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  1. #1
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    Default 30 years later... my first horse (and he's an OTTB)!!!!!

    The ink is barely dry on the bill of sale, but I can hardly wait to tell the world about my new acquisition! At 34, the stars aligned for me and a fabulous 4 year old OTTB came in to my life. It should be noted, I was NOT looking, ahem... I'm getting married in 6 weeks (the timing could not be worse) but after 3 rides I was in love. I feel so lucky to have someone who knew exactly what I was looking for in an equine partner and as it turns out she's a fabulous match-maker/business woman!

    But, what really sold me was that my 2nd ride on him was at a hunter pace! Yes, a 4 year old OTTB who had never been off the property schlepped me (a flailing muppet) around Chester County like he'd being doing it his whole life. He loads and unloads quietly, stood for mounting, led, followed and never got silly. 3rd ride? A second hunter pace, this time leading more experienced horses over solid/spooky things. You should have seen the grin on my face galloping up and down hills with a loop in the reins.

    Gotta love the TB brain. He's got everything to learn (and so do I) but I think he and I will be a great team. At the PPE yesterday the vet told me that when they're well-bred, the class just shines through. I'm excited, and nervous and thrilled beyond belief!

    A big thank you to my SO and my horse friends who told me to go for it. Enablers.

    In the meantime, he needs a good name. His JC name is Women No Easy, but since he was foaled on St. Patrick's Day (and I'm an Irish citizen) I think it would be fun to give a little nod to my heritage. Also, we're both redheads. I have a few ideas, but I'd love to hear yours!

    Hopefully this link works, pics here (a few right after he left the track, and one from the end of our second ride)
    Last edited by hb4hb; Apr. 23, 2013 at 06:39 PM. Reason: Now with pictures!



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    Congrats!

    Can't help on the naming, but otherwise, yay!



  3. #3
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    Congrats! I bought my first horse at 32, also a 4 year old TB.



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    Well, you can't just post that with no pictures!! Let's see him!



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    I also bought my first horse at 34, also a 4 year old OTTB who ended up competing through advanced with his current owner (who bought him from me at the very beginning of his 6 year old year after he grew 2 1/2 inches ).

    Nothing like the TB brain! And yes, we need pictures. How about Conway for the Irish Red Ale http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/73/5096 or Murphy's Irish Red or any of these: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/161

    I've been on a kick giving horses booze names. Recent including the current guy:

    Keegan http://www.keeganales.com/
    Coleraine http://www.potstill.de/coleraine_dist1.htm
    Meritage http://www.wineintro.com/types/meritage.html
    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!



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    Quote Originally Posted by scubed View Post
    I also bought my first horse at 34, also a 4 year old OTTB who ended up competing through advanced with his current owner (who bought him from me at the very beginning of his 6 year old year after he grew 2 1/2 inches ).

    Nothing like the TB brain! And yes, we need pictures. How about Conway for the Irish Red Ale http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/73/5096 or Murphy's Irish Red or any of these: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/161

    I've been on a kick giving horses booze names. Recent including the current guy:

    Keegan http://www.keeganales.com/
    Coleraine http://www.potstill.de/coleraine_dist1.htm
    Meritage http://www.wineintro.com/types/meritage.html
    Pictures added! Yes, I like the boozy names too. I've been thinking about calling him Irish Goodbye, barn name Buzz (after my uncle).



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    Pictures added!



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    Congrats!!! He is a cutie patootie!!! And yep.. you just can't beat a good brain!



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    omg!! he sounds perfect! What more could you ask for? and yes. a booze name for sure. There are so many haha you could just google irish drinks and beer!



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    Adorable! Congratulations.



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