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Endiku 12-02-2011 08:46 PM

Updated pictures of our OTTBs!
It's been almost three weeks since the OTTBs were brought to the farm, and I just had to do a bit of an update. I'll have a bigger one tomorrow under the same thread, but here are a few pictures from today!

First are some pictures of "Regal", the 5 year old who's still pretty fresh off of the track. She has some major muscle loss due to being crammed into a small stall with another mare and a suckling filly for approximately a month- but I have to say...she's one of the most sturdy, well build, beautiful moving, intelligent Thoroughbreds I've ever seen. Beautiful carriage, floaty movements, a keen eye...she may even be one of the nicer mares of any breed I've seen. I can't wait to see her in all of her glory, muscled out. The suppliments she is on are doing wonders for her. These pictures don't even begin to do her justice. We're having a really hard time though, in that we really want her for our next project lesson horse, but at the same time we know she's very capable of a second show or competition career, and would probably become bored with our program. It doesn't make it any easier on us though!

you can see the atrophy in her hind end and shoulders, but she's still a remarkable animal, after the conditions she was in.

and some pictures of Sierra and her filly, Kenzie. Both are also recovering very quickly. Sierra's thrush is beginning to go away, and she's feeling MUCH better! This is the first time I've seen both of them running. It was a beautiful thing to see what the right food and care can do. Sierra has already gained approximately fifteen pounds, and is still gaining. Kenzie has also snapped out of her scared, lethargic state and is actually acting like the baby that she is.

csimkunas6 12-02-2011 09:12 PM

Oh my!!! They already look amazing after 3 short weeks! Amazing what good food, and basic care can do for a horse! Look forward to more updates!

Kaibear 12-02-2011 10:17 PM

They look really good and will only get better! Thanks for sharing!

palominolover 12-03-2011 09:12 AM

Wow gorgeous =)

AngieLee 12-03-2011 11:17 AM

wow they look amazing! happy to seem the happy as they regain there health. can't wait to see more pictures:D

tinyliny 12-03-2011 03:05 PM

yes, the bay mare is lovely. What keeps them from going over and playing on the Jungle gym playset?

Endiku 12-03-2011 05:10 PM

The obstacle course that's behind her in the first/second pictures? That's actually our miniature horse 'trail course' and it's right out in the open. However, Regal is pictured inside of our riding arena which is fully closed in...

OH WAIT. I know what you're talking about xD I'm sorry. The will-fall-apart-if-it's touched wooden playset? Nothing, actually. In those two pictures of Sierra and Kenzie, they were being 'herded' to our other land across the creek because we're moving them from the 2 acre dry lot to the 12 acre pasture, and they both 'happened' to get away from them when the boys were trying to get them to go over the bridge. I'm not sure what they were thinking, herding two thoroughbreds like cattle :roll:

just goes to show you how smart we are, I suppose. But anyways, they got away from the boys and were having so much fun cantering around in the open area that we didn't have the heart to stop them. So we watched them for a little while and then re-caught them and finished bringing them to the other side ;D

and thankyou, everyone! They really are coming along well. I didn't get to do a photoshoot today because it was gross and rainy, and then Corona decided to dump a girl today and I had to deal with that x.x just wasn't a good day for pictures. For anyone wandering though, or who saw my previous pictures of Regal- she has sore hips and so stands rather camped out and altogether...strange. We're working with a chiro to get her feeling better but that's what is making her stand strangely ^^ poor gal!

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