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        04-03-2011, 08:57 PM
    She isn't wild at all, you hit the nail on the head by saying that she looks curious because that is what the trainer told me. She is a little pushy but that isn't anything we can't work through. My BLM mustang is super pushy and that is something that we still have to work on occasionally, lol like today. Number one is the most athletic out of the three and is still currently racing on the grass and is still making money. She has only ever come in last once and that was in a five horse race. She is only five years old and is owned, bred and trained by the same person which I really like. He is excessively picky about the home he lets her retire into which I have no doubt that I have the perfect home.

    I really appreciate everyone's feedback. This is going to be my first OTTB and I plan on keeping him/her for life like I do with my other equines. I want to make sure I make the right choice and it is always helpful to hear other people's input.
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        04-03-2011, 09:05 PM
    Lol here are a few more photos of her face. I don't think her eyes are that wild personally.
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        04-04-2011, 03:31 AM
    Haha, I was clicking through to get to the end to make a comment and before reading what anyone was saying I was going to comment on the first horse's expression.

    Not that that's necessarily something you can judge a horse by but there is def a "nervous" sort of expression that she gives off -- as opposed to a "soft, kind eye." Not "wild" persay but def a nervous vibe / look.

    I like the second mare the best by far. The third had a very extreme body type and there was something weird with her neck/shoulders but I'm sure someone more experienced has already commented on that that I missed.

    #2 looked lovely though and is the one I would check out.
        04-04-2011, 01:55 PM
    Tell you the truth. I don't like any of them.
        04-04-2011, 02:00 PM
    If they were the only three horses available I guess I would go with #1. Otherwise I would say keep looking. (Though there is nothing wrong with going out and looking at them.)
        04-04-2011, 02:28 PM
    Good for you getting a horse from CANTER! I adopted my OTTB from CANTER and support their efforts to help retiring racers find new jobs.

    Remember: what you see when you see a nearly retired racer, especially the ones on CANTER, is often one that isnt feeling too good. They are generally underweight and over-raced, and not happy being in stalls 23 hours a day. You will find that you have a very different horse in a couple months, and in a year, you won't believe the difference.

    I find it curious that if a horse is winning on grass, why they would want to retire it. That is odd, unless there has been some kind of injury. Did you read the report of her last race?

    Number two looks scrawny now, but with the right diet, top line work, and TLC, has a lot of potential. If she is ponying horses, that is an excellent sign about her abilities.

    Someone should report the owner of #3 for neglect. I cannot believe how bad her feet look. Seriously, you may want to let the track vet know.

    You cant' go wrong with #1 or #2 in my opinion. Good luck and let us know what you decide!

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