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        07-24-2011, 10:57 AM
      #21
    Showing
    You're sure letting him out of his stall is a good idea? He looks absolutely vicious!
         
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        07-24-2011, 11:02 AM
      #22
    Weanling
    I think you're absolutely CRAZY for letting that EVIL horse get so close to your son! Did you see how he almost ate his head??

    What a gorgeous horse. This is a true example of what can happen when a horse finds a person that will look past the stereotype and love it for the animal it is. I'm a firm believer that PEOPLE cause the stereotype... if all OTTBs are crazy, it's because they, themselves, had a horrible experience with one. When I was younger, I had a very bad experience with a Standardbred stallion - he was notoriously anxious and when I walked past his stall, he snaked his head toward me and grabbed me by the shoulder of my sweatshirt. When he made contact, he tried dragging me toward him. If that was my only experience with the breed, I'd assume all were horrible, evil horses. Luckily, I ended up working with Standardbreds and I found that he was the exception - the majority of the horses are very sweet and docile, even as 'hot' racehorses.

    Kudos for seeing past the stereotype and allowing this lovely animal to flourish!
         
        07-24-2011, 11:11 AM
      #23
    Banned
    Uh...that was a scary story, Courtney.

    That would've freaked me out big time!

    You are brave to ever even go NEAR a horse again after that....totally scary stuff.


    Beau is such a monster...
    Our evil ex BO actually warned us daily that Beau was going to kill us, that he was dangerous. She even warned my hubby on moving day that she was concerned this horse was dangerous and was going to kill his family. Of course that had nothing to do with the fact she tried to buy this horse from us and we refused... lol.
         
        07-24-2011, 11:17 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Beauseant    
    Me, too, macpack and corino.

    When my son said he wanted the gray OTTB, I was astonshed and horrified. I actually tried to talk him out of it. MY logic then was "But he is one of THEM..... a TB" GASP. The next line that followed was "You KNOW how they are". When in fact, we KNEW nothing.

    I tried to get him interested in a black and white paint the horse dealer had for sale...

    He persisted. It was his birthday present and he wanted the gray OTTB....

    Reluctantly, I agreed. Boy, was I scared.

    Now, looking back on it, I shudder to think how much we would have missed out on had we not bought him.....
    Oh my gosh - that is our story to the letter. Aero, too, was a birthday present for my DD. We had gone to look at a different horse, but as we were getting out of our car the first thing DD saw was this big, bay horse in a paddock with three other horses (turns out they had arrived the night before, having been bought out of the kill pen at the auction). She said, "That one" -- we looked at every horse they had, but she kept coming back to that one. They chose each other, really, I don't know how else to put it. I tried every thing I could to interest her in any horse but that one, lol, and - like you - I look back now and thank my lucky stars they knew better than I did.
         
        07-24-2011, 12:24 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    What a cute video! I actually recently wrote a 23 page essay as an argument against horse racing. Unfortunately, I did own one ottb that was just a bad egg. She turned me off from the breed for a while, but as time went by, I began to feel pity for her more than anything. To add another strike against their already bad situation, most of the tb's around here are bought by big hunter/jumper barns where they are quickly beaten and forced into submission (not saying all hunter/jumper barns are bad- don't kill me for saying this, but many around my area are not good at all). Then, when the horse reacts out of fear and pain, it is said that this is just because they are a crazy tb. Since my incident with my ottb mare however, I have met many that are very sweet- even leased one over the winter who turned out to be a total lovebug :) I just think that it is really sad that the racing industry even exists today...it just creates so many excess horses that have no place to go :(
         
        07-24-2011, 12:29 PM
      #26
    Trained
    I absolutely, and always will - LOVE LOVE LOVE OTTB's. Thoroughbreds just have that special something inside of them, that makes them those amazing companions and mounts.

    They always have, and will continue to, rule the sport of Eventing because of how much "pop and spark" they have in their hearts.

    My boy is a TB who once raced on the track, he's 22 now and still going strong. I've had TB's pretty much since I bought my first horse, and I will always continue to have TB's.

    My next horse, I am going to go through New Vocations to get - I am that attached to TB's.
         
        07-24-2011, 12:54 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Maybe I missed out on something.
    I always thought that TB's were great horses.
    This video confirms my idea.
    I just never bought one; maybe I will now. I guess I'd better hold off a while until I have some time to put into a new horse.
         
        07-24-2011, 12:56 PM
      #28
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Celeste    
    Maybe I missed out on something.
    I always thought that TB's were great horses.
    This video confirms my idea.
    I just never bought one; maybe I will now. I guess I'd better hold off a while until I have some time to put into a new horse.
    There are a lot of people out there who believe that TBs, specifically those who have been on the track, are crazy, dangerous animals.
         
        07-24-2011, 12:58 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    I have seen so many wonderful ones over the years.
         
        07-24-2011, 01:06 PM
      #30
    Super Moderator
    I love this thread. It is so POSITIVE!! So unlike most other threads.
         

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