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  • Is this OTTB sound or off?

    Is this OTTB sound or off? And what else do you think of him?

    Am I seeing something in his hind end?


    Last edited by beaujolais; May. 21, 2010, 11:25 PM. Reason: typos

  • #2
    Originally posted by sonomacounty View Post
    Is this OTTB sound or off? And what else do you think of him?

    Am I seeing something in his hind end?


    Which horse? That's the link to the whole list


    • Original Poster

      Wow, fast, instigator. I just put it up and then saw that I had to fix the link. Tx.


      • Original Poster

        Oh, click on where it says "more information" (or something like that), then click on the video. Sorry.


        • #5
          Haha sorry I'm enjoying a beer and a night out of lurking....it's slow in here so I'm quick to read the first thread

          There is something definitely off with his right hind. Stifle perhaps? Hard to tell as he's still "running" at the trot.


          • #6
            i agree, right hind is short; it also looks to me like his hocks are big/puffy or something. He looks like a nice steady guy, going well especially since he's just off the track, and like he would be a willing learner of new stuff.
            We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


            • Original Poster

              O.K., that's what I thought.

              Darn, this one gets under my skin (in a good way, that is).

              For some eye candy, click on some of the photos of him which blows them up a bit. You'll see what I mean.


              • #8
                It may just be that his back is killing him from the monkey in the saddle pounding away on it.
                Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN


                • #9
                  He's in amazing shape for a horse that raced 105 times!

                  yes, he's off but I'd want a vet's opinion on why before I passed on him. He's still go that egg beater trot that a lot have coming off the track which isn't helping.

                  For $200 there's room for maintenance.

                  The horses tough enough to survive that many races generally can survive almost anything.
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                  • #10
                    I see off as in head bobbing on the right front, may be related to his hind but he does not stride out in the front either. Does he have shoes on?
                    "We, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit." JFK


                    • #11
                      I also see something right front....looks totally body sore as well.


                      • #12
                        Several things to ponder.

                        Has he had his hocks done ever??? Is he going with out shoes behind for the first time? since it appears bi-lateral. His sacrum/siatic are tight...from racing? Sore hocks and or stifles?
                        Jumping out of the gate and dragging yourself around a relativey flat hardsurface for 8 years of your life would trash your knees a bit.
                        Worth a vet work up at his price and perhaps some maintanace.
                        Also if he is still shod behind the toe grabs no matter how small will make them jam up behind.


                        • #13
                          The price of his adoption definetly reflects his soundness. I noticed that he isn't even on full turnout yet since it said they are getting him used to being outside.


                          • #14
                            My goodness tidy rabbit was that really necessary to post on a public forum.

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                            • #15
                              He does look wonky, but he doesn't have the sour appearance of a horse that's really uncomfortable. His ears are up and he's kind of checking things out. He looks like a nice dude.

                              Some old track horses develop "limpy" action even though they are not actually in pain, just as a person with (say) and old knee injury always has a bit of a limp, even when the knee doesn't hurt.

                              For the price, I'd at least check him out and have a vet go over him. If you know one, get a vet who has worked with horses transitioning off the track. Remember, horses on the track are used to really USING their muscles, in quick, explosive bursts. The idea of just trotting slowly about is not really familiar and as such they need to retrain the muscles how to work slowly. During the transition they can go through some wonky stages, especially behind.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by kfildes View Post
                                My goodness tidy rabbit was that really necessary to post on a public forum.
                                I'm sure she probably wouldn't have, except that it does contribute to how sound the horse exactly is, and therefore whether OP should pass or not.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Bogie View Post
                                  He's in amazing shape for a horse that raced 105 times!

                                  yes, he's off but I'd want a vet's opinion on why before I passed on him. He's still go that egg beater trot that a lot have coming off the track which isn't helping.

                                  For $200 there's room for maintenance.

                                  The horses tough enough to survive that many races generally can survive almost anything.
                                  I agree...I couldn't quite pinpoint where he is most uncomfortable - front end or hind. He, to me, moves like an older horse that has had miles. This just may be him.

                                  I wouldn't rule him out and if you are serious, I'd have a vet look at him.


                                  • #18
                                    I had one off the track who went like this, and he had chronic sacroilliac issues. Injections, chiro and massage could get him right for about a day, but the explosive action of breaking from the gate had created just too much damage for him. In addition, he had some serious locking stifles. A month of trail rides over hill and dale helped that, but he had to be kept in constant work to maintain it.

                                    Oh, and I don't think the monkey has anything to do with the way he's going. In fact, having ridden this type of gait, it feels very, very weird underneath you. She looks tense, and she's posting off the back of the saddle, but I don't think she's landing all that hard on him. I do note, however, that he swishes his tail in the corners at the canter when she sits down on him.

                                    If you can afford to take this one on, knowing it may not work out, go for it. But I'm pretty leery of him.
                                    Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.


                                    • #19
                                      He hasn't been off the track for a full month yet-I bet he gets better.

                                      Does anyone know who photographs those horses? They sure do a great job.


                                      • #20
                                        A lot of times they are body sore coming off the track. It's possible he had his shoes pulled behind and he's footsore. He might be coming off of something given at the track and they usually crash and look and feel like crap about a month or so later.
                                        He looks like a good guy, so I'd at least check him out.

                                        And whoever photographs for them does do an amazing job!