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My new driving horse - OTTB

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  • My new driving horse - OTTB

    I was finally able to arrange for help when I had time and the weather was ok (which changed shortly after this) to hook my OTTB. She had been hooked to a racing sulky I was able to borrow a few years ago, but I haven't hooked her since then due to several factors. She was excellent. Stood quietly for hooking and never made a wrong move. It looks like she will be FUN . Yes I know a few adjustments need to be made, but it was fine for this drive.

    So here she is:


  • #2
    How fun nice to see someone using an OTTB. One of these days, I'd like to try my OTTB driving (she's a chestnut mare so of course she will be wonderful- she actually is a great level headed girl whom I expect would do very well at driving).

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      Originally posted by Mukluk View Post
      How fun nice to see someone using an OTTB. One of these days, I'd like to try my OTTB driving (she's a chestnut mare so of course she will be wonderful- she actually is a great level headed girl whom I expect would do very well at driving).
      My first OTTB was a chestnut mare. She was a great driving horse, I did pleasure shows, CDEs, and even parades.

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      • #4
        Awesome and cool pictures!
        "i'm a slow learner, it's true."

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        • #5
          Huzzah for the OTTBs!
          They can do anything!

          There used to be a poster here - War Admiral - who drove an OTTB & had great posts about him.

          Have fun with your girl.
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          • #6
            Very nice start!

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              #7
              My first OTTB driving, Lillie Darwin. The picture is from 1988. Different cart, though very similar to the current one.

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                #8
                Originally posted by SLW View Post
                Very nice start!
                Thank you.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
                  Huzzah for the OTTBs!
                  They can do anything!

                  There used to be a poster here - War Admiral - who drove an OTTB & had great posts about him.

                  Have fun with your girl.
                  Thoroughbreds can do anything Does anyone know what happened to War Admiral

                  Christa, you have a very nice horse there, she looks perfect with that cart too.
                  Hillary Rodham Clinton - the peoples choice for president.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Gestalt View Post

                    Thoroughbreds can do anything Does anyone know what happened to War Admiral

                    Christa, you have a very nice horse there, she looks perfect with that cart too.
                    Thank you.

                    I remember War Admiral driving, I think her TB was older and she was only driving him lightly.

                    With my cart I was worried the shafts might be a little short and I'm happy to see they are just right. I do need to make a few adjustments though. The shafts should be little higher and the kicking strap needs to be longer. I also need to move the holdbacks further forward on the shafts. Nothing major, just a few minor changes.

                    Also, for anyone interested, this is Bayshore Gal (2007) - FLF class of 2011.

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                    • #11
                      Awesome! So nice to hear what ottb's are doing in their second careers. (I'm assuming your referring to FingerLakes Finest?)
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                        Originally posted by Gestalt View Post
                        Awesome! So nice to hear what ottb's are doing in their second careers. (I'm assuming your referring to FingerLakes Finest?)
                        Yes. I also tagged them on Facebook.

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                          War Admiral kind of seemed to burn out on horses. She did drive her TB, more ground driving (she wanted him very solid for driving first) than carriage driving, especially as he aged more. Not a young horse when she trained him to drive. he always seemed to have issues going on which were expensive. She also lost her job, went to minimal income and had offered him for free. She did get a new job with better pay finally. After he passed, she got another horse and a pony I believe, who just did not work out. I think they ended up being sold or put down. But for someone who tried so hard, her horses were not kind to her. They were not ever fun to take out and enjoy for various reasons, just work to keep going. That was so discouraging to read in her posts, probably worse in real life. I admired how she always tried to be positive about things she faced daily. She said a farewell a couple years back, was going to be on recess away from horses for a while.

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                            HRH Avery! I loved hearing about Avery, War Admiral's driving TB. She posted a very moving tribute to him; gosh, she loved that horse. I had no idea about the bad times; as you say, she was always so positive. I hope WA is doing better now.

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                              Had a chance for another drive Saturday. She was good again. We had a couple of minor sticky moments - the worst one was fixed with a peppermint wrapper when she got stuck on a turn .

                              I don't know how much more I'll be able to do this year. The weather is turning the footing is getting bad due to rain.

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                              • #16
                                Christa P - I am so glad to see your pictures of your mare. I missed them on Facebook so this was a treat. I did hook my OTTB (also an FLF) a few years ago. He took to it beautifully and was completely un-phased by any of it. Unfortunately, his neck arthritis and shoulder issues were really aggravated by the breast collar. It was a bummer because he is such a steady and sensible fellow. I would have been very confident tooling around with him. I hope to see you and your mare out and about.
                                Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds
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                                  Originally posted by Rhymes W/Orange View Post
                                  Christa P - I am so glad to see your pictures of your mare. I missed them on Facebook so this was a treat. I did hook my OTTB (also an FLF) a few years ago. He took to it beautifully and was completely un-phased by any of it. Unfortunately, his neck arthritis and shoulder issues were really aggravated by the breast collar. It was a bummer because he is such a steady and sensible fellow. I would have been very confident tooling around with him. I hope to see you and your mare out and about.
                                  That's too bad about your horse. I wonder if a full collar or empathy collar would have made a difference by changing pressure points or redistributing the pressure.

                                  Time and money permitting we'll be out next summer. I already bought a show harness a few years ago and I inherited a really nice meadowbrook for showing.

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                                  • #18
                                    I know this is going to sound cheesy but, except for color, she looks like how I always pictured Black Beauty when I was a kid.

                                    So cool that's she's taking to her new job so well. Can't wait to see her in nice weather!

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                                    • #19
                                      How exciting! She looks great and how nice that she now has a new job

                                      I hear you on the crappy weather now. We have packed away all of our driving stuff and now I'm stuck to riding on the weekends when I trailer to an indoor arena. Fun times of the winter ahead...

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