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My new OTTB

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  • My new OTTB

    Well, he's 17 so hasn't seen a track in a LONG time, but he is tattooed LOL.

    I brought home the newest attempt at getting back in the saddle after literally 20 years last night and this one appears to be a keeper. I am a former B pony clubber, but now fat and middle aged (working hard at the fat part so I can event again) can't do anything about the middle aged, that needed a tolerant kind soul to get me going again. I had tried a full draft and a half draft because of my weight, and felt sorry even getting on this guy and expected him to feel like a 2 x 4 but actually he felt quite good and he was much more interested in trotting than I was even after several trots, so the weight must not have been bothering him. He loves his peppermints and a good face rub. Really skinny, they wormed him with Quest in May and he literally almost died, so we have some work to do there, but I should have him fat and shiny within a few months. I may even take him hound walking next week, something I have never done.

    They said his teeth were done 6 mos ago, but he is spitting out wads of chewed up hay so I called the dentist today to come and have a look. I stuck my finger in to see what I could tell and all I can say is everything felt VERY smooth. TOO smooth. Hope it is not an issue.

    His legs are absolutely clean. Not a splint, wind puff etc to be found. He does toe out a scary amount behind, and of course has very small feet compared to what I am used to, but is suppose to be absolutely sound with no issues so will assume that is true. He is retiring from a high school equestrian team that has lost some funding and they are being forced to cut back on their horses. The video showed him at Popular Place this spring packing a kid who didn't ride very well over the log into the water, over the ditch, up the banks etc on a completely loopy rein at a very nice lope so I figured he should be able to do the job for me VBG.

    I felt kind of bad, the coach and the kids were crying when they loaded him on the trailer.

  • #2
    Congratulations on your new boy! He sounds like he will be a great match for you, especially once you get him back on the road to perfect health!
    Final Furlong Racehorse Retirement


    • #3
      Congratulations on the new boy
      Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.


      • #4
        congratulations. Any pictures?
        Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


        • #5
          So glad he found a great home. Enjoy him!


          • #6

            That tattoo...starts with an X? (I've a 17 yo OTTB, too.)


            • Original Poster

              I haven't looked at the tattoo, I'll have a look when the dentist is here this afternoon.

              His name is Award Night, by Academy Award. His USEA name is Ringo Star.

              I rode him again this morning and cantered for the first time in 20 years. He was again a star.

              Now if I can just figure out what is going on with his mouth that he really can't chew hay very well, we are good to go. I really don't want a hay cube only kind of guy..........


              • #8
                I really like Award Night for a name.


                • #9
                  Yup, 17 year old, and did race much even back in the day: http://www.equineline.com/Free-5X-Pe...number=1456392
                  OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!