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post #1 of 7 Old 08-16-2010, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my new OTTB

Hey guys!

I'm going to start a journal so I stop crowding up the boards with my posts! However, I wanted to post this here because I am looking for a serious critique on my new girl.

I had fully intended to show up with nice conformation photo's, but Stormy had other ideas about that! I don't know if the horse has ever stood square in her life, and it was definitely something I should have attempted with a helper. As i won't be able to receive any help for awhile, these will have to do for now.

Before Stormy, I had decided to just ride for pleasure. Mainly western riding, trails, and backyard fun. Since i've had her, something about her has made my heart ache for dressage and fences. It's crazy because I never saw myself returning to serious English riding. I feel like i'm in a foreign country in the English saddle, so i've signed myself up for a few refresher lessons at a local show barn. I haven't popped over a fence in years.

Now, granted, Stormy is an OTTB. She's got her quirks, and i'm learning more about her every single day. I want to hear what you think of her, what you find for flaws, and what you think she'll excel at. I know any horse can do dressage, but not every horse can jump - or jump well at any rate.

Just in the week i've had her, she has shown considerable improvement in many ways. I'll write more about that in the journal thread i'm going to start.

*I think one of the problems with her today was that she just had shoes removed a few days ago and I think she's kind of ouchy - she didn't want to stand still at all! Please do what you can with the photo's, between her moving around (I don't have cross ties) and the camera trying to battle the dark barn, we had a hard time.*

Her registered name is Stormy Cassette. Here is her pedigree. She stands 16.2 hands (she measured 16.3 the first time, operator error somewhere there lol).






(Ignore the four wheeler that has taken up residence in my barn - i'm not sure what the guys enjoy more - tearing apart the four wheeler, or annoying me by doing so in my space)



Some in work!

First day of work:



Most recent - less than a week - keep in mind she's fresh off the track:





The only thing i'm doing with her now is mainly groundwork, learning her manners, teaching her she *can* walk and trot nicely, we don't have to be uptight all the time, there is another gait besides gallop, etc. I just want to know what you all think of her confo and how she moves now. I haven't got recent pictures, she's learning the cues for walk/trot/whoa. Today she didn't even break into the canter once, which is a HUGE huge huge improvement - again, more on that in my soon-to-come journal!

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-16-2010, 06:51 PM
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She's got good lines on her dam's side. Granddaughter of Storm Bird (6 starts, 5 wins, son of Northern Dancer & Champion 2-yr-old in the UK & ireland! & sire of Storm Cat)
Her great-great-grandsire is New Providence (Canadian Triple Crown winner ;) Love that lol
As for her confo...Her back feet do seem slightly turned out & she looks sickle-hocked...I like the looks of her other than that... nice looking movements too.

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She's got good lines on her dam's side. Granddaughter of Storm Bird (6 starts, 5 wins, son of Northern Dancer & Champion 2-yr-old in the UK & ireland! & sire of Storm Cat)
Her great-great-grandsire is New Providence (Canadian Triple Crown winner ;) Love that lol
As for her confo...Her back feet do seem slightly turned out & she looks sickle-hocked...I like the looks of her other than that... nice looking movements too.
I love that she's out of Storm Bird, i knew who he was right away when i saw that!

I did a lot of research, trying to find pictures and such. I came across an article about her Dam showing up in the kill pen at auction, and the horse rescue Another Chance 4 Horses pulled her out to try to find her a home. There was no update to the article, and no date on it to begin with. So sad :( No idea if she got a home or not, and i'm guessing Stormy was one of, if not the last, of her foals.

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-16-2010, 08:01 PM
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THats always sad. Unfortunately alot of TB's/exracehorses end up at slaughter.
War Emblem (2002 Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner) was once headed for slaughter in Japan, where he stood stud (eventually)because he was having trouble breeding & Ferdinand (Horse of the year, Kentucky derby winner, 2nd in preakness & 3rd in Belmont) was sent to slaughter in 2002 in japan.

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im not a pro, but i would talk to your farrier about building up her heels. since you are going to want to be jumping..or riding for that matter, having underrun heels puts a lot of pressure on the joints. i noticed in her right hind it looks more severe, but it could have been the angles. just my two cents :) and i realize the hoof problems aren't completely your fault, since she just came off the track.
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She's a cutie. Her right front leg kind of sticks out sideways a little and she's a bit sickle hocked. On the good side, she has a nice uphill build and looks like she has good gaits. She'd probably do great at dressage. If she likes to jump, maybe try eventing with her. Is she barefoot by the way? I didn't think there was a TB on the planet who could go barefoot.

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She's a cutie. Her right front leg kind of sticks out sideways a little and she's a bit sickle hocked. On the good side, she has a nice uphill build and looks like she has good gaits. She'd probably do great at dressage. If she likes to jump, maybe try eventing with her. Is she barefoot by the way? I didn't think there was a TB on the planet who could go barefoot.
We're about to find out if she can, at least for now. Her feet need some work, i just got her. We're gonna attempt barefoot before ruling it out. I prefer it. She was sound today at the walk/trot on grass. They took her shoes off at the track before we got her - not sure why or if that's a normal practice. She saw the farrier a few days ago, and we opted to try to keep her barefoot as she's doing so well. She was more antsy than normal while i was trying to take the pics so i thought maybe she was a bit sore, though she showed no signs besides not standing still. Could be she just wanted to "follow" me when i stepped back to take pics.

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