DeigoAndHarley
09:40:45 Running Horses
1/48. Good coat rating? -HEE Click-
TenaciTea
09:40:02 Tea
Broken link, pony
Pony Eventing
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-HEE Click- 1/1
Moonland And Elites
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I really want to get Jello or Timbie art for my MA it's unloved XD
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Thanks, Luxi
Madsie Manor
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Ummm, I just spend 250k ebs.... on GHS art.... I don’t regret it :)
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Oooo happy bday tea!
Footloose & Fancy
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I'm excited for RO because severel of my foals will ne grown
Moonland And Elites
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My birthdays in February
Diagon Alley Elites
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My birthday is in December but I'm skipping that RO. RF probably would have been extra mean.
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Alright game, it is actually my birthday so let my matches for next RO work out XD
Misty Streams
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All my accounts have random dates, but the year is correct on most of my accounts. Lol.
Moonland And Elites
09:21:28 M&E, Moo
Lol, All my accounts have the right year but my MA is the only one with the right date
DeigoAndHarley
09:21:08 Running Horses
Sooo cute! -HEE Click-
Diagon Alley Elites
09:20:16 Dev
I tend to not put my real birthday in but I put in the right year, but I think I put my actual birthday in on this lmao.
TenaciTea
09:19:03 Tea
I don't have it public.
I also tend to just leave the date as Jan 1 of the correct year cause I'm lazy lol
Moonland And Elites
09:17:57 M&E, Moo
Ok cause i looked on the news page and it isn't there
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-HEE Click-
DeigoAndHarley
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Thoughts on her coat? She’s a WSS
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M&E, they might have it not visible to public or only visible to friends.
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Training a retired racehorse (the end of our chapter...) April 21, 2020 10:36 AM

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On 4/19 I bought my 7th OTTB. Yeah... the seventh one. I have been riding Thoroughbreds off the track on and off throughout the past 3-ish years. Some have been eventers, others hunters and show jumpers. One was absolutely crazy and dangerous at certain times, one was bombproof, one was a killpen horse, there was the one from a horse sale and the one who taught me the most and the one who I bought out of my friends pasture after he sat for years. I loved every second with them. They were all resale projects which is why none are with me now but TB's are a comfort breed for me and after I sold my 2 yr old filly we went on a search and found Baloo.
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Big Blue Forever (aka Baloo) is a 7 year old grey OTTB gelding. He is a grandson of Storm Cat and by Cherokee Run who won well over a million on the track. Baloo was nominated for the breeders cup as a 3 yr old and it showed quickly that he was not going to be successful. He was very slow. So they sold him on to the people we bought him from who restarted him lightly over fences and then left him sitting for a year and a half...
During this time Baloo lost quite a bit of weight and tons of muscle.. His soft TB feet fell apart and while he was healthy he didn't look fantastic. But, we could tell he had a super nice, quiet personality and was going to make a nice horse. So we drove 2.5 hours to pick him up!
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We got Baloo home and I played around with him, walking around and checking the place out. He was super quiet and just walked along like any other day. Not riding him yet obviously. The next day I made the brave decision to saddle up english instead of western (keep in mind he hadn't been ridden in almost 2 years) and was pleasantly surprised by how much of a gentleman he was. After a nice lunge I hopped on and he rode around perfectly! He went around level-headed and slow, he has really nice movement and smooth gaits. Riding a 15.2 hand horse (which isn't even big) felt huge after riding a 13.3 hand pony mare lol.
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I am super excited for Baloo to progress in his training! I work for lessons so he will be taken to my trainers place eventually so we can get some lessons together. He will also be brought along as a barrel, goat tying and hopefully a rope horse along with being a hunter/jumper. So far I am very pleased with him and I'm sure as he gets fatter and gets his feet done at the end of the week he will be happier.
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Will update with more pictures soon :D

Edited at September 5, 2020 04:51 PM by Montova Acres
Training a retired racehorse (the end of our chapter...) April 21, 2020 11:12 AM

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That sounds awesome! I can't wait to hear more about them : D
Training a retired racehorse (the end of our chapter...) April 21, 2020 12:26 PM

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I can't wait to hear more about him! He sounds amazing!
Training a retired racehorse (the end of our chapter...) April 23, 2020 04:52 PM

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I work with OTTBs at my job and I own 2 myself :D They are so much fun to work with as well as a challenge. I can't wait to see how Baloo's training goes
Training a retired racehorse (the end of our chapter...) April 26, 2020 11:31 AM

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Update ~
I have now ridden Baloo about 5 times. I have hauled him off of my property once. He has been super good, he has a level head and is definitely a "hunter type" mover. I started pole work and very lightly jumped him yesterday just seeing how he would react. We had one bad ride where he struggled with his leads but he turned right around and was a saint off property the next day. His feet got done and he is slowly starting to fill out. For the next 3-4 weeks its going to be lots of pole work and very small crossrails to encourage him to use his hind end and builf up the needed muscle to be a show horse.
Overall, I love Baloo. He has such a friendly personality and such a good mind. He is nothing like the other OTTBs I have had in means of quirks and personality. I havent found anything the phases him yet. Cows, swining hotwire fenced, rank yearlings running and bucking behind a semi-solid wall of an indoor arena, ropes, jumps... nothing has scared him yet. Will update again soon!
Training a retired racehorse (the end of our chapter...) April 26, 2020 03:42 PM

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He sounds awesome - can't wait to see some pictures!
Training a retired racehorse (the end of our chapter...) April 27, 2020 08:03 PM

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Wanderlusts Dream said:
He sounds awesome - can't wait to see some pictures!


I will get some up soon! I just worry about people commenting about his rather skinny state right now. Of course he is healthy its just a worry lol
Training a retired racehorse (the end of our chapter...) April 28, 2020 01:36 PM

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Wanderlusts Dream said:
He sounds awesome - can't wait to see some pictures!


I will get some up soon! I just worry about people commenting about his rather skinny state right now. Of course he is healthy its just a worry lol


No worries, you post pictures once you feel comfortable!
Training a retired racehorse (the end of our chapter...) April 28, 2020 07:06 PM

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Added a headshot of Baloo :D Have really been seeing a difference in his weight lately and his overall strength. Will do an update later tonight! We have done some pretty fun stuff the past couple days!
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He's gorgeous!

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