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    01-20-2012, 07:56 AM
New OTTB - I am excited and nervous!

I have finally committed myself to an OTTB. My farrier has checked him out and has said that for what I want to use him for he is perfect. He is suffering with mild ulcers from the stress of the environment he is in but is being treated for them.

In terms of conformation he is slightly behind in his one front leg and his back heels are quite flat but I have a brilliant farrier who has every confidence he can fix him up. At the moment the farrier doing the horses feet is the worst in the area and simply slaps on a shoe and cuts them too short.

The financial committment is the most scary part for me but I can't look back now. Any advice is welcome :) I have a good trainer to help me with his let down. We just need him to pick up weight now. Luckily it is Summer so that is in our favour.

I feel like crying from pure joy and pure nerves!!!!!!!!
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    01-20-2012, 08:04 AM
Congrats! I have an OTTB too He has been off the track for quite a while, but I find him a pure joy. It sounds like you have everything in order with a good farrier and trainer. Just take things slow with him, since I am assuming that he is coming right off the track?

Congrats again and enjoy him!

Ps- lucky duck that it is summer where you are!!! I am freeeeezing
    01-20-2012, 08:28 AM
You did it, you did it!!!! That is so exciting, congrats. I have a friend that has a TB that had ulcers as well as poor feet but she got it all under control and he is doing great. You need to keep me posted for sure :)
    01-20-2012, 08:33 AM
Thanks :) We are going to try turning him out on a confined space for a few days to avoid the ponies and other horses "beating him up" while he adjusts. I will probably ride him home cos it's just a few miles down the road and then he will get some rest while he adjusts and then go into work. I believe they need to keep working. I don't want him to lose too much condition.
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    01-20-2012, 08:37 AM
I am the same. An active mind getting bored isn't a good combination either lol.
    01-20-2012, 08:45 AM
It's MY mind that is too active at the moment!
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