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  • Just starting to look again at ottb's ...

    It's been 2 1/2 years now since my last ottb died and I'm now starting the search again. I'm in the PNW and I know that its the worst time to get a horse off the track, being the beginning of the racing season, but I think that I need to start looking. I am a good 3 1/2 to 4 hours away from Emerald Downs and the Seattle area, so I'm trying to be selective about who I go see.

    Here is one that has returned to her racing farm after being in training but not racing ...


    I'm looking for something that is 15.2 to 16.1, compact, uphill, SOUND, brave with a sweet personality. I was just getting to training when I started to have issues with my current horse, so I want one that has the ability (mentally and physically) to get to prelim.

  • #2
    Oh, search this forum for the cutie that's at SAFE... gorgeous critter!


    • #3
      Friend Brenda Estes on Facebook She's in Grants Pass, OR and pulls horses from the track. I don't know anything about her other than through her postings on FB, but she gets some nice looking animals and is certainly worth watching.

      Good luck!


      • Original Poster

        Thanks to both of you! I actually have put in an application for Kai listed on SAFE (there are several that have already put in applications, so we'll see ... I like his photos, but know nothing about movement, etc.) and sent Brenda Estes a FB message about a guy that looks like he is already sold. I will friend her as well to get updates. I've also been in touch with Hidden Fox Farms and Second Chance Ranch.


        • #5
          Holy $hi! if that thing is still sound you should go get her. Who gives a young OTTB a place like that on its first turn out? Yikes.
          Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


          • #6
            She is a looker! And athletic!!
            "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


            • Original Poster

              A friend is going to go look at her hopefully this week. I'll post actual pictures if I can. I did look up Brenda Estes. She's pretty far away, being in the bottom of Oregon while I'm at the top of WA, but I'm interested in what she does?


              • #8
                I just want to plug Hidden Fox Farms. We have gotten four through Katie and they are all super.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
                  Holy $hi! if that thing is still sound you should go get her. Who gives a young OTTB a place like that on its first turn out? Yikes.
                  Sounds like this filly was just back in her old pasture

                  Originally posted by Rainier View Post
                  Here is one that has returned to her racing farm after being in training but not racing ...


                  • #10
                    She sure is fast, and can handle some terrain . If she doesn't want to jump, seems to have a start on a sliding stop, you could try some reining .


                    • Original Poster

                      I agree. the sliding stop at least showed that she could use her hind end I am definitely in touch with Katie at HFF. It's just a tough time to be looking, so early in the season. I'm trying to be VERY patient to find the right situation for my horse and be selective in looking for my next one.


                      • #12
                        I did like the filly. Yes she was running....but all my TBs (not just OTTB) do that. She didn't look like she has a screw loose....there was no running through the fence and she seemed in control of her body.

                        But you can't really judge her movement and no idea how she will be under saddle. You can tell she is generally a nice type and has a pretty face. Hopefully your friend can swing a leg over her.

                        Good luck on your search!
                        ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


                        • #13
                          Definitely not too foolish. Has a good gallop. may have a decent trot, hard to tell.

                          Looks attractive.
                          Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                          Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                          • #14
                            And she jumped a shrub. That was adorable!
                            Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

                            The Grove at Five Points


                            • Original Poster

                              Here is her dreamhorse ad ...



                              • #16
                                A second for Katie at Hidden Fox Farm. I got mine back in December, he is fabulous and exactly as described. Bought him sight unseen and had him shipped through her shipper.


                                • #17
                                  OMG did you see that chestnut that Katie just posted? It is gorgeous.


                                  Edited to add: I know nothing about the horse, just love that there are some people in the area who are trying to help TBs find homes
                                  Last edited by costco_muffins; Apr. 23, 2013, 05:34 PM.


                                  • #18
                                    I like the girl in turnout, but I have to ask...does she go right?


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by costco_muffins View Post
                                      OMG did you see that chestnut that Katie just posted? It is gorgeous.


                                      Lovely. That is a really nice prospect.
                                      ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


                                      • #20
                                        Do you know where I can find the info on this horse?