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post #1 of 10 Old 08-20-2012, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on finding new home for wonderful OTTB

Hey there folks--we have a beautiful and sweet 11 yr OTTB gelding we purchased as our first horse a year ago for our 14yr old daughter. He is 16 hands, and wouldn't you know she grew 3 inches in the past year and is too tall for him (5'9"!). He is great on the flat and a beautiful mover; we bought him as a hunter jumper but its not his thing--he gets anxious and tense over fences, despite being a beautiful jumper. He needs an experienced rider who is fine w flat work, maybe wants to teach him some dressage moves, but doesn't intend to show at HJ shows. He is good on the ground, good w vet/farrier/loading. He is a sweet gentle soul who needs new job with a shorter rider. Because of his anxiety over fences and at shows, and our inexperience in the horse biz, I am at a loss on how to repurpose/relocate him. Thanks for any advice or guidance! We live in North Carolina.
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-20-2012, 04:03 PM
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It would be very helpful if you state where you're located. We have posters from all over the world here.

I don't think someone at 5'9" is too tall for a 16 h horse, but the other issues do appear to make him unsuitable for an inexperienced rider.

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-20-2012, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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oops - we live in NC-- My daughter's legs are a mile long, they just aren't a good fit (see picture--she feels like a giant on him, whether real or imagined:) and she is actually a very experienced rider -- thanks for pointing out my omission of location!
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-20-2012, 04:07 PM
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you could always ask your farrier or vet if they can spread the word that you are selling to find a horse more suitable to your needs

You could ask to put up for sale signs up in tack/feed stores

Make an online ad for him and ads on your local horse clubs

You could also try listing him as a trade since you want something suitable for other purposes maybe someone is in the same boat as you but in the opposite manner with not enough horse and is to easy to jump...

Those are just some starters
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-20-2012, 04:13 PM
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Kait had some good suggestions.

Some TBs can be very talented at jumping, but aren't suited for it temperamentally. My boy is the same way, which is why we do very little jumping. That, and I have about as much grace jumping as a drunken howler monkey!

What about the other show people you know at the barn? How about your daughter's trainer? She should have a lot of contacts in the horse world.

Good luck, and I hope you find the right horse for your daughter.

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post #6 of 10 Old 08-21-2012, 12:04 PM
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We have had good luck with Craiglist but ended up rehoming a horse to someone we already knew who answered our ad. We were very selective and asked a lot of questions to potential homes.

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post #7 of 10 Old 08-21-2012, 02:19 PM
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I actually thing they look like a perfect fit in the picture.. he is a pretty TB but with the other issues I can understand... Good luck selling it looks like others have suggested so great ideas..

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-21-2012, 07:25 PM
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She is for sure not to tall for him. I know many people that are 6 feet on a 15hh horse.

Post in your local tack shops, tell your farrier and possibly vet. Craigslist, Dreamhorse.com, there are many other websites online

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post #9 of 10 Old 08-21-2012, 11:06 PM
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I am actually in the market for a new dressage prospect! Drifter has made great progress but he hates his job when it comes to dressage. I have been idly looking around for another horse who is happier doing flat work. I am keeping Drifter though, so I am in no rush to find another.

However, what would you be asking for your boy? And whereabouts in NC are you? I have family in Asheville and cousins in chapel hill. Any where near there? I was just thinking about proximity if it came to seeing him/bringing him down here where I go to school.

Would love to hear more from you! Best of luck to you and your daughter :)
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-22-2012, 04:41 AM
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I don't think she looks large on him at all.

In my experience, these days online advertisements sites are always good. But still the local newspapers, notices at tack-stores can sell a horse. Also word of mouth, tell your vet, farrier, instructor, local pony club etc.
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