It's been 2 1/2 years now since my last ottb died and I'm now starting the search again. I'm in the PNW and I know that its the worst time to get a horse off the track, being the beginning of the racing season, but I think that I need to start looking. I am a good 3 1/2 to 4 hours away from Emerald Downs and the Seattle area, so I'm trying to be selective about who I go see.
Here is one that has returned to her racing farm after being in training but not racing ...
I'm looking for something that is 15.2 to 16.1, compact, uphill, SOUND, brave with a sweet personality. I was just getting to training when I started to have issues with my current horse, so I want one that has the ability (mentally and physically) to get to prelim.
Friend Brenda Estes on Facebook She's in Grants Pass, OR and pulls horses from the track. I don't know anything about her other than through her postings on FB, but she gets some nice looking animals and is certainly worth watching.
Thanks to both of you! I actually have put in an application for Kai listed on SAFE (there are several that have already put in applications, so we'll see ... I like his photos, but know nothing about movement, etc.) and sent Brenda Estes a FB message about a guy that looks like he is already sold. I will friend her as well to get updates. I've also been in touch with Hidden Fox Farms and Second Chance Ranch.
A friend is going to go look at her hopefully this week. I'll post actual pictures if I can. I did look up Brenda Estes. She's pretty far away, being in the bottom of Oregon while I'm at the top of WA, but I'm interested in what she does?
I agree. the sliding stop at least showed that she could use her hind end I am definitely in touch with Katie at HFF. It's just a tough time to be looking, so early in the season. I'm trying to be VERY patient to find the right situation for my horse and be selective in looking for my next one.
I did like the filly. Yes she was running....but all my TBs (not just OTTB) do that. She didn't look like she has a screw loose....there was no running through the fence and she seemed in control of her body.
But you can't really judge her movement and no idea how she will be under saddle. You can tell she is generally a nice type and has a pretty face. Hopefully your friend can swing a leg over her.
Good luck on your search!
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