Today I found an ad in Craigs list for an OTTB and from the pics it REALLY needs help. Thoroughbred Horse needs a good home with tlc
I have been thinking of trying to swing board for a 2nd horse and picking the poor guy up. He may make a decent dressage horse in the future, he may not but my heart is really being tugged by this guy to the point that I've even been more serious about trying to sell Cinny in order to help the Gray.
I want HONEST opinions and advice. I DO have a trainer now to help me when the horse is fit. The guy says kids used to ride it around the yard...but he also said he himself just picked up the horse YESTERDAY, so it seems fishy. The trainer I will be working with has experience with OTTB rescues of this type. So the professional help is there for me.
As for getting the guy fit again..... what will it entail? Where he will be boarded he will have access to free choice brome all day as well as fed a couple flakes at night and in the morning. I'm assuming that he will need to be slowly introduced to having so much food available to him though so he doesn't founder, am I right? Also, I"m thinking he will need other groceries such as grains, probios, wormer, etc.
For those of you who have put weight back on a horse at this condition, how much did it cost you per month in groceries? What kind of bills am I looking at? I do NOT want to jump into this blindly.
I'm guessing that this horse will only be able to handle ground work until at least December at the soonest. I do understand he is not a horse I can just hop on and ride.
I am going to LOOK at him tomorrow or Sunday as he is still at the track here in Lincoln. The guy who has him and is trying to rehome him is a Jockey. I know I don't want to pay 500 for him, but I have a feeling if this guy isn't just trying to flip him for a profit I can probably get him talked way down.