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My new OTTB

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  • My new OTTB

    Well, I brought home the newest attempt at getting back in the saddle after literally 20 years last night and this one appears to be a keeper. I am a former B pony clubber, but now fat and middle aged (working hard at the fat part so I can event again) can't do anything about the middle aged that needed a tolerant kind soul to get me going again. I had tried a full draft and a half draft because of my weight, and felt sorry even getting on this guy and expected him to feel like a 2 x 4 but actually he felt quite good and he was much more interested in trotting than I was even after several trots, so the weight must not have been bothering him. He loves his peppermints and a good face rub. Really skinny, they wormed him with Quest in May and he literally almost died, so we have some work to do there, but I should have him fat and shiny within a few months. I may even take him hound walking next week, something I have never done. He's tattooed, but from what I can tell, never won any money if he raced at all.

  • #2
    Whats his name???

    And Congrats!!!!

    "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


    • #3
      Well, that is just awesome!! OTTBs are the BEST and I am happy for you and for your new pony!! I too am middle aged and not as skinny as I once was (ha ha) and my OTTB packs me around like nobodys business. Happy trails to you!
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      • #4
        I swore up and down after the one I had as a kid (not bad, just more horse than I was ready for when we got him) no more OTTBs. When I decided to buy a horse again, guess what I got?

        What's your boy's name? And yes, sometimes they're scruffy-looking for a while. It gets better. (Then you can whine about sunbleaching. Lucky's a BLOOD bay, I swear..not burnt toast brown.)
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        • Original Poster

          His JC name is Award Night, by Academy Award. I'll get some pictures later today.

          Dentist/vet coming this afternoon. He is having great difficulty eating hay. Chews and chews and then at least half the time, a big wad will fall out of his mouth after he acts somewhat like it is stuck..........they said they had had his teeth done about 6 mos ago but we shall see. When I stuck my hand in everything feels VERY smooth, so I am hoping someone didn't take a power grinder to him and smooth him to the point where he can't chew things up...........I really am concerned he may be a hay cube guy and I don't know if I can afford that.

          On a good note, i rode him for the second time today and cantered. On purpose. LOL. He picked it right up, and actually it was probably better than trotting. he was a star again.



          • #6
            Wow 17 years young. Good for you!

            Funny how in my OTTB implies youth. Though I know logically it doesn't absolutely mean that.

            Well hopefully the dentist will have some relief for him. Senior horses teeth are very crucial to attend to.

            "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


            • #7
              And a grandson of Secretariat....


              • #8
                I found my way back into the saddle after a 20 year hiatus on the backs of some OTTBs, and one of them became my first horse. Now I swear they are the only breed for me. Beauty, athleticism, tons of try and they really like their people. Marvelous critters, OTTBs.
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                • Original Poster

                  I had the good dentist here come and work on his teeth. Went for a third ride today and he was definitely more energetic but still a good boy. If someone will tell me how to attach pictures, I took a few today.


                  • #10

                    You can upload the pics to a online photo gallery like Flickr, Picassa or Photobucket and then share the link here.

                    We'd all LOVE to see the grand guy!!

                    "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


                    • Original Poster

                      pictures of the new horse


                      I uploaded them to photobucket, but it doesn't appear to have come through as a live link............. I guess copy and paste.