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She's a winner! One year update**** Have to share my new OTTB!!!

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  • She's a winner! One year update**** Have to share my new OTTB!!!

    One year update on page 3!

    Last Monday I picked up an OTTB from a race training center in Ocala and honestly, at the time I was afraid I might be making a HUGE mistake.

    What I was looking for: Green but well restarted, obviously quiet gelding.

    What I took home: What appeared to be a drama queen chestnut mare who raced in August and was then chucked out in a field.

    We stopped in to see this girl because she was on the way home from another farm we were visiting and we'd heard she was nice looking. Now in her defense, it was the day Hurricane Sandy (then a tropical storm) was passing through and it was VERY windy, and she was pulled out of a field of 10-15 other mares, who were all galloping around, but she came in acting a bit up. We almost didn't even stay to see her ridden, but we wanted to be polite so we waited while the owner jumped on (wearing shorts and sneakers). The owner swore that she rides the horse bareback all over the farm and she used this horse to train her exercise riders because she is so safe, but at the moment, I didn't really believe it.

    I hear my trainer muttering, "wow. She's a really nice mover" and a few days later I loaded the girl up and took her home. The whole way home I was having visions of a snorting red she-devil and worrying about what I was getting myself into, but OMG - She's been with us a week and she is the sweetest thing ever! There are definitely lots of things she's never seen, but while she definitely startles and looks, it doesn't go anywhere. She snorts and blows and then goes to check it out.

    She had never been bandaged, worn a blanket or lunged, but what she didn't know, she's learning and she's much farther along under saddle than I'd expect for an OTTB.

    We started riding her yesterday.


    Last edited by JWB; Nov. 17, 2013, 08:44 AM.
    The rebel in the grey shirt

  • #2
    Pretty girl and super pedigree! I look forward to hearing about the further adventures and maybe meeting her in person in Florida this winter
    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


    • #3
      She is really nice. Looks like you are going to have a lot of fun with her.
      Gilchrist said. "With Lost In The Fog, it's different. We want to take real good care of this horse. He's the only bullet in our holster."


      • #4
        Congrats!! She is gorgeous! Good luck with her!

        Btw, I bought my guy from the same trainer, 3 years ago. She was very honest and forthcoming about who he is and he has turned out wonderful.


        • Original Poster

          As long as the old man stays sound, we'll be out and about. She's not ready to play yet, but we'll get her over to Rocking Horse and the FHP at every opportunity to "take in the sights."
          The rebel in the grey shirt


          • #6
            Can't watch the video (yet) but what a lovely looking girl. With that hind end...she will be able to JUMP! Not at all surprised she is a good mover. Have a blast with her.
            ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


            • #7
              juli, so glad you found something on your trip up here

              ride it like you stole it! "ralph hill"


              • #8
                Congratulations for Not being detered by a Chestnut mare..she is lovely I am envious...


                • Original Poster

                  Wanted to share my update! The red head is coming along beautifully in training. She's just amazingly level headed, very naturally balanced, and straight forward in every sense of the word. She went out on a trail ride on Tuesday (including crossing a stream) and other than a few initial looks at the water, handled it like an old pro!

                  The rebel in the grey shirt


                  • #10
                    She's super!


                    • #11
                      Love her!!
                      Originally posted by Nickelodian
                      We jump horses. Over sticks. For fun.
                      Never take life too seriously. Nobody makes it out alive anyway.
                      Regulus RDL


                      • #12
                        She's beautiful! I can totally see how you wound up taking her home


                        • #13
                          My goodness she is a pretty girl isn't she? How'd she handle clipping? I'm jealous of how warm it must be there...brrr.

                          What kind of boots is she wearing?
                          COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                          "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


                          • #14
                            She's gorgeous! Glad you're enjoying her.



                            • Original Poster

                              I LOVE Florida and can't imagine living anywhere else. Yes, the heat is brutal in the summer but we ride before 9:00 am or after 6:00pm and it's all good. She was fantastic about the clipping. We had to twitch her to do her stomach and ears but for a horse that had never been clipped she was really well behaved.

                              The boots are a Tack of the Day special - their colored boots. While my inner 8-year old was screaming for red and purple, my ingrained fear of George Morris hunting me down in the night made me just go with the gray (as opposed to my standard black)
                              The rebel in the grey shirt


                              • #16
                                Congratulations, she is super cute! It will be fun to watch the two of you progress, so please post updates.
                                Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!


                                • #17
                                  She's really lovely!


                                  • #18
                                    Really gorgeous horse flesh, congrats!!
                                    Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

                                    The Grove at Five Points


                                    • #19
                                      Gaits show some real potential. Looks like a nice quality horse.
                                      "Friend" me !



                                      • #20
                                        Lovely mare!! She looks and moves a LOT like my guy - it's funny :-) They're related pretty far back, but nothing super close.