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    10-04-2012, 02:07 PM
Thanks, rlr. Those are what I call his 'glamour shots'. He looks a little different now that he's come to me and is slumming it.

Still a lovely horse with a great temperament, although he does like to torture my gray Arab gelding for some reason.
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    10-05-2012, 12:02 PM
Any helpful tips on what I could do to help them gain weight? I'm bringing both home on a trial basis, and if I decide to keep one, I would like to know the best way to get them into shape and at a healthy weight. I am all for getting grain, because they will be out in pasture with hay and 5 other horses.
    10-05-2012, 12:37 PM
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I know its going to cost you and they are only on trial - but you really do need to get them both wormed before you put them anywhere near other horse on your pasture - chances are they could contaminate the whole lot
I am in favour of fecal egg counts and blood tests to confirm encysted worms/tapeworms.
If they are heavily infected that has to be dealt with ASAP
Any new food needs to be introduced slowly
Good ad lib hay
I'm inclined to go for a low sugar/low starch complete feed that has all the supplements you need already balanced and included
Rice bran is good for weight gain - too much can cause loose poos so introduce slowly
I like Sugar beet - good weight gain, moisture content, high fibre and calcium and safe energy release
Add some chop and maybe some bran to slow them down when eating
Good luck
    10-10-2012, 04:03 PM
I ended up buying the first mare. She is 7 years old. Raced on the track for a few months. Raced 8 total. Her official name is Yakkity Yakkity. She did ok on the track, but mostly I am impressed with her overall disposition. I found out that her last race (Sept 18, 2009) was the last time that she was ridden. She's never been anywhere but the track and her pasture. I have taken her out 3 times on trails now and she is absolutely amazing. She is very alert and confident. Does everything I ask without question and responds amazingly! I cannot believe how great she is with having no prior pleasure riding experience. She also runs up to the gate to great you, lets you fumble around trying to halter her, stands tied and loads without issue. Probably the best $200 I ever spent :)
    10-10-2012, 04:13 PM
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I hope everything goes well for you, she sounds like she could be ideal for what you want and given her a good home and a new purpose in life
People have this notion that all TB's are crazy spooky want to gallop everywhere horses. If they are trained to run then they will do that of course but so will any breed - just generally not as fast
All the TB's I've owned have been less spooky than many ponies and the last one who was by Nijinsky avoided anything that involved speed if he could and was a perfect gentleman to ride and handle though he did have a warped sense of humour
Good luck and post some pics as she improves condition
    10-23-2012, 07:24 PM
I leased a slightly underweight under muscled OTTB who was very sweet and calm and pleasurable. Until he gained weight and muscle, then he got his "spark" back and starte to act like a racehorse. I wish you luck and hope your lady stays nice!
    10-23-2012, 11:00 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Well, this is my 'freebie' TB. Real dog, ain't he?
Dang Speed. That is a nice horse! Free? I'll give you your money back on him.
    11-17-2012, 08:59 AM
Hope all is going well with your mare. Having done rescue with dogs, I have found that after they are treated and back to normal their personality can change. The sweet dog is now a bratty dog so hopefully your mare stayed sweet.
    11-17-2012, 09:18 AM
Originally Posted by Shapes    
Hope all is going well with your mare. Having done rescue with dogs, I have found that after they are treated and back to normal their personality can change. The sweet dog is now a bratty dog so hopefully your mare stayed sweet.

That can happen, true but then, the bratty dog can be trained to be an amazing dog. This mare can also be trained to be perfectly compliant. The more work we put in the more benefits we reap in the bond/trust between us.

Good luck with your mare, sounds like she is a real diamond in the rough. Congratulations on a good find.

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