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post #1 of 18 Old 02-24-2013, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Brought my First Money Pit Home!

Soo...bought the OTTB mare home yesterday to my new barn.(:

Copperhead and myself went out around noon to find a horse that does NOT stand to be saddled, mounted, cow kicks like no other I've seen, and paces on the tie. She was just too cute to pass up for $ couldn't leave her

Soo..she's not too bad..all the training holes I can fix and shouldn't take horribly long. She's a good 75-125 underweight though..Not too bad and her topline is still half decent, her ribs and hips show a bit.

So, while she's a pushy, disrespectful, underweight mare now..I'm definitely starting to work with her now, lol. We're going to keep the riding sessions short and mainly focused on responding to leg and learn how to neck rein at walk and a small amount of trot until her weight picks up. I'm weaning her off the Legend racing feed they had her on and tossing her out on pasture with 24/7/365 quality hay.
Pasture board doesn't get grain, so I may very well have to move her to stall with turnout for a few months to get her weight off before I can turn her back out.

Mare (unnamed as of yet, I don't want a horse named is currently in quarantine because she has no record of shots or coggins (would be anyway but..). Calling the Vet tomorrow to see if they can come out ASAP for a first time client because she needs all her shots, coggins pulled for shows and fair, and to see if we're going to sew up her tilted vulva or not since she wind sucks through it..

There's a small bump on her left knee on the inner bone, but I don't think it's anything but a blemish. It's not hot, painful, etc. She only had one extra step off on the flex test, so I'm not too worried about it.

My mum's having an aneurism because she thinks she was abused, neglected, starving, etc..Which, I may end up finding out was on purpose by the owners..You can't have a pasture horse on a hugh energy racing feed (though too little to keep weight?) and be terrified of the horse..It doesn't really work out, lol.

She's sensitive and kicks out when you go about touching her flanks and underneath her belly, but that shouldn't take long to fix, at all.

She still does the gnashing of her teeth from the track, lol. I think it's funny..but that won't be staying, hopefully.

Soo..a picture fresh off the trailer to hold you guys over until I can actually get ALLLLL of them up, haha.

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post #2 of 18 Old 02-24-2013, 12:44 AM
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Good luck with your mare she needs love and groceries

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post #3 of 18 Old 02-24-2013, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Alrighty..I guess a couple more since I can't go back to sleep

Taking her for a spin to see if she had potential:

Fresh off the trailer, old owner who was annoyed and flew around going 65 with
my poor mare in the trailer!

Taking a chill pills and settling in on the tie while I had a cigarette:

And finally settling into her little quarantine paddock until I can get shots and she hits her 10 days after that, haha:

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post #4 of 18 Old 02-24-2013, 01:50 AM
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Aw good luck with her. I'm sure with some TLC she'll become a great girl. What a cute face she's got. They all deserve a fair chance to fulfill their potential and have a happy life :)
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post #5 of 18 Old 02-24-2013, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.(:
I'm hoping that she'll fill out on pasture with hay just fine, but I'll definitely bring her in to stall with turnout and get her on some grain (the Legend again, since it has a weight builder and hoof/hair stuff in it) if she starts dropping weight.

The only thing I see possibly taking a long while to fix is that she doesn't understand a little pull on one rein is suppose to be a cue to turn, I have tp bring the rein an arms length out to the side and she'll turn beautifully..That just looks too horrible to keep with though, haha.

I have her in a mechanical hack and barely have to touch the rein for now to see if that'll help her with the bit evasion and head tossing, and then we'll go to a snaffle and work on contact and everything.

Oh, and how's the name Alahna sound? I like it and I think that's what I'm going to rename her..It has a kind of..royal sound to it, eh?
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Congrats! I'll be looking forward to seeing her with some weight on and slicked out. She's going to be a pretty girl!

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I like Sissy or Sis, not that she is a sissy, but a sister to be loved.
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What a pretty mare, I'm a sucker for bay TBs <3. There are tons of threads here on rehabbing OTBs. Biggest thing IME is to let them "down" for a awhile, i.e. let them relax and get used to the lack of track life. Lots of times they have ulcers which resolve when they get away from that environment.

You've already said so, but lots of simple ground work helps a lot. You mention she doesn't rein very well and that's common-work on it on from the ground as well as in the saddle. Good luck with her!

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Lol, I totally get your issues with her MFT's reg name is "Maid's Sissy Gal". We changed her name pretty quickly to Traveler. Your mare is going to be a beauty! Good luck with her. I'm too old and fragile for the "project" ponies these days, but I remember how good it feels to turn someone else's problem into a productive member of society.
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post #10 of 18 Old 02-24-2013, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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DimSum, she supposedly had a little over a year off from the track and got used for 4h (not sure HOW D: ) for less than a year, and then the owners I bought from only had her for 8-9 months with only 2 rides.

Bellasmom, I don't even think she'll be much of a project temper wise..I threw a chain over her nose and she was a little pushy, but learned real fast that it was in her best interest to listen to me.
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