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  • #41
    Originally posted by Seven-up View Post
    Semi-spinoff:

    For those of you who know, what were race records like for all of your guys and girls? All mine were craptastic runners. (Worked out great for me!)
    Cally was terrible on the racetrack! She ran twice and made a bit over $500 Actually, come to think of it, we had a "walk race" at the fun show at the barn this fall, and she came in 5th behind some ponies She's a trier, she's just not particularly swift.
    A Year In the Saddle

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    • #42
      Originally posted by Seven-up View Post
      Semi-spinoff:

      For those of you who know, what were race records like for all of your guys and girls?...My jumper only ran once and came in dead last...he was so slow they turned off all the lights and everyone went home before he crossed the finish line.
      Snort. Well, they can't all be great on the track, eh? Maybe they should have tried point to point with him.

      My mare wasn't heavily campaigned, but broke her maiden and hit the board a lot with a 1-2-3 record and around $20,000 in earnings. Since we had her in the end on the track, I can tell you she was a good distance horse with stamina and picked it up at the end when run anywhere around a mile to a mile and a quarter. She routinely put in works in :37 under wraps with my husband up (full sized man). One of, if not my biggest, problem right now is she's got a nice walk, a collected trot, an extended trot, and then goes right up to a gallop if you can't leverage her into a "racehorse" canter. She LOVES to run. Fortunately, she'll do the other gaits all day until you ask her to go or her companions go. Then, you better be ready for rating her. We're working on it.

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      • #43
        Originally posted by Seven-up View Post
        Semi-spinoff:

        For those of you who know, what were race records like for all of your guys and girls? All mine were craptastic runners. (Worked out great for me!)
        Blush wasn't a world beater, but she earned her oats. 27 starts, 4 wins, won just under $37,000 and is an allowance winner.

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        • #44
          Tiki never finished better than mid pack. He was a turf horse.
          http://tailsoftheottb.blogspot.com

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          • #45
            race records

            Originally posted by Seven-up View Post
            Semi-spinoff:

            For those of you who know, what were race records like for all of your guys and girls?
            Well.... it only stands to reason that most of our OTTBs weren't the top of the crop or else they'd be off in the breeding shed instead of at our farms, right!?

            That said, I've had a pretty varied lot:

            Paula's First: spent some time at track training but owners decided to get out of the game and pulled all their horses before she had a chance to run

            E. J. Wallace: won a couple of ungraded stakes races before he blew out a knee

            Dancers Charm: trained long enough to get her tat but flunked out of gate training so never raced

            the project horse I work with: earned over $100,000 from allowance & claiming races, then fractured a sesamoid (went back into training after successful surgery & rest but showed some soreness once he started breezing again, so his owners decided to pull the plug on his racing career while he was still okay)

            Salty's Actress: very short racing career, never really hit her full potential, ulcers held her back as track life didn't suit her -- trainer recognized this and let her go young

            Rasor D: ran mostly in the claiming ranks, very competitive at that level, still hitting the board and earning his keep right through age ten, earned over $200,000 lifetime

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            • #46
              I think Ted won about $5-6000K. So he sold for much less than he ever won.

              But hey, he's priceless now!
              www.specialhorses.org
              a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues

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              • #47
                Originally posted by jengersnap View Post
                Snort. Well, they can't all be great on the track, eh? Maybe they should have tried point to point with him.
                I don't know what point to point is, but unless the point has some food, some pretty flowers to munch, and a nice nap, my boy didn't really see the, well, point...

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                • #48
                  I don't know what I'd do without my OTTB! He has his flaws, but at the end of the day he is the only horse I ever want to ride. I got him on April Fool's Day when he was 5 years old, a few months after he was done racing. Ran 5 races, placed 3rd once and won $777 bucks. His grandpa is Affirmed, and he really didn't inherit any racing genes. But he took to his new hunter/jumper career very quickly! He never got overwhelmed, never tried anything 'stupid', and was always steady and honest to the jumps. His flatwork needed a LOT of help, but with conditioning he got it down pat! He is always excited to see me, and loves working! He loves going away to horse shows, is always calm, basically a point and shoot kind of guy. Just plods around the course like a pro, and jumps his heart out; even if I set him up horribly. He has saved me so many times, and he never gets frazzled or worried. If you give him a good uncomplicated ride he will win the hunters every time out. No Joke. I can't tell you how many times this past show season he would go out on the course, and we would flub a lead or cross canter to half the jumps and he would still beat the $200,000 WBs. And these were some nice sized classes, with some really really nice horses! Needless to say the other owners did NOT like him. He has a very long back, and needs to see a chiro quite often, and this year he had his first bout with Inflamitory Bowel Disease (IBD). Which caused him a LOT of discomfort, but he always tried his heart out. He was constantly colicing, laying down and rolling, streatching, and biting at his sides. He would on average colic a couple times a week, when he started to get really bad. And because of the IBD is made his body not able to absorb nutrients and fats as it should. So all of the weight that we had finally got on him was gone. Here is a picture of when he was admitted into MSU Click Here. Sad thing is that was the best he had looked in months; and he still looked like an Ethiopian. But, on days when he was feeling bad, and his stomach was really hurting him he still went out there and did his job the best he could. At finals he was colicy all weekend, and thus I could only show him in one class; and he won it, no warm-up or anything. Won Limit Hunter Champion by nearly a 100 point margin, and was nearly Grand Champion Hunter for the year on the circuit.
                  Crummy Jumping Pic lol, it's supposed to be in COTH, the issue with the circuit champions. But the photographer won't get back to me
                  He has had to go through a lot with his IBD treatment, 2 weeks into his 50 day steroid treatment he went off his grain. So we had to take him up to MSU and get him scoped and ultra-sounded again. Turns out the steroid treatment was too much for his stomach, and it gave him Grade 3 Ulcers. So we had to do a 30 day round of Gastro Guard (he had already went through the full treatment in June earlier this year...ughh) and mix it with the steroid treatment (which we had to completely restart) as to not upset his stomach. His last day of treatment this time around is Christmas Day. Here is a picture from just a few days ago, he's finally starting to gain a little weight! http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/6...82ebf9fqo8.jpg
                  And I Just started riding him again on Thanksgiving Day, that was the first time in over 3 months. I couldn't ride him while he was having all of his issues Even with all of his issues I still love him dearly. He is one expensive pony, but I wouldn't trade him for the world!

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                  • #49
                    Was that Alice Stack holding him for you?? she loves the OTTB's!

                    Love your guys story- and would love to meet him. I seem to love the OTTBs more then anything, and miss having them in the barn... so...

                    (I just got 2 more...oh dear!)

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                    • #50
                      Last November, one of my student's mothers asked me to find a show horse for her daughter for less than 2K.

                      I found a video of Three Tricks on YouTube and we literally picked him up from the Laurel Racetrack in MD without ever seeing him under saddle. He came home and was turned out for three months. Did I mention his new owner was a 13yo that had less than two years riding experience?

                      This horse has been a dream come true. The first two months back under saddle, she just trail rode and hacked bareback in a halter and lead-rope. After that, we started the ring work. He picks up on things so quickly. By June, he was w/t/c on the buckle and was started over fences. He has an automatic lead change and to this day *knock on wood* has never even offered to stop at a fence. In October, he beat some of the top Pleasure horses in Virginia and I can't wait to get him back in the show ring this year because his hack is now perfect. We're doing the 2'6" stuff with him this year at the locals and will hopefully move him up to 3' by the end of the year. He lopes down the line and does the numbers with ease. By 2010, I would like him to be doing the Small Jr. Hunters.
                      Attached Files
                      #JusticeForSunshine

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                      • #51
                        Here is my ottb doing what he truly does best. He is such a character.

                        http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...1126081531.jpg

                        http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...1214081156.jpg

                        He is my first ottb. I had always thought that I wouldn't be a good match because I am a bit of a worry wart. But I found one who has allowed me to become so much better of a rider and horseperson! I am so excited to actually DO SOMETHING with him this spring. He is just sitting, getting fat for the winter.

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                        • #52
                          Originally posted by annikak View Post
                          Was that Alice Stack holding him for you?? she loves the OTTB's!

                          Love your guys story- and would love to meet him. I seem to love the OTTBs more then anything, and miss having them in the barn... so...

                          (I just got 2 more...oh dear!)
                          Yepp she's been handling his case!

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                          • #53
                            This is my first OTTB. after we had him home (6 hours drive) and our vet came out to finish his vaccinations....my vet didnt know he was off the track at 8 yrs old....thought i was a complete nut for taking on such a horse.

                            I bought him after selling my fancy warmblood mare that had all the talent in the world but not enough brain for my liking. She was gorgeous but just couldnt get over herself sometimes.

                            After taking the winter off and just riding the ponies again I saw Storm Gulch listed on here. Since my love for ponies will never die...this guy looked JUST LIKE A PONY. My dad saw him and really liked him too. Within 2 weeks we were driving from New England to West Virginia, after he passed his PPE, with trailer in tow to see him for ourselves in person.

                            He was adorable and while not perfect....he was too cute. He has his pin-fire marks on his legs, but he was sound, and adorable and he had promise. So he came home with us that day.

                            I gave him a month off and lunged him once or twice a week for 10 min. It was amazing to see him go from a giddy thoroughbred with lots of energy to a horse you had to kick, spur, and use every ounce of your strength just to get him to trot.

                            Hes done his first show and out of three classes came home with 2 blues and 1 second. He loves his new life and his new job. You can take him ANYWHERE. He's a true joy to have in the barn.

                            Hes a real character. i had some neighbors who came down to the farm a month or two ago. They wanted to hop on a horse or two just to learn the basics because they where going yellowstone and riding there.

                            I was reluctant to use stormy...but funny enough...hes the biggest horse i have here. He toted my neighbors around who are COMPLETE begginners...like he was a well schooled lesson horse. He never did a thing wrong even when the bounciness of a beginner would scare the crap out of most. He never lets me down...and im truly blessed to have had this experience.

                            Here he is in all his glory:

                            http://s70.photobucket.com/albums/i9...=fall08008.jpg

                            http://s70.photobucket.com/albums/i9...t=IMG_1438.jpg

                            http://s70.photobucket.com/albums/i9...t=IMG_1432.jpg

                            http://s70.photobucket.com/albums/i9...t=IMG_1413.jpg

                            http://s70.photobucket.com/albums/i9...t=IMG_1399.jpg

                            http://s70.photobucket.com/albums/i9...t=IMG_1396.jpg

                            http://s70.photobucket.com/albums/i9...t=IMG_1383.jpg

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                            • #54
                              I got my first OTTB as a result of a thread posted on this site by Laurierace.

                              I can't say enough good things about Adelaide!!! She is an amazing horse, always a challenge to ride, so full of life and energy, seems to love her work,and LOVES her turnout with her buddies. It's just an all 'round pleasure to be a part of her life. She is by far my favourite horse out of the 8 I own(no offense to the others )
                              I was able to get pictures of her wins from the racetrack, and I also found some of her races on-line...very cool to see those.
                              I look forward to the time I get to spend with her, and I never feel discouraged or let down..she gives me 110% every time.

                              Lovely, lovely horse!

                              http://good-times.webshots.com/album/568425648NoVRty
                              "Anti-intellect and marketing, pretty, pretty, who needs talent
                              Crying eyes, we're so outnumbered, fight for the right to remain silent" Buck 65

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                              • #55
                                Keep posting pics! They're fabulous!
                                www.specialhorses.org
                                a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues

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                                • #56
                                  Originally posted by Seven-up View Post
                                  I don't know what point to point is, but unless the point has some food, some pretty flowers to munch, and a nice nap, my boy didn't really see the, well, point...
                                  (laughing) I guess you might know it as steeplechasing. I suppose eating the brush instead of jumping it would be detrimental though.

                                  Be and I did some christmas shots this week

                                  http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p...s%202008/2.jpg

                                  http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p...s%202008/7.jpg

                                  I just love my Chez-nut mare!

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                                  • #57
                                    Have to say I came back from a lesson on a rainy/icy day and I really love my ottb's Right now the weather sucks so we are trailering to the indoor and although the boys are turned out they are in the small sacrifice areas so not much room to get the sillies out. My instructor noted every single horse I bring is 5yrs old and under yet they are all so well behaved. No lunging and besides a few head tosses they go to work and no drama. There was even ice coming off the indoor but they just go around.

                                    My crew:
                                    2 CANTER MA boys.
                                    Indy's Wolf- 5yr tb and he is 15.2 h and can jump the moon! He has a bit of an issue with jumping as high as the standards as the pictures show I swear he does it to be a show off. He is such an all around guy and has been fox hunting, eventing, trail rides and the local h/j stuff in the 2'6" divisions. I am not sure why he has not sold yet but I am sure he will. I think he needs a kid or somebody who will appreciate his athleticism as much as I do.
                                    http://pets.webshots.com/photo/25139...58815717IHsbaG
                                    http://pets.webshots.com/photo/21889...58815717nFJFCo
                                    http://pets.webshots.com/photo/24385...58815717GhXqbW

                                    Dixie Rumble- 5 yr tb who came in as ugly as a horse can be. Well..no horse is really ugly but he is one you would have not given a second look. Now he is a 16.1 h big bodied beauty. He came in with confidence issues and now he is the ultimate fox hunter. I just sit there and point him and he does the job perfectly. I spent the spring/summer eventing him and doing all the local shows before finding that his true love was the fox hunting. He is a really awesome ride and subsitutes as my hubby's trail horse in between me riding him.
                                    Beginning- trust me it was even worse! http://pets.webshots.com/photo/25124...58815717rDQsXd
                                    getting there- http://pets.webshots.com/photo/25076...58815717zcjvUX
                                    Doesn't he just look like a fox hunter?
                                    http://pets.webshots.com/photo/23925...58815717xmeQDu


                                    Morethanalittle- a lovely 4yr that I have had for about 5-6 months. He came off the track and got to be a horse before arriving and he has been kicking some butt at BN eventing but is so quiet he could go around the hunter ring just as easily. Love him!
                                    http://pets.webshots.com/photo/28451...58815717RGATkV
                                    http://pets.webshots.com/photo/23968...58815717TCvLAE

                                    The we have THE BOPPUS..interesting name but it fits him. I bought him sight unseen off an internet ad and well he wasn't the most attractive horse I had ever seen but he has turned out to be so cool and taught me a whole other side of ottb's. He isn't one of the soft mouthed dainty guys he is a big iron horse so I had to sharpen my skills to fit his style. One of the quietest and most willing horses. I can pull him out of the field after a month of and just go. He has become my hubby's horse and I let my friends ride him. So far he has only done a few Bn's just b/c I have so many others to ride but he would do anything and he can jump! His brain is amazing..so smart and sensible.
                                    He really took to x-country
                                    http://pets.webshots.com/photo/22365...58815717GLofUZ

                                    http://pets.webshots.com/photo/27056...58815717vAnCoD

                                    I have had so many over the years but this is my current group. They are such lovely horses and just so smart and fun to work with and work around. I can honestly say I look forward to each ride and the progress they make is so quick.
                                    http://www.benchmarksporthorses.com/

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                                    • #58
                                      Sami and Sue. I love the little devils.

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                                      • #59
                                        Vernon never made it to a race, but he's tattooed. I don't know what came first, his lack of racehorseness (if that was even the case) or his owner's lack of funds that nearly had him on the meat truck!

                                        Anyway, if he doesn't self destruct in the next week as he finishes up his holiday vacation, it will be a very good thing. I am sorely missing riding him every day, as he is the most fun and most rewarding. The other horses I adore and love, but this little guy just makes me so happy.

                                        He also cracks my ass up. Today I undertook the rather cumbersome chore of filling up the boys' watertroughs. This requires the Mule, a big water tank, and a little bit of time. So, I go out into the hooligans' field (the hooligans being Vernon, Paco, and the BFG), and start filling the troughs. Stella the dog, who was riding shot gun, was sitting in the Mule, and the boys are all gathered round investigating, snuggling, and doing their thing. At one point I looked over and Vernon has his nose smashed up against the windshield of the Mule, just like a little kid does, steaming it up and making faces. I laughed so hard, I nearly fell down in the mud. He's such a comedian. He'll be happier once he's doing something again.
                                        Amanda

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                                        • #60
                                          Originally posted by up-at-5 View Post
                                          I got my first OTTB as a result of a thread posted on this site by Laurierace.

                                          I can't say enough good things about Adelaide!!! She is an amazing horse, always a challenge to ride, so full of life and energy, seems to love her work,and LOVES her turnout with her buddies. It's just an all 'round pleasure to be a part of her life. She is by far my favourite horse out of the 8 I own(no offense to the others )
                                          I was able to get pictures of her wins from the racetrack, and I also found some of her races on-line...very cool to see those.
                                          I look forward to the time I get to spend with her, and I never feel discouraged or let down..she gives me 110% every time.

                                          Lovely, lovely horse!

                                          http://good-times.webshots.com/album/568425648NoVRty

                                          I knew she looked dressage-y when I saw her go by on the track! She looks great!
                                          McDowell Racing Stables

                                          Home Away From Home

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