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From the track to 1.40m: Celebrating 3 years OT with my TB....

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  • From the track to 1.40m: Celebrating 3 years OT with my TB....

    I'm so proud of my TB boy, and I wanted to share with like minded horsey folk

    The backstory: In 2007 I picked up my TB at 5yo from a trainer on the track after a dismal year of racing. I had kids play around with him in the 2'6"-3'3" jumpers in 2008 (http://pets.webshots.com/photo/25295...94686761tfdNFy) and then started him at 3'6" last year and moved him up to 1.30m (http://pets.webshots.com/photo/21173...94686761EeTtsu) by the end of the season. He was incredible all year and often class winner/division champion by virtue of being the cleanest in the class.

    I decided to push him just a little bit further starting this year out and entered the 1.40m jumpers at our first full show of 2010 last week. In the meantime, I have a new job that has me traveling in the SE (yes, as a matter of fact that IS the opposite of where I currently reside in the NW!) 3 or 4 days a week, so all of my horses have been on a 3-or-4-days-off, 3-or-4-days-on schedule. (We're working on moving to NC, but are still probably a couple of months out.), which is, of course, a less-than-ideal conditioning schedule.

    On to the story of this show: We did a 1.30m class on the first day followed by his first 1.40m class over the same course. He hit the first two rails (I swear I could hear him cursing at the idiot who set the fences too high ) and then he "got it." He was such a rock star for the rest of the show! We had one or two rails in our classes, but they were "green" rails stemming from the fact that he isn't always terribly quick with his front end and is still working to figure out what to do with his body parts over the bigger jumps. I was really looking to see what the bigger jumps would do to his brain (he's extremely careful, so rails don't mean anything to me at this point since he doesn't have them if he can help it), and I couldn't have been happier with him in that respect.

    After being a little undone the first day he walked into the ring on the second day completely confident and relaxed, and marched around like it was as easy as pie (and yes, I did panic a little and goose him to the first fence, so I call the first fence MY error):

    I haven't been this excited about a horse since I was a teenager, and all I want to do is GET BACK IN THE RING! And the icing on the cake is that I put him in the [1.40m] Grand Prix and he not only jumped around like it was no big deal despite the crowd and noise (thankfully both were quieter than usual due to the late start), but even saved my butt over the last two fences where I took a bit of a flyer over the oxer into a one-stride.

    So I suppose this is my ode to OTTBs and my quirky but hard-working guy in particular!
    Last edited by PNWjumper; Apr. 27, 2010, 11:28 PM. Reason: replaced the GP video with one from a higher quality camera
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  • #2
    Awesome! Do you know what his breeding is?


    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by caryledee View Post
      Awesome! Do you know what his breeding is?
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      • #4
        That's so incredible!!! Many congratulations!

        I'm on a very exciting new adventure with my OTTB - because she's not only my first OTTB, but my first greenie - and only the 2nd horse I've ever owned! So I'm taking things slow *to the max* with her, and doing everything with the help of my trainer. But god love her - she's just so kind and willing, it's been such a treat so far. I can't wait until I have some truly brag-worthy news to post about her! So, I can only live vicariously through you at this point.

        Those rounds are certainly something to be very proud about! Give that boy extra treats and hugs (if he likes that sort of thing) from me, too - for being such a rock star in that ring!

        And btw, be very proud of yourself, too. You've obviously done a wonderful job with him.
        ~*~*~*~Founding member of the Spotted Saddlebred Pals Clique~*~*~*~

        The equine love of my life: Gabriel
        4/6/1993 - 8/23/2015 ...RIP my big, beautiful boy <3


        • #5
          YAY for Billy! Maybe Billy will be the first to win the OTTB silver stirrup award!???

          Congratulations on such a great young horse! Maybe you should do a few 8 year old classes with him too!???
          Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN


          • #6
            That horse is a ROCKSTAR! You too!! And GO OTTB's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


            • #7
              Nice!! Thanks so much for sharing. I know how popular the WBs are, but I love the TBS the best. I own 8 horses, and my all-time favorite is my 20 year old TB, who can still be Champion at the local shows with the short and long stirrup riders. I love my WBs, but sometimes they are really not that smart. I nicknamed my Dutch horse after "Dory" from Finding Nemo because he is like a goldfish-no short term memory. You can walk by the same pile of jumps 20 days in a row, and it's spooky the first time, every time. TB looks at it once, gets it, and it's over. I told my trainer I am going all TB, all the time from now on. She just rolls her eyes LOL.


              • #8
                Great Thread!!

                Fantastic. What a great job and wonderful guy!

                I think, when I'm looking next year, I need to have you find my next project horse
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                • #9
                  You guys look great! Who won the GP?


                  • #10
                    He looks so fun to ride! What an awesome horse.
                    A proud friend of bar.ka.


                    • #11
                      What a fantastic story!!! So inspiring. I love me some OTTBs, have never taken one straight off the track but have always wanted to. Thanks for sharing!
                      "Lord if we should fall, my horse and I, please pick my horse up first."



                      • #12
                        I LOVE this stuff! Thanks so much for sharing
                        Erin and
                        Instant Karma "Sunny", ShineDown "Liam"

                        "You can't control the wind, but you can adjust the sails."


                        • #13
                          You guys look great together! And you'll only get better. Great job. You should be proud.
                          “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                          ¯ Oscar Wilde


                          • #14
                            Fabulous job -- well done Billy!


                            • #15
                              Wow. I'd just like to say, on behalf of the hunter crowd, jeez. Those jumps are really, really big. *Shudder* Way to go! The horse is a rockstar. And, maybe, just maybe, you had something to do with it too
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                              • Original Poster

                                Thanks to everyone for the kind words....I'll pass them on to Billy!

                                Originally posted by Kasper View Post
                                You guys look great! Who won the GP?
                                Megan Gass on Top Shelf won the class in a "horse race" (i.e. both had clean, fast rides) against Jeff Campf on London, who ended up a close second. The rest of the field had rails if I recall correctly. Results are here:
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                                • #17
                                  Congratulations! I'm so excited for you guys. He is such a handy jumper, and it looks like he has a great mind as well. It's fantastic to see OTTB success stories, please keep us updated on all of his accomplishments!


                                  • #18
                                    Now THAT is a nice horse! You've done a great job with him!

                                    Just goes to show that TBs really are the bees knees.


                                    • #19
                                      Congrats on having a super boy and competing at 1.40. He looked great for the first time around a course that big!!

                                      This gives me hope for my giant, goofy, lazy 6yo OTTB who doesn't realize he actually has to jump *over* the jumps and not just trip through them
                                      Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
                                      My equine soulmate
                                      Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding


                                      • #20
                                        Fabulous! Congratulations on a job well done! Good luck and I hope we get to see many more videos!
                                        Inner Bay Equestrian