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So Happy tonight!!! New Horse UPDATE - PHOTOS ADDED

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  • So Happy tonight!!! New Horse UPDATE - PHOTOS ADDED

    Had to share with someone! Went to see a 6 yr old TB (OTTB but never raced, too slow), I have developed a fear of cantering over the last few years, especially on horses I am not familiar with. I can do anything with just about any horse in the trot but ask me to canter and I get anxious and tight. Well on this horse, I asked for canter (my trainer gave me orders that I cannot buy the horse if I cant canter him). he went but his canter is sooo much bigger than my 14.3 h arabs that I promptly leaned right over his neck in the fetal position! He didn't do anything just kept going until I said whoa. Seller yelled at me to sit up so I went and asked again, she yelled "sit up and breathe' and then we were good. HE was a total packer.

    So came home to tell dh about him, and I told him about my canter debacle, and he said "stop right there, you were practically on his neck and he didn't do anything? Buy the horse." So I am picking him up first thing in the am. HIs conformation isnt perfect for dressage, he has rather a long back, and his movement is good but not great. HOwever he has a wonderful affectionate personality, and I feel good on him. My trainer said, "who cares if he can't go to 4 th level, by the time he tops out, you will have regained your confidence and be ready for more horse',

    HIs name is Middletown Road, but we are going to call him Teddy because he is just a big teddy bear. So I guess I am now a member of the OTTB lovers club as well as the arab lovers club!

    thanks for listening
    arabsrock (and OTTB's too)
    Last edited by arabiansrock; May. 25, 2011, 01:23 PM. Reason: Update - Photos Added

  • #2
    Congratulations to you and Teddy!! Look forward to your sharing photos of your new boy!!
    The Horse's Handbook on Snorting: Humans like to be snorted on. Everywhere. It is your duty, as the family horse, to accommodate them.


    • #3
      Not fair to share happiness without pictures!


      • #4
        My trainer said, "who cares if he can't go to 4 th level, by the time he tops out, you will have regained your confidence and be ready for more horse',
        Remember, it's the journey that is important. You will get there and Teddy will help. Congratulations.


        • #5
          Good choice now you can really learn to ride.


          • #6
            Woo-hoo! Sounds like you now have a great horse to go along with your great horse-purchase-approving DH!


            • #7
              That's awesome, congratulations! He sounds like a sweet horse
              Gallant Gesture "Liam" 1995 chestnut ottb gelding
              Mr. Painter "Remy" 2006 chestnut ottb gelding
              My Training Blog: www.dressagefundamentals.com


              • #8
                Awww...that is sweet! I am happy for you
                Courage and beauty and power and grace, the gift from the horse to humanity’s race. ~Author Unknown


                • #9
                  That's awesome!

                  Congrats to you and Teddy!!!


                  • #10
                    That's so cool, congratulations!
                    --Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity--


                    • #11
                      They are truly wonderful and very special horses. Congrats!!!


                      • #12
                        Congrats, both on finding a great match AND having a hubby who "gets it"! Very cool!
                        If Kim Kardashian wants to set up a gofundme to purchase the Wu Tang album from Martin Shkreli, guess what people you DON'T HAVE TO DONATE.


                        • Original Poster

                          Thank-you everybody, I am so excited. Of course we had to have a problem this am tho, got to ranch with truck back up to trailer, and my son comes up and says "mom you are going to kill me but I took the hitch off and it is in the garage". So now I am going to go get him tonight.

                          I "used" to know how to ride, I have ridden thru 3rd level, but at some point I lost my confidence in the canter. I can do anything at trot on anybody. Just don't ask me to canter.
                          so if he helps me get my confidence back then he will be worth his weight in gold.

                          I will try and get some nice pics later this week after I get him cleaned up a bit. But... he is a bit of an ugly duckling and has NO muscle right now, so he won't look much like a dressage prospect. But give me 6 months and I bet he looks much better.


                          • #14
                            Posted by arabiansrock:

                            I "used" to know how to ride, I have ridden thru 3rd level, but at some point I lost my confidence in the canter. I can do anything at trot on anybody. Just don't ask me to canter.
                            so if he helps me get my confidence back then he will be worth his weight in gold.
                            He sounds like he is going to be a lot of fun


                            • #15
                              He sounds perfect Congratulations.
                              Originally Posted by sketcher
                              Oh THANK GOD. For a moment I thought no one would kick her when she was down


                              • #16
                                Congrats! I'm a one week old OTTB owner too!!!!! Lessee some photos!
                                Originally posted by dizzywriter
                                My saddle fits perfectly well. It might be a little tight around the waist, but I take care of that with those spandex things.


                                • #17
                                  good for you, congratulations


                                  • #18
                                    Awesome! Can't wait to see pictures
                                    Green Cove Springs, FL


                                    • #19

                                      I jumped into the OTTB pool myself last week, and couldn't be more pleased! They sure are special horses, and the coolest thing is that they pick you as much as you pick them.

                                      Congrats, OP!!!

                                      (Oh, and I am now going from a spotted draft - Paint/Perch cross - to TB.)
                                      “Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire. It is a grand passion.” ~Emerson


                                      • #20
                                        My co-workers are looking at me like I'm crazy. I'm smiling from ear to ear for you! Congratulations POST PICS!!!
                                        "No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle" -Winston Churchill