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post #11 of 15 Old 08-29-2010, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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A little bit...I'm in the process of trying to contact his previous eventing owner, but I had a thrill when a friend of mine found a link to a website full of pictures from one of the events Sprite competed in (this is Eventing, not steeplechasing) and she found a page with like 70-something pictures of him jumping. He looks really good! :)

We're still trying to figure out why he was dumped, though. It looks like he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe his owner couldn't handle him? She is using a gag on him in the pictures, and although he loves to run and jump he is a pretty sensitive horse. Still, though, if she sold him, why did he end up being given away in very poor condition to the lady we are buying him from? Lots of weird stuff to sort through still. :-\

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post #12 of 15 Old 09-13-2010, 10:36 AM
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Have you found anything more out? Were you able to contact the owners?
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post #13 of 15 Old 01-15-2011, 11:11 PM
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Hoping to bump this up and get more info... I happened to be Googling for this horse's name and was very surprised to find this thread! I was a working student at a barn with a stallion named Class Sprite from Nov 2008-Feb 2009, he was a TB and about 8 or 9 and it sounds like he might be the same horse!

I was going to PM the OP but apparently I can't do that since I just joined. ;P So please, any updates? The Sprite I knew was a big sweetheart (definitely a stud, but still a nice boy) and it makes me sad to think he was just dumped somewhere.
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post #14 of 15 Old 01-23-2011, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds like my horse! I did find his old for-sale ad from about that time last year. I have tried to contact his previous owner but no luck. My best guess is that he was bought by someone who maybe had some issues handling him (he is quite a lot of horse sometimes) and maybe they got hurt or something...the fact that he was gelded last spring adds to that suspicion. Whatever the case, he ended up passing through a few owners very quickly February through June last year, and ended up dumped at a farm in Maryland where no one had time to ride him (or, it appears, even to feed him). He has no medical problems at all and is in general a very sweet, well-mannered boy and bonded with me very quickly after I gained his trust. His only flaw is that he is very cold-backed when mounting and so sometimes I need someone to hold him for me and lead him around a bit after I get on. Other than that (and the usual OTTB attempts at rushing if he can get away with it) I can't find a reason someone wouldn't want him! He is my complete dream horse and I already love him to death.

Workingtrot, there are some pictures of him from the first day I tried him out under his link in my "horses" tab if you want to take a look to see if he looks like the same horse...he is a bright bay, 16 hands, with a hind sock, a tiny star, and a cute head with a long forelock and a bit of a dished profile (unusual as he is a TB). If you don't mind me asking, what state was the barn in which you worked? I know the gal we bought him from picked him up from Maryland, where her friend just wanted to get rid of him. Did they call him Sprite? He seems to respond to it and it is easy, as his show name is Class Sprite. Did you google him just to find out what happened to him?

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post #15 of 15 Old 01-23-2011, 04:35 PM
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Replying to your PM. :)

I actually came across another horse that reminded me of him, and I wondered what he was up to!
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