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        12-08-2010, 12:06 PM
    Anybody Looking for an OTTB?

    I helped raise this guy at the breeders when he was a foal. He was always my favorite!

    15.3h Chestnut Ottb Gelding
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        12-08-2010, 12:13 PM
    Unfortunately, TBs are a dime a dozen nowadays, plus it's winter. People rarely take on, much less buy, horses in the winter.

    He's also a cribber, which is a deal breaker for a lot of people.

    I wish the owner luck in selling him, but at that price she may have him a good while longer.
        12-10-2010, 12:53 PM
    I am having trouble opening the link, can you cut and paste it into your post?

    ALL horses are a "dime a dozen" and fortunately there are people that can see beyond breed or vice and be blessed by bonding with the right horse.

    I think its wonderful for you to help find him a good home, and don't let negative attitudes get you down! Use your network and talk him up. Any chance you could keep him?
        12-10-2010, 01:12 PM
    I don't have a negative attitude, Saratoga. What I posted is the absolute truth.

    Many people don't like cribbers. They destroy stalls, barns and fences, plus they can have health problems related to the cribbing. Those are well known facts.

    It's also winter. People are usually unwilling to buy an animal that they can do little with for 3 to 4 months. The winter months are also when hay and feed prices are at their highest. There's no reason to put another mouth on your feed bill until the weather and prices are better. That's just plain old common sense.

    TBs are a dime a dozen. They're overbred because of the racing industry. There are plenty of horses who have shown no talent at the track who are given away. No purchase price required.

    TBs also constitute a large majority of the horses going to slaughter, because if they don't cut it as racing animals, they're worthless to the industry.

    Not all horses find a loving, forever home, and you're naive if you think they do, or that a horse who is exactly like hundreds of others is somehow worth more than one given away.

    You may find all those facts to be 'negative', but they're the truth.
        12-10-2010, 01:20 PM
    Good for you helping him get placed, CharliGirl! Keep putting feelers out and talking him up.
        12-10-2010, 01:52 PM
    I do think it is great that the OP is trying to find him a home. His price seems scary high to me if he has not had any additional training from him track career.

    SR is very right. Extra right for this time of year. The northern tracks are closed or closing and TBs are gotten easily for nothing or close to nothing.

    Facts are not a bad thing when you are trying to market a horse.
        12-10-2010, 04:55 PM
    I know the odds are against him when it comes to finding a new home. He was my favorite baby, and I would hate to see him go to slaughter. He did okay at the track with a 1st place win last year, and a 3rd place this August.

    Unfortunately, I cannot take him in with school and all. Three horses is quite a lot to care and pay for...I really wish I could give him a home though! I've been thinking about selling my pinto pony Patches lately, as he can be a bit much horse for me (and I'm too tall for him). I know OTTB's can be a handful, but this guy was always pretty mellow--I'm surprised he took to racing so well. I really hope the right person will come along and take him in. If he is anything like he was when he was a foal, he will quickly learn any new discipline.

    One reason his price might be high is that he comes from a real nice dam named Blumin' Bauble. She won nearly $150,000 on the track back in her day, if my memory serves me correctly. She is a great mare with an excellent temperament. Still, I do think $1500 is a lot to ask for an OTTB. On my local Craigslist, there are TB's starting at $200 each.
        12-10-2010, 08:24 PM
    I agree with SpeedRacer. TB's are dime a dozen and its going to be SUPER hard to sell him now that its mid December. Hay and feed prices are high. Plus getting a TB means getting heavy winter blankets which range from $200-500 a blanket. Its expensive to buy any horse in the winter and even more expensive to buy a horse that needs more care likes blankets and possibly shoes {not sure in his case}. Maybe see if the owners will lower him to $1000 and put OBO by the cost. Contact some TB rescues in your area if there are any and definitely put lot's of feelers out. Don't give up but in reality they'll probably have to wait for spring for him to be sold.
        12-10-2010, 09:33 PM
    I do and I don't agree with SpeeRacer times are hard but cribbing shouldn't stop anyone from geetting a horse. That would be just sad no offense.

    I already have an ottb who is very hyper and already trying to geet him to calm down oye!!! We are having fun now!!!

    Good luck
        12-10-2010, 09:35 PM
    And I do agree with Saratoga 100%

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