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    Default Article on CNN Homepage today: OTTBs

    Nice to see OTTBs getting some love today in light of the Derby tomorrow!

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/03/living...ces/index.html
    "Lord if we should fall, my horse and I, please pick my horse up first."

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    Very nice article. I had an OTTB mare. She had raced from a 2 year old to a 6 year old, then was a broodmare for 6 years. She ended up at a mule farmers, then was sold, thin and wormy to a friend because she was a quite "kids horse". Uh, no! They wormed her, fed her and no one could ride her. They even had a couple of "cowboys try" but they didn't get it. She was a race horse. Pulling back on the reins meant "go faster". When I saw her, I was horseless and had been for years but wanted back. I told them to call me if they decided to sell her. 6 months later they called. I went out to ride her. She had 2 gaits: she walked, she ran. There was nothing in between. I bought her on the spot and we had 14 great years together. I bred her to another TB and I have her 13 year old son. I love the breed. I'd do it again in a minute!

    Oh, and she didn't like men! When I sent her to the breeder to give birth, the wife would have to go out and bring her in because the men couldn't catch her.



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    Great article.
    These horses DESERVE to have a good like after racing.
    Some of those stories (Clever Allemont!) are both heartbreaking and heartwarming.

    I bought my now 15 year old mare at the track when she was 4. Small, brown, not the best conformation, but so gentle and nice to me when I visited her in her stall. I figured, if I didn't buy her, she'd be a goner. She is SUCH a nice little horse and we have a lot of fun together.
    I bought another one at the track, who is now helping little kids learn to ride, and loves all the attention they give her.
    Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!



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