Join Date: May 2010
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
My boy is only 4 months off the track, and has been a dream to have. I've only ridden him twice as he's been "coming down" so to speak. In fact, he only learned how to graze 2 weeks ago! Yes, that's right...he didn't know how to graze. He'd just stand in the pasture and watch the horses in the next pasture. It finally "clicked" and he started gaining weight very well. He's finally at a weight where I'd consider riding him a few times a week lightly. (I taped him at 994 lbs yesterday when I wormed him...he's come up almost 200 lbs)
If you are interested in her OTTB, it can be a GREAT mix. My boy is 7, ran for 5 years, but was owned by his trainer, who took things slow and easy and as a result, he was never injured. His legs are clean, fracture free, and the tendons are fine. He does have an ulcer, though, and is treated with 10 zantac pills a day (crushed and added to his feed). Once we started treating him for the ulcer the weight gain picked up and he's just taken off. He's a GREAT boy. I love him dearly. Since I have limited XC experience, I'll have our trainer take him and work with him for me over the XC fences before I start working on them. So, if you want this guy, that might be an option as well: have her spend a significant amt of time training him XC before you start on him.
GL in what ever you decide!