December 11, 2014 at 3:59 pm
A few days ago, I saw this listing on CANTER.
He was prettey beyond belief, and I fell in love at once.
His name is Doit’s Cat.
He is going to be participating in an equine 90 day transformation challenge.
So, I promptly emailed the owner. Usually, I would proceed with caution, but he was never raced. The trainer said that he was very mellow and go with the flow. She offered for us tocome out to her farm and try him.
What are your opinions?
I am a fairly experienced rider and I have ridden HOT horses before. I also am very patient.
"Think of riding as a science, but love it as an art" ~George MorrisDecember 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm
Are you considering buying him before or after the 90 day challenge? How old is he? I’m just curious as to why he was never raced, depending on his age. Have you gone to visit him? I would definitely check him out, but be cautious. And definitely have your vet do a check if you do decide to start the purchasing process.December 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm
If you like his looks, by all means go and check him out in person. Just don’t set your heart on him based only on a picture!
It is never the horse's faultDecember 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm
Thanks, I really appreciate your input. I would have to buy him at the expo, but I am going over break to see him, and then going and trying him in April. What do you think of his conformation/build?
"Think of riding as a science, but love it as an art" ~George MorrisDecember 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Oh, he is three years old.
"Think of riding as a science, but love it as an art" ~George MorrisDecember 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm
From just the one picture, he looks as if he is rather ribby and needs to develop his hindquarters and neck. Of course, at 3, that is not unusual, nor is it necessarily a problem. Joe Joe looked like a scarecrow when I met him (at 20), and now has gone from that to pinning in conformation classes (3rd, then 2nd, then 1st) . Why would you “have” to buy him at this expo thing? Just don’t buy for pretty rather than performance!
It is never the horse's faultDecember 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm
It is an expo and then an adoption.
I definately will ride him before. The trainer (who is very respectable and friendswth my trainer) said that he would be a good dressage horse or a hunter.
"Think of riding as a science, but love it as an art" ~George MorrisDecember 15, 2014 at 7:43 am
He does look like he needs to fill out a bit, but if you try him and like him, then I would say go for it! Just be sure he is everything you want and do your best to guarantee that you will have the success you want to with him! Good luck! 🙂December 15, 2014 at 10:02 am
I just read an article about all the health issues that OTTBs have. Yikes.
"Think of riding as a science, but love it as an art" ~George MorrisDecember 15, 2014 at 10:18 am
I have never read an article about what having an OTTB might be like, as I don’t feel that I am ready to handle one yet. However, just as with any breed, there will be people who think OTTB’s come with a load of problems and health issues, and there will be others who will think they are the greatest horses ever! I think it really depends on personal opinion. But, you are getting a horse that was in a very competitive situation and was an athlete! Remember that going into this-he may be sore or something, but it could be that he just needs some time off. Can you get your hands on vet records, or just speak with a vet that has been around this horse? My rescue horse has proven to be relatively healthy so far, but he is not an OTTB. What specific health issues did you find that pertain to OTTB’s? If you feel that you can deal with them, then don’t pass up a good horse just because there might be a lot ‘maybe’s’ and ‘what-if’s’. Those can accompany any horse. See what you can find out about this horse’s history and try to go from there. Also, when you visit him, do your own check of him. Is there anything that strikes you as unusual or odd?December 15, 2014 at 10:52 am
I read mostly about getting bumped, bad backs and racing related injuries, but he never actually raced so I’m thinking we might be okay. Our vet iscoming out to look at him on Wednesday, so I’ll keep you posted. The trainer said that he has really nice conformation, and I trust her because she has nothing to gain from lying.
"Think of riding as a science, but love it as an art" ~George MorrisDecember 15, 2014 at 11:21 am
I think if he was never raced, you might have better luck! But, he was probably TRAINED for racing, so there’s still that chance. Not trying to be super negative, but just trying to caution you! See what your vet says and go from there 🙂 If you trust your trainer, then also take her opinion into account. Just remember to go with your gut feeling! Trainers can steer you wrong without meaning to, so remember to take what you want and think into account. He is a cutie though! 🙂 I really hope he works out for you! Keep us posted!December 15, 2014 at 11:23 am
I really appreciate your input! My fear is that a health issue will come up later in life, but such islife with horses!
"Think of riding as a science, but love it as an art" ~George MorrisDecember 15, 2014 at 11:29 am
No problem! 🙂
Haha so true, horses can be such a gamble! Hopefully this is a good one for you though!December 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm
They don’t ALL have issues. I have known several whose only issue was that they were slower than everyone else.
It is never the horse's fault
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