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    01-06-2013, 06:13 PM
A few horses that I have been considering...

Horse 1:
He is a 4yo OTTB who was retired from racing for laryngeal hemiplegia which was corrected by a surgeon through “tie-back” surgery as charity so he could come find a new career. His breathing is fine now and should never be an issue. Finn does make a slight noise which is a deduction in dressage and hunters, although he is physically sound to do any of them. This is why he is best suited for jumpers and pleasure riding.

Finn Again - YouTube

Horse 2:
He is 7yo OTTB who suffered an injury to his ankle that was nearly imploding. He was moved off the track and received necessary medical attention. Once he stabilized, he was transferred back to where his racing training initially began as a yearling in Ocala with Eisaman Equine. They cared for him for over a year while he was turned out to play in the sun and grass allowing his ankle to undergo the process of fusing.

Hey Byrn - YouTube

Horse 3:
He is a 8yo Standardbred, he is easy to tack and drive, as well as to load and ship to the races. He was given to the rescue when his elderly owner had a stroke an passed. The owners son shared about how the horse loved children and would reach down low over the gate to let them hug his face.

Brazen Flash - YouTube

The last horse is just really sweet looking : )
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    01-07-2013, 08:06 AM
Horse 1 - A very handsome boy. Nice shoulder, good steep rump for jumping, hocks look a little high, tied behind the knee, very fine pasterns. Looks low in the heel on the hind legs. Kind eye. Would probably make a nice jumper.

Horse 2 - I'm wary of any horse with such a past injury, but it all depends on what you want to do with him. He's not quite as nice as #1, though he has a better shoulder. Slightly uphill, looks like he could be hard to fit a saddle to. Quite small in the back end. Tied behind the knee though not as badly as #1.

Horse 3 - Good on you for not counting him out even though he's not exactly pretty! Could use some muscling, obviously. Camped out, tied behind the knee, not the best shoulder. Croup is set back too far.
    01-07-2013, 09:44 AM
Green Broke
Of the horses shown I like 2 the best. However, I would not touch #2 if I was going to really use him for anything.. because even a trail horse needs to be able to absrob shock in their ankle. Watch the video and see at the trot how he reaches further under himself with his left hind as well as how he moves his right knee to compensate for the stiff ankle. I could see back trouble at some point.

I had a horse with an osselet like that.. and forget jumping at all.. although I did train him to quite a high level in dressage. The ankle limited what he could do and it WILL limit what this horse can do. Number two is built uphill and really might make a good dressage horse.. but that ankle.. W/O the ankle issue I could see that #2 horse doing eventing and doing well. With the ankle? Not much.. of anything.. really. Too bad.

I like #1 but not as much as #2. Number 1 is a bit down hill. He does not travel straight in front. He has a saved patch on his neck from either an IV or a blood draw. It may have just been for coggins (though I never shaved a horse for a Coggins blood draw). He has a much freeer movement than number 2. I have known a lot of OTTB's who roared and they were fine. This horse might be fine doing other things. He is quite athletic.

#3.. well there is a clear example of a Roman Nose. His head is very large for his body and I do not like his over angulated hind legs. He has a wobble in his hocks on the hills (both up and down). His right hock especially rotates as he walks over it.. in fact it looks like he may have a stifle issue (I had a horse that moves like that after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his stifle.. NOT saying this horse has that injury.. just there are rear end issues that may or may not improve with proper work).
    01-07-2013, 10:02 AM
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^^^^ Agree with Elana on all counts, she has pretty much said it all so nothing to add
    01-07-2013, 10:33 AM
Thanks for the help and advice
    01-07-2013, 11:28 AM
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Dispite being a bit unfortunate looking, I just can't get over that third geldings face xD its adorable!
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    01-07-2013, 11:35 AM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
Dispite being a bit unfortunate looking, I just can't get over that third geldings face xD its adorable!
I know he does have a sweet face and a good personality
    01-07-2013, 02:33 PM
I am no conformation expert so will leave that to others (and I see you already have Elana, so you're set! ) -BUT- I am a casual racing fan, and was so surprised to see Hey Byrn in your list. I absolutely remember him making some noise on the Triple Crown trail back in 2008. Here are a few articles about his 3-year old racing career:


He's one of those horses I always wondered about after the Triple Crown, and I just loved seeing his name pop up here.

I don't want to start a debate about racing, but it always amazes me that when looking OTTBs, you actually do have the opportunity to run into some really classy racehorses looking for a new home. At some point in the future, I definitely hope to have one!
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    01-07-2013, 07:53 PM
Green Broke
If he had not blown that ankle.......

(and it looks like I still know how to pick 'em!)
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    01-07-2013, 09:38 PM
Originally Posted by Elana    
If he had not blown that ankle.......

(and it looks like I still know how to pick 'em!)
Ha! Elana- you do have the eye. Now, if he hadn't blown the ankle, I guess he probably wouldn't be up for adoption. But I suppose you never know.

The evil part of me is thinking...huh, I certainly am never going to jump a horse, and all I do is putter around a few times a week, just what this horse needs for his new "career." I've been dreaming of an OTTB with a cool race history my whole life, maybe he should come live with ME! Just kidding Scuba, I certainly don't need another horse right now, and would never do that to someone...

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