Racing season is coming to a close and hundreds, if not thousands are in need of new starts. Trainers are clearing their barns of unneeded and slow horses, and are desperately trying to find homes for them. If homes aren't found, the animals will be sent to slaughter.Living in the Houston area, our farm decided that we'd try to help a few of these guys, and paired up with a local OTTB rescue. We offered to hold four different OTTBs until they could be rehomed, and they came in today.
What we didn't know about the horses we were being brought though, was that only two of them were fresh OTTBs. The other two were OTTB broodmares...will foals. So, we now have six horses, instead of four.
I have to say. They're bad looking. Three of the four adults are in really rough shape, with cracked, long hooves, bite marks, and literally no fat on them. After a quick once-over; two were given a body condition score of two, one got a three, and the other is a four. We'll have their feet trimmed this week, and they were all vaccinated. They'll be quarentined for the entirety of their stay with us.
The BO has decided that he is willing to adopt one, possibly two of these guys, and we will train them for our own use as lesson horses, since we will be having to retire one of our mares soon. So, I want you guys to tell me what you think. I took loads of pictures, but not many of them are good for critique, since the foals haven't had handling at all, and the others haven't had human contact in quite a while. They all come from the same breeder/trainer, who had a small 'backyard' racing business. She went bankrupt, and wasn't able to feed or care for the animals, and so they were taken. I'll list as much as I can about each of them, and I'd like you guys to tell me what you think of there build (as much as you can see. I know the pictures arent good), and anything else that comes to mind.
Oh, I also need name ideas!
OTTB #1 - bay mare. 5 years old. Abcess caused by infection on face. Body score of 4. Guestimated 16.1-16.3hh. Extremely curiouse, appears to be very intelligent and alert. She was having fun knocking over a big blue barrel and putting it back up when I first went out. Seems to be built pretty solid, Off the track for less than two months.
OTTB #2 - brown gelding. 4 years old. Pretty scrubby looking, appears to be on the lower end of the pecking order, judging by the scars and scabs on his face/back. Seemed really detatched at first, but warmed up to me fairly quickly. Seems laid back, but a bit timid. Body score of three. Fairly short, maybe 14.3-15 hh
Broodmare #1) Body score of two. Estimated 10-12 years old. Was the first to approach me, seems very bold and sweet. Had no problem with me messing with her colt. Doesn't appear to have very good conformation, but this may be due to how thin she is. Will hopefully gain weight once her foal is weaned; we may be weaning him early if she doesn't improve. 15.2-15.3hh