It’s like this

This is my big yellow money vacuum:

He is at my friend’s farm and is currently serving as a bird perch. He’s extremely sound, living at my friend’s farm. He absolutely can’t be stalled or he’s lame. So at this point, I’m just giving up until we can move out of the city. I have likened him to one of those good looking but useless boyfriends who comes over, lays on your couch, eats all your food and charges things on your credit card. 😉

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I’m not useless! I’m holding up this bird!

Show Ticket, from my last post, got adopted to a dressage home in Oregon. They love her and she is doing wonderfully!

Poke Along, also from my last post, went to her first show and got a 2nd and 4th and was very, very good even though there was a highway right next to the show ring and the footing was crap. More to come, on her!

Bridal Chatter, another from the last post, healed up brilliantly and is perfectly sound. She’s in dressage training and loves it. She is naturally light and flexible – one of those horses to whom a half pass comes easy, but trotting on a straight line without making silly faces with the bit is a challenge. A friend of mine is training her and she is that very rare creature, a dressage person who is willing to just ride a hot horse and let her settle down on her own. B.C., or Chloe as we call her, never actually does anything bad, she’s just hot. Likes to go, will do a little bounce at the canter here or there, but not spooky or stupid.

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Healed up a LOT better than any of us ever anticipated! And all without seeing the inside of a vet hospital. Total cost was about $1100.

She, however, is challenging to me in a new way – she really is hard to put the weight on. Six months post-rescue, this one is still ribby. We are currently stuffing her full of alfalfa pellets and rice bran and I hope to have her filling out soon. We’ve done the teeth, done all the usual supplements, etc. It probably does not help that she is out on pasture 24/7 (she does eat separately) and is running gleefully around. I’m sure it’s fun not to have that foot hurt anymore, but sheesh, slow down Seabiscuit…I’m trying to fatten you up!

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Ribs, ribs, go away!

In the meantime, for today’s version of weird rescue stories, my friend bought a mare at the auction and the next morning realized the papers did not match. She called our friendly neighborhood kill buyer and retrieved the mare the papers actually belonged to, who turned out to be Chloe’s half-sister! Yes, a shorter, calmer, but just as snuggly version of Chloe. Needless to say, Echo was sold to a friend of mine inside of a week and headed off to the desert to learn to be a polo pony. She is an unnamed but registered filly by Thinkin Problem out of Silly Chatter.

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I am adorable and only 15.0 hands!

That’s the update for now. Anyone get a new horse for the holidays? Tack? Anything fun?

Published in: on January 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm  Comments (7)  

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  1. I got winter riding pants! I live in Northern MN, and so far it’s been a cold winter. I have gotten to wear my new pants a few times now, and so far I love them! They are like snow pants, except they have suede on the butt and inner thighs so you don’t slide around in the saddle.

  2. I have a new OTTB in my barn that I picked out for a friend. This is my first trek with a TB let alone right off the track. She is wonderful! She went on her first snow ride, after only 6 post race rides, and was perfect. She climbed a huge hill and crossed a half frozen stream like it was nothing – in a foot of snow! Our vet gave the thumbs up and other than beginning a month of ulcer guard to help with weight gain, she’s perfectly healthy. Keep talking up the TB’s because if they’re half of what this mare is, they’re a fantastic bargain!

    Miss your sarcasm and stories. Great to hear that ‘yellow’ is doing well. Nothing like having a horse moving around to keep the gears lubed and working well. You need to get out of the city!! (and start another blog for those of us who need a dose of horse and cynicism at lunch to get through the day!!)

  3. I love my OTTB!!! We were given this 5 yr old mare last spring, because she bowed a tendon on the track. The owner did not want her to ever be raced again and asked me if I wanted her as I just lightly trail ride.
    She is the sweetest horse I have had in a long long time! Does tend to be a bit more naive about farm life and ‘normal’ things will sometimes distract her, but overall she is doing great adjusting to her life of leisure!!
    Enjoy your OTTB’s, they are wonderful animals!

    • This is the first TB I’ve had the honor of boarding and she is incredibly smart, sensitive and logical. Very teachable and becoming more cuddly all the time. Day 3 of ulcer guard and I think I’m already seeing a difference in her eating habits. This mare is stoic and not spooky at all, even with her high energy. Making fools of my Quarter Horses I regress! Fingers crossed that I can get 100 lbs on her by spring.

  4. I did! I did! I went kinda insane over Christmas. I was having severe saddle fit problems with my coming 4 year old, so bad I couldn’t even ride her. Found a saddle maker in Georgia who is brave enough to actually make her own trees, and those to fit real horses. Spent two days at her shop, after having sent numerous pictures of said problem horse. Came away with a new-to-me saddle, a couple of pads, a new bit and new longe whip. Came back home, and found a perfect double jointed snaffle. Haven’t bought this much equipment at one time in years! Having wonderful rides in our 70 degree Florida weather!

  5. Kathy, It is so great to read up on what is going on in your horsey world.
    I could use some advice!There is the sweetest grey teenaged Percheron cross at my barn that is at least 400 pounds under weight. (He was purchased this way) He is HUGE,almost 18 hands,with thick legs, but his muscle tone is terrible and his ribs and hips continue to stick out despite free choice hay and grain twice a day. He is on a 1/2 acre pasture except for the occasional stalling during severe weather. The owners are nice, but pretty clueless and do not take his lack of weight gain seriously. They even ride him with a big old Western saddle and wonder why he is sweating and so slow!

    I am looking to upgrade him, but have no experience bringing back a horse of this magnitude. Any suggestions? He does get regular farrier care and recently had his teeth floated.

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