Another Sad Youngster

November 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Suddenly it’s all about riding horses that are waaaay too young, and pushing them beyond what they should be.

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So this horse is four years old.  And not only has it raced (OTTB means Off The Track Thoroughbred) – they start riding at one and racing shortly thereafter – but then when it obviously didn’t do well as a racer it was sold to someone who didn’t give it the rest it deserved but started jumping it.

I wouldn’t pay $6000 for a horse that is going to break down sooner rather than later!

You put this under the “Wanted” section (not for sale), but I think if this horse could write the ad it would be as follows:

Wanted:  A Much Needed Break

I’ve been started too young!  Please put me out to pasture so I can finish growing, and give my bones a chance to set.  Jumping is only making it worse for me.


And the basics:

  • Breed  ✔
  • Papers:  ✖
  • Age  ✔
  • Height  ✖
  • Professional Training  ✖
  • Shots / Vet  1/2 marks
  • Farrier  ✖
  • Shows  ✖
  • Health Issues  ✔
  • Personality  1/2 marks
  • Other Info  ✖

For personality I only gave half marks because they do talk about how she is with beginner riders and out on hacks.  But that’s not enough information!

So total marks is 4 out of a possible 11.  Again, not very good.


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