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post #1 of 11 Old 12-29-2011, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on my Ottb gelding

Here is Frank my new project. He is a 6 yr ottb gelding who of the horses that I looked at possessed a spark about him. I know he is long in the back which will make it hard for collection I am hoping to get to intermediate. What are your thoughts. Here is his pedigreee
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-31-2011, 02:10 PM
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Oooh he'd be welcome in my barn :) He just screams athlete!
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-31-2011, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Eliz, I am super excited to bring him home. He must be pretty special when I was messaged on FB by his exercise rider from 3 years ago telling me what a great boy he was. I think he is going to take to eventing like a duck in water.

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post #4 of 11 Old 12-31-2011, 03:41 PM
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My first thought..... HE WAS BORN TO RUN

He looks like a fun ride!! I would take him in a minute.
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-31-2011, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Taffy - He is classically breed and was raised and trained up right. I am excited to bring him home in the coming month.

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Eh, to be honest I'm not that impressed with him, no offense.

I don't like his long back, nor the way his neck ties in so low at his chest. I'm also not thrilled about his cannon:forearm ratio, and his pasterns turn me off a little, it just looks like he'll be putting more stress on his tendons/ligaments. I've seen nicer off the track horses. I think he could do fine, not sure if he'd stay sound enough to be ridden consistently at the intermediate level in the future, but hey you might prove me wrong.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-03-2012, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Strange I appreciate and respect your opinons. As for his soundness, I have spoke to people involved with Frank since he started racing and in the 6 years he ran he never had a soundness issue, never pin fired nothing so I believe he will be able to hold up to eventing. I am not looking at becoming the next Karen O'Connor I just want to compete maybe once a month and work up the levels, he has a fantastic dispostion and a great try and I am hoping that it will overcome any conformational shortcomings. But if he doesn't seem to be able to be an upper level horse then he would still make a great pony club horse to learn off of and that is ok with me to.
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I rode him in Lexington Kentucky in 08. What a character!!!
I believe that he is a very special horse. I would take him as an eventer any day!!! I was just talking about him a few days ago.
I'm soooo glad somebody good has him. Who was his rider thy you spoke to? I probably rode with them too.

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It was Amanda tambula (something like that) and I have also been in contact with his former trainer Chris dorris. Anything I should know about him what is he like to ride. I can't wait for him to come home!
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I know Chris, but not Amanda. He was very playful as a colt. He had lot of enthusiasm and was the only one that had to have an escort to the track from the barn -lol. He never did anything nasty to a rider in the 6 months I was with him. He'd give little bucks in a playing nature from time to time but was easy to stop. He had to be in front of the group always.
I really think he has the smarts, heart and enthusiasm to do anything you'll ask him to do. Keep it interesting for him. I really wish u the best of luck - he is a special horse - he was my favorite of the 40 we had in training. Last I saw him was mid 2008, so I hope he is still much the same horse I knew.

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