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  • OTTB's are like Gremlins.

    OTTB's are like gremlins. They multiply when you get them wet. It has rained a great deal here this year and before summer's out I'm going to have a feild of bays. I swore I would only get two. Well I now have multiple waiting to finish their careers and come play on the farm and two already here. I am such a sucker. Two here and seven finishing up at the track and all of them are bay.

  • #2
    "Passion without knowledge is a runaway horse."


    • #3
      I tried having all my horses be the same color so my husband wouldn't be able to tell if I added to the herd. Unfortunately, he can also count, so my plan was foiled!

      Congrats and good luck with all the pending new additions!


      • #4
        Originally posted by mkevent View Post
        I tried having all my horses be the same color so my husband wouldn't be able to tell if I added to the herd. Unfortunately, he can also count, so my plan was foiled!
        Ya gotta rotate turnout only putting out the # he thinks you have, silly!
        Yo/Yousolong April 23rd, 1985- April 15th, 2014



        • #5
          Yes... I'm collecting chestnuts with a blaze on my farm.
          Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
          Witherun Farm


          • #6
            It would appear that I'm in the same boat. I took on a TB in March to keep Clumpy company.
            On Saturday afternoon another TB is arriving to keep the first one company. Without planning it; all my horses have been dark bay or black. There must be a clique somewhere I should sign up for...


            • #7
              Ive only ever owned bay ottbs.. i keep saying the next one will be chestnut but that has yet to happen
              MIDWAY SOCCER 08' First Season!!!!!!


              • #8
                Originally posted by mkevent View Post
                I tried having all my horses be the same color so my husband wouldn't be able to tell if I added to the herd. Unfortunately, he can also count, so my plan was foiled!

                Congrats and good luck with all the pending new additions!
                Okay, it does help if they are all the same color. Here's how it goes:

                Me: (move existing horse to new field)
                DH: Is that a new horse out there?
                Me: No, that's X, he's been on the farm 6 years.
                THEN rotate in new horse, same color.
                This will help to deter those excessive head counts.


                • #9
                  my husband must be very obtuse.

                  I have three grey horses.

                  One is a silver/white grey. One is a blue grey. One is a rose grey.

                  He cannot tell them apart and routinely asks me which one "that one" is. I've had them all for over four years now.

                  I am pretty sure I could get a few more grey ones and he'd never notice!

                  BTW, I like bay OTTB's so feel free to send one my way!
                  "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
                  The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


                  • #10
                    Never feed them after midnight! No matter how much they whine

                    I have 2 currently.. one of my best friends runs a lay up farm and I just walk down the isle like "you'll be mine soon, I'll take YOU, are you done racing yet??"

                    I'm afraid what's going to happen at the end of the season.. i've been wanting to own my first OTTB mare.
                    http://www.clarkdesigngrouparchitects.com/index.html - Lets build your dream barn


                    • #11
                      I can't wait to start my collection. I've been drooling over one for months-I just know he wants to come learn eventing with me. Sadly I still have a very small part of my brain smart enough to say "no...you're about to start grad school and you're going to be very poor". Of course then the rest of my brain responds with "so? student loans will tide you over until you graduate and get an amazing job! hellooo" The voices in my head are exhausting!


                      • #12
                        This is why it is good I do not have my own land.
                        a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues


                        • #13
                          OTTBs multiple faster than rabbits and are, generally, more expensive to keep. Bays are terrific. I had a number of chestnut OTTBs at one time. While my husband can count he still has a hard time figuring out who's who at times.
                          Susan B.


                          • Original Poster

                            I have also discovered that once they arrive on the farm they try to camoflage themselves by rolling in the largest mud hole they can find. They are like little kids in easter clothing. "If we cover ourselves well enough she won't be able to tell which one of us to bring in and we'll all get to stay out. "
                            Its hilarious to see them race each other to the mud pit at turn out. I don't know if I would notice if someone snuck a chestnut after the mud bathes.
                            All but one are dark bay/browns and he is a blood bay and the lone <16.2h. I have discovered trainers at the track are enablers too. I have one that buys horses to race he thinks will make good sport horses later for me to bring home. I received pictures yesterday of the newest addition that I purchased without even knowing it. 17h dark bay 4yr old gelding Some trainers will even sneak horses on your trailer before you can leave the track.
                            Last edited by smilton; Aug. 7, 2009, 10:49 AM.


                            • #15
                              Oh you guys are making me miss my OTTBs! I better fill that last stall with a boarder real soon or I may have a Gremlin in my midst!!!


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by 2foals View Post
                                Okay, it does help if they are all the same color. Here's how it goes:

                                Me: (move existing horse to new field)
                                DH: Is that a new horse out there?
                                Me: No, that's X, he's been on the farm 6 years.
                                THEN rotate in new horse, same color.
                                This will help to deter those excessive head counts.
                                Hahaha, that's hilarious!!!
                                What I do is this : when I add a new horse to the herd, I don't mention it to my spouse. Then, *if* he notices a new horse(it's a BIG if) I look at him like he is nuts, and say "geez, I've had that horse for YEARS!!!! I'm shocked that you haven't noticed before now!"
                                Then he thinks we've had it all along, and is not concerned anymore lol
                                "Anti-intellect and marketing, pretty, pretty, who needs talent
                                Crying eyes, we're so outnumbered, fight for the right to remain silent" Buck 65


                                • #17
                                  I have gone from one OTTB to three in a few months . My first one is dark bay with a star, so I thought it would be easy to sneak #2 in since he is also dark bay with a star. Well, that worked for about 10 minutes until DH looked out the window and saw two dark bays with a star looking at him over the fence . Whoops, I didn't think about that part.
                                  My third one was a lot easier to bring home; we applied for Ag Tax and were told that we needed one more horse to qualify so DH told me to start shopping. Ummmm... okay! So I got a 3 y.o. from CANTER Delaware. Unlike the other two, he is a grey roan, which I swore I would never get again after owning a few grey dirt balls. Oh well. I LOVE my OTTBs!


                                  OTTB #2



                                  • #18
                                    I am eagerly awaiting getting my own land so my OTTB can multiply...
                                    Only have one at the moment, (have had as many as 3 at once-which sucks cause I board). I was going with the ones with plain bay wrappers...

                                    There is a pretty grey I am considering, as my WB is grey-But I don't think my husband is dense enough to mistake a grey thoroughbred mare for a grey warmblood gelding. I pay the pony bills, so if he did'nt see them, he would'nt know...right? Until he wonders why I have 3 sets of horse clothes...

                                    After years of dealing with warmbloods, I think I am going to go back to my first love. I am fortunate that my WB is 1/2 thoroughbred and tends to think like one. Unfortunatly he has all that warmblood size to throw behind his tantrums.

                                    Cannot wait to start collecting.....
                                    "The Friesian syndrome... a mix between Black Beauty disease and DQ Butterfly farting ailment." Alibi_18


                                    • #19
                                      Catalina, I love how horse #1 and #2 have opposite leg markings. They're ALL lovely!
                                      "I was not expecting the park rangers to lead the resistance, none of the dystopian novels I read prepared me for this but cool."


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by see u at x View Post
                                        Catalina, I love how horse #1 and #2 have opposite leg markings. They're ALL lovely!
                                        Thanks! Yea, the opposite leg markings are a bit of a give away too .