sweet, black bay, and hopefully my new jumper....BTW mine came with a decent name...
She doesn't like his current name, and not a fan of the NOLA names. Does he respond to the current one enough that you need to go close or rhyme-y? And I'm honestly not clear, is her hers? Or yours? Or ?
I'd go with a people name for him myself. A Gabe or Ben, since he's so calm and smart looking.
Client decided on Zydeco, we call him Z for short. He didn't come with a name, the lady who rescued him (he was headed to Mexico after his last race) started calling him Treme because the owners she got him from never told her his barn name. I loved Treme but I also really like Zydeco.
He is my client's, not mine (though I'd totally take him off of her hands). He looks like he'll be headed to hunter land (he has that trot with steel shoes!) which makes his new owner thrilled.
She rode him for the first time today (I rode him in the pictures yesterday) and just LOVED him. This is her first OTTB.
Since it sounds like her husband finally got on board with the new horse, why not ask his input on a barn name? Worst case, there has to be a player on his favorite NFL/NBA/NHL team with a first name that would suit.
I have an OTTB - rescue from a bad situation, he was 18 when i got him (they were starving him, he was in a field in the winter for 4 months with no food, worming, etc). He's a fabulous guy. I bought him out of pity, kept him becuase he's so slow and fabulous. Takes a lot of leg to make him trot, and he only is goofy at canter on the rare occasion, if it's been a while since he's been worked.
We didn't find out he was an OTTB until we took him to the vet one time as a companion for another horse we were hauling, and they checked him over while he was there and found a lip tattoo. I never even thought of checking for one.
Zydeco (Z!) is headed to his first show tomorrow for a field trip. He will be playing in the trot over X's clear rounds at a local schooling show. His canter is getting soo soft & he's learning to stretch down at the trot. What a fun baby!